By Stuart J. Moskovitz, Esq.
Normally, I would be against any parade in America that showcases military apparatus. The military is critical to our freedom and the nation would not exist today without it, but while we truly appreciate the military, it is not the foundation of our nation and it would not be my choice to make it the centerpiece of the celebration.
Be that as it may, the current assault on the celebration of July 4 and all things American has caused me to believe that all stops should be pulled out this July 4 to send a message not to the world, but to ourselves.
First, let’s talk about the cost. I have seen people posting that we shouldn’t pay for a July 4 parade when we could be paying off student loans. Let’s examine that first. The cost of the parade will be about 90,000,000. That includes, of course, many costs that would be spent elsewhere, such as Secret Service that would be paid for the day regardless of how it was spent and the allocation of many other fixed expenses. The cost of paying off student loans is 1,600,000,000,000. For those of you who weren’t good at math (you know, if you are a Democratic candidate for President, for example, or a Congresswomen from Queens), that’s 17,777+ times as much money. In simpler terms, if we were to apply that to help people pay off their student loans on a proportional basis, if you had 177,777 in loans, applying this money would reduce your loan obligation to 177,767.00. See why so many people don’t take seriously the Democratic candidates or the people who vote for them?
Speaking of the Democrats, the debates featured the “top” 20 candidates seeking to be President of this great nation. Yet, not one of them complained or cared that there was not a single America flag to be found anywhere during either debate. There is no other nation on earth that would have a debate among candidates for the nation’s highest office that would not display that nation’s flags. Heck, when our local government has a debate for Township Committee both the American flag and the Township seal are in full display.
Nike (not an American shoe company, by the way) has pulled its shoe based on Betsy Ross’ flag because a useless washed up formerly unsuccessful quarterback that no football team wanted on their squad decided it was the symbol of slavery.
Let’s talk about that flag. What Kaepernick and his misguided followers do not understand in their unbridled hatred of the nation that allows them the freedom to be as irrational and obnoxious as they are, is that this flag contains stars for thirteen colonies in all of which slavery was abolished before it was abolished in Africa. Indeed, TODAY, slavery is an ongoing enterprise in Chad, Ethiopia, Mali, Niger, and Sudan. It was not legally abolished anywhere in Africa until after our Civil War. Immediately after the Revolutionary War at which this flag was flown, slavery was abolished in more than half of the colonies represented by the thirteen stars on that flag. England, against whom that flag, was raised did not abolish slavery until 1833. I do not see Kaepernick insisting that companies avoid the Union Jack or the flags of the African nations who not only have slavery today, but had a thriving slave industry long after it was abolished in the United States.
Those who are obsessed with the slavery in the United States abolished in most states long before it was abolished in Europe or in Africa itself, are dishonest and disingenuous. They represent the currently popular anti-American sentiment that underlies much of the Democratic party platform and campaign. As an added note, after many of the States in the United States abolished slavery, Napoleon REINSTITUTED it in France in 1804. It wasn’t abolished again until 1848.
On July 4 we celebrate the founding of the nation that has long been the model for democracy and freedom throughout the world. On July 4 we celebrate the only nation where the European Age of Reason actually became enshrined in its nation’s founding documents and constitutional foundation. On July 4 we celebrate the nation that saved the world from fascism and totalitarianism and destruction of freedom, freedom not available in the land of our greatest enemies coddled by the likes of Kaepernick and Omar and AOC and Bernie Sanders.
On July 4 we need to send a message not just to the world but to those within our own borders ignorant of what this nation has meant to the world, to history and our own lives of freedom. So, whatever it takes on July 4 to have a parade that counters the unfounded slander of those who do not recognize the greatness of this nation, that’s fine with me.
Stuart J. Moskovitz, Esq, is a fomer mayor of Manalapan