President Trump’s proposal to hold a pro-military parade has caused lots of interest and criticism from the left and right, but especially criticism from the left, but what many may not know is that Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer called for a very similar parade not so long ago, reports PJ Media.
Many Democrats and some Republicans think the idea of having a military parade is not in America’s best interest right now, but the public display of our military might is actually not as uncommon as people may think.
As The Daily Wire pointed out, “public displays of military might, including tanks, missiles, and hundreds of thousands of troops occurred in 1919, 1942, 1946, 1953, 1957, 1961, and 1991.”
Afterall, Chuck Schumer suggested the very idea only a few years ago in 2014 to give a “ticker tape” military parade to honor the soldiers who were coming home from Afghanistan after the ending of the war on terror.
“After all, these men risked their lives to protect us,” Schumer said, “They experienced terrible trial and tragedy along the way.”
According to this CBS New York report, Schumer called for “a grand event at the Canyon of Heroes that would include military brass, color guards, military bands, and fly-overs.”
“The brave men and women who have selflessly served our nation with courage and skill in Iraq and Afghanistan deserve a recognition for their sacrifice. I stand with Sen. Schumer in his call for a parade to honor our veteran heroes, and New York City would be proud to host this important event,” Mayor de Blasio proclaimed at the time.
But that was way back in 2014, when it was still okay to be supportive of our military efforts and when there was a Democrat in the White House. Now that President Trump has made a similar suggestion to honor America veterans, everyone seems to suddenly hate ticker tape parades.
Rep. Adam Smith (D-CA) said that “A military parade of this kind would also be a departure from the values of our constitutional democracy.”
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA.) apparently thinks respecting U.S. soldiers is similar to being a dictator:”Because authoritarian regimes like Russia and North Korea hold massive military parades does not mean that we must as well.”
Even Republican Senator John Kennedy had this to say about the parade idea: “I think confidence is silent and insecurity is loud. America is the most powerful country in all of human history; you don’t need to show it off.”
Even though these lawmakers may hate to celebrate our hardworking and sacrificing arms services, doesn’t mean the rest of the country wouldn’t mind witnessing a nice parade as seen in years past.