Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
We celebrated America yesterday and loved every minute of it.: We started the day by driving in our big, gas-guzzling SUV over to the neighborhood where our daughter and her family live, which is populated mainly by young families who have moved to our smallish town to take advantage of the wonderful schools here.
Rather than go over to Arlington or Fort Worth or other larger nearby cities to take in the long parades taking place there, the families in this neighborhood arrange a July 4 parade of their own each year. I timed it, and from start to finish, it lasted a little over a minute.
And it was perfect: A collection 8 or 10 golf carts, some amazingly-well restored classic cars, and a bunch of little kids dressed up in red, white, and blue, riding their bikes and scooters and even a couple of hover boards, all of which were decorated in red, white and blue as well. They were waving flags and saying “God bless America” and all the parents and grandparents clapped and laughed and waved flags of their own as the little parade passed by. Perfect. America.
My son and his family were joining us for dinner, so after the parade, the little wifey, my daughter and I wandered over to the local Target, where the clerks all appear to know my daughter by sight. Ok, just kidding, but she is in there a lot. A really lot, as are pretty much all the other young mothers with young kids in our little town. Trust me, this Target will never go out of business. It is a big box retail powerhouse.
There, we picked up a rack of ribs, some sausage, a can of pork and beans, and what I needed to whip up my famous macaroni salad, so that we could engage in the American tradition of pigging out on Independence Day. Oh, and cupcakes – we picked up some cool red, white, and blue cupcakes too, because DB don’t bake on July 4th.
Our own home is a little bit out in the country, up on top of a hill. When we moved here a few years ago, we were warned that the area where we live has more fireworks stands per capita than anywhere else on earth. After witnessing three July 4ths and three New Year’s Eves here, I don’t doubt that that warning was absolutely true.
The 180-degree view from our back patio takes in downtown Fort Worth, 15 miles distant, half of Arlington, and the surrounding area. All told, there are probably about 1.3 million residents in that viewing area. We don’t do fireworks ourselves, and we are clearly outliers in our region. At times, it looked like pretty much everyone else was putting on their own fireworks displays last night. The booms started at about 8:00, as some of the neighbors started to get a little impatient, and went on until well past midnight.
It was glorious. It was perfect. It was America.
Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., hundreds of thousands of patriotic Americans gathered to celebrate our nation’s declaration of independence from Great Britain 243 years ago on the National Mall. There, a sea of humanity stretched from the Lincoln Memorial all the way to the Washington Monument, half a mile distant, and beyond. There, they listened to patriotic music, singing unashamedly along with the songs, waving little flags of their own, watched a wonderful fireworks display, and were awed by several flyovers of military aircraft. They also heard President Donald Trump make a speech that celebrated the history and the future of our great nation, a speech that contained no political content. None.
In the days leading up to July 4, the President had been bashed endlessly by the same TV networks and cable channels who refused to televise this great patriotic celebration of our nation, for politicizing Independence Day. Which turned out to be just another pathetic lie perpetrated on the public by a politically-motivated media establishment that is run by left-wing political hacks.
Almost all of the Democrat presidential candidates spent the day in Iowa, holding political events, bashing the President, and politicizing the day. Because of course they did.
As those candidates awake this morning and view news coverage of the very non-political Celebration of America that took place in Washington, and the photos of that massive crowd of Americans, they would do well to recognized that there are tens of millions of Americans who would have loved to have been in the nation’s capital celebrating their country, too. And each and every one of those patriotic Americans are growing extremely weary of the anti-American crap the Democrats are pushing.
Those millions of Americans heard the following words from their President last night, and they loved these words and believe them:
“We will always be the people who defeated a tyrant, crossed a continent, harnessed science, took to the skies, and soared into the heavens. Because we will never forget that we are Americans and the future belongs to us. The future belongs to the brave, the strong, the proud and the free.
We are one people chasing one dream and one magnificent destiny. We all share the same heroes, the same home, the same heart, and we are all made by the same almighty God. From the banks of the Chesapeake to the cliffs of California, from the humming shores of the Great Lakes to the sand dunes of the Carolinas, from the fields of the heartland to the Everglades of Florida, the spirit of American independence will never fade, never fail, but will reign for ever and ever and ever.”
Those tens of millions of Americans who love these words and believe these words will all be voting to re-elect the President who spoke them.
God Bless America.
That is all.
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