Have a Happy, Safe 4th of July: Besides Independence, What do Parades Celebrate?

Don't eat the fireworks but do have a parade. Then reflect on what we are celebrating.

"America has spent nearly $6 trillion in the war on terror. The cost to the countries we broke is incalculable. We have lost nearly 7,000 in combat and have returned at least 350,000 mentally and physically damaged veterans."

But sure, let's have a parade.

Happy 4th of July.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (17)
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HubbaBuba2
HubbaBuba2

Since people (and I) have big numbers gloss over them I like to put things in a per capita - YOUR SHARE - basis: The "War on Terror" has cost us ~$17, 647 PER PERSON. Think of it this way, you hawked say 75% of a free typical car - for what? Can you still give me the car? No. But you can have some other problems - and no end in site.

Tengen
Tengen

Warnings on fireworks are meaningless. The only people eating them are those who have graduated from Tide pods and need a new challenge.

shamrock
shamrock

The stock market had it's best June in 81 years. You know, since the year before rising nationalism helped launch WWII.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

On balance the US has done way more good than bad. If you disagree then go live elsewhere. Have a happy 4th.

Sincerely A legal naturalized citizen.

Irondoor
Irondoor

I live in a small (5,000 folks) in Montana. We had our usual 4th parade. Fire trucks, Sheriff’s vehicles, local businesses advertising their goods and services. Pickup trucks, high school cheerleaders. Paraders throwing candy and everyone having a good time. Nobody mentioned who was President, interest rates, tariffs, China, or anything other than how grateful we are to be Americans. Happy Independence Day.

wootendw
wootendw

It's been wet in the DC area and I hope Trump's fireworks display gets washed out. And most of the people who live in the DC area deserve to suffer.

Je'Ri
Je'Ri

Considering how much money the US spends on its military, I was particularly disappointed at how few assets were on display. The Russians, Chinese, and even the broke North Koreans put more troops and equipment on the streets for their annual parades. Remember Kennedy and his "missile gap?" Well, we have a serious parade gap between us and our ostensible enemies, and Mr. Trump needs urgently to do something about it !

Sechel
Sechel

The amount of money spent on parades, private jet travel for Trump cabinet members, golfing and protection for Trump's children to conduct business in South America is gobsmacking all while Trump complains about the cost of a Mueller probe which actually made money after accounting for the confiscated Manafort assets

Sechel
Sechel

We even used park funds which were to go to other purposes. Almost a guarantee footage of the 4th of July event makes its way onto Trump's campaign videos and twitter feed for re-election

DavGreg
DavGreg

When OBL and Co attacked us, we responded in the wrong way and it has immeasurably hurt our nation and our democracy.

Politician/Chickenhawks, who exist in both parties, went to war in Iraq that had bupkis to do with 9-11. As a citizen and veteran, I have nothing but disgust at these self-styled experts without portfolio who are always clamoring for war or intervention yet never served but are all too happy to send you or your loved ones to war. We live in a time of sunshine patriotism (U.S.A.! , U.S.A.! ...) and as a nation are about as dysfunctional as imaginable, coasting on momentum and eating our seed corn.​