Parade Military Propaganda
by Steven Greenhut: Getting
Serious About Ron Paul
I've been watching
a rerun of the Rose Parade, which I've always enjoyed – especially
when I lived in the San Gabriel Valley and would go visit the floats
after the parade and look at the remarkable workmanship. I used
to complain about cities that would subsidize the floats, but other
than that, it's a nice event.
But this year
it struck me as, in part, a
propaganda event for the military.
There was the
"freedom isn't free" float sponsored by the Department of Defense,
followed by the appearance of a B2 bomber from the sky.
nothing is even close to "free" when the DOD gets near it.
ever get tired of that cliche? And where exactly are all our freedoms
that we're spending so much to protect these days? I can't think
of anything I can do legally here in California without getting
government permission or paying a tax.
cheered wildly and the TV commentators fawned over the float.
There was the
"canines with courage" float celebrating those dogs who "serve"
in the military. They mentioned a new memorial that is going to
celebrate those dogs, just as American cops now have grandiose funerals
whenever one of those vicious police dogs gets killed in "the line
of duty." (Unlike the poor household dogs that cops routinely kill
when they show up at people's houses. This
has become an epidemic in some departments.
The Rose Parade
featured a contrived event where a woman was told she won a prize
and got to pose in a photo and it turned out that she was posing
with her husband, a returning Afghanistan war veteran, This surprise
was milked for full mileage by the TV network.
were assorted other military vehicles, marches and floats that celebrated
No wonder we
can't ever get a rational discussion of US military policies or
At least we're
not marching huge lines of military hardware like they did in the
Soviet Union, but maybe it's not so different. Military displays
have long been a part of football games. As George Will wrote, football
epitomizes the two worst things about American life – committee
meetings and violence. So I'm not surprised about that, but the
What does it
say about our society when even a New Year's event is punctuated
by military displays? Nothing good, I'm sure.
Greenhut (send him mail)
is editor-in-chief of CalWatchdog.com,
author of Plunder!
How Public Employee Unions Are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our
Lives And Bankrupting The Nation!, and a columnist for The
Orange County Register.
© 2013 Steven Greenhut