El Commandante Naranjo is probably in the green room about now touching up his makeup and patting down his cowlick before he takes the stage in front of the Lincoln Memorial tonight. His day was nearly ruined by news that U.S. military tanks would damage the D.C. streets and maybe cause his presidential transportation to be thrown out of alignment.
I am now wishing I had a Twitter account so I could better communicate my day-saving idea to @realDonaldTrump. But here it is: Since he can’t have tanks on Pennsylvania Avenue, maybe he could satisfy his militaristic-authoritarian dream by training some soldiers to goose step in parade formation. It would cost less and instill even more dread in the citizens.
So much for fulfilling his authoritarian dreams.
Today I was more focused on the financial aspect of his parade. It was my day to send a quarterly payment to the IRS to meet my 2019 estimated tax requirement. I remember the days when I was proud to send in my fair share for the good of one of the history’s finest enterprises – right up there with science, religion, the arts, and good Texas chili. But today, it was painful. Excruciatingly painful.
Nevertheless, take heart and keep faith in the American experiment and western liberalism. Such grandiose ego trips as the one whose effects we are suffering today always trip themselves up in their own tangle of greed and lies.
And what data do I have to support that assertion?
None. It is my faith. Enjoy America’s Independence Day by visiting friends and family, eating hot dogs, watching the fireworks, saying ooh and aah, and choke up a little when you hear America the Beautiful on your personal electronic device. But whatever else you do on this 243rd birthday of the Beautiful Nation, remember that its beauty is formed from a deeply moral and spiritual place in the hearts of brave, good and generous men and women.
Your inherent generosity should not extend to the president unless he perhaps presents at a food pantry you are volunteering with some day. Today it is important that you deny him your electronic presence at his MAGA rally on the Washington Mall. He is not deserving of your attention.