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may this 4th stick with you

July 5, 2020

I spent July 4th of 1964 driving around Shreveport, Louisiana, wondering what the just-signed Civil Rights Act meant to the nation.  It was highly divisive in the South.  I spent July 4th of 1968 with the Marines in Vietnam, wondering if I would get back to that nation.  I spent this 4th wondering what will be left of the U.S. for the next 4th.

Trump set up the holiday weekend by ordering a fireworks display at Mount Rushmore for his July 3rd speech there.  They had been banned there in 2009 due to pollution and wildfire concerns.  This was no problem for him because he doesn’t acknowledge pollution and he believes wildfires can be controlled by raking forests.

A crowd of 7500 was predicted, but based on the photos and footage I saw, it couldn’t have been a tenth of that.  Whatever the count, it was almost all white and maskless. Spread of the virus may have been somewhat mitigated by the outdoor setting.  Bear in mind, though, that these good citizens were oohing and aahing in a brisk wind.

Trump couldn’t pass up posing for pics that made him look like the fifth head of the monument.  So finally we got some estimation of the size of his voracious ego.

This was the fourth super-spreader event The Don has sponsored recently.  It’s 15 days since the first one he attended in Tulsa, so the already robust spike in new cases should be shooting even straighter up really soon.

And it’s clear, based on what he said at Rushmore and the following evening on the White House lawn, that his re-election campaign will be pure hysteria.  If he believes that protecting Confederate statues is more important to Americans then the virus, the sucky economy and deep-rooted racism, I say “game on”.  He’s past the point of no return.

5 Comments
  1. Anonymous permalink
    July 5, 2020 6:42 pm

    “And we will defend, protect and preserve (the) American way of life, which began in 1492 when Columbus discovered America.” Trump July 4 at the White House
    Both speeches were so racist it was hard to believe. Then Don Jr’s g/f Gavin Newsom’s former wife was COVID positive so she and Donnie had to drive back east from Mt. Rushmore.

    • July 9, 2020 12:01 pm

      How does a human go from Gavin Newsom to Junior? She may have whiplash, as well.

  2. John Bozich permalink
    July 5, 2020 6:48 pm

    Holding steady here in Kansas. Glad to see you stay abreast with Cheeto-man. Never stop AP!

  3. AL MCCLARAN permalink
    July 9, 2020 1:16 pm

    CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHY DECADES OLD PANCAKE SYRUP, MOVIES, AND LOGOS – WEREN’T RACIST WHEN OBAMA WAS PRESIDENT?

  4. AL MCCLARAN permalink
    July 9, 2020 2:59 pm

    THINK ABOUT IT –
    IN 1966 WHEN BILL CLINTON VISITED DURING HIS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN – ABC NEWS CALLED IT A PLACE WHERE AMERICAN INGENUITY AND AMERICAN CREATIVITY CAME TOGETHER AND FORMED AN AMAZING AMERICAN ACCOMPLISHMENT.

    IN 2008 WHEN BARRACK O’BAMA Campaigned there, CNN called Mt Rushmore – a majestic sight and every president should visit.

    in 2016 when Bernie Sanders campaigned there and said he was humbled to be in the presence of 4 of the greatest presidents – CNN described the scene as awe-inspiring.

    in 2020Trump visits -CNN called it – a celebration of white supremacy and Trump will stand before 2 former slave owners on land wrestled away from Native Americans.

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