Donald Trump and Authoritarian Aspirations

When one hears about a military parade, they usually think about countries such as North Korea, China, and the former United Soviet Socialist Republic. Countries that host military parades, as George Orwell has indicated, “Military display is only used in countries where the common people do not laugh at the army.” Authoritarian regimes such as the aforementioned use military parades to showcase the military might that will be used against dissenters to the regime. It is a tactic that authoritarian regimes utilize to possibly stifle opposition, and to show the world they are not to be trifled with.

The corollary to this is that countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and other perceivably free countries do not host military parades these states maintain their monopoly on violence through less coercive means because a military parade is seen as anathema to perceivably free countries. Recently, President Donald Trump told the Pentagon to organize a military parade. The last time there was a military parade in the United States in 1991, after the victory with Operation Desert Storm. Before that, during the Cold War, there were some military parades, especially during Eisenhower’s and Kennedy’s inaugurations. And there were parades after the Civil War, WWI, and WWII to celebrate our victories in those. The aforementioned presidents wanted military parades to send a signal to the USSR that they were just as powerful; in jest with the military parades of might the USSR hosted every May 1st on May Day. However, even Eisenhower and Kennedy recognized that often held military parades would put unwanted scrutiny on them, which is why they only hosted them very seldom. Since President Trump wishes to hold a military parade for seemingly no reason, the question: is the president hosting a military parade to show his opposition that he demonstrating the force that will be used against you, if you a member of opposition against me and my agenda? And is he attempting to create a cult of personality in the process? And the answer to this is possibly.

Journalists Nicole Chavez and Marissa Fessenden from CNN and the Smithsonian, have asserted that, “Trump’s desire to revive the tradition of a military parade has spurred concern among historians.” And that, “Military parades have only occurred after major victories such as the Civil War, WWI, and WWII.” As they have indicated, major military victories were the catalysts for military parades in the 19th and 20th centuries. To host one now would be very concerning and anachronistic in the United States.

It is no secret that we have not had a military victory since 1991. The War on Terrorism has been a failure so far by and large. Since his election in 2016, Donald Trump has promised to, “Make America Great Again.” He may wish to have a military parade for many, possibly suspicious reasons, reasons such as: He may wish to tell Kim Jong-Un through a military parade that my military is more powerful than yours, to demonstrate to his opposition that he has the ability to call on the military to stifle them and censure them, and finally to showcase to the world that he is “Making America Great Again” by using such an occasion to showcase his powerful military and its hardware. However, I am calling for a military parade because my administration is insecure and weak, and I need it to be perceived as powerful and secure, is the real reason he is calling for one. He is admitting weakness, and he needs a military parade to show his opposition that he has power through hardware and an obdurate group that will stifle them upon command.

The United States was established by the founding fathers: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, etc., as a country in which both supporters of an administration and opposition of an administration could articulate their thoughts without impunity, save for John Adam’s Alien and Sedition Acts in 1798. It would not make sense to host a military parade in the United States for this reason. The ipso facto of a military parade is to showcase the state’s ability to act with impunity. President Donald Trump’s wish for a military parade should be alarming because he is signaling to us that he is willing to use military coercion on civilians to accomplish his goals. He is saying, “If you oppose me, this will be what you see.” In sum, Trump’s wish for a military parade demonstrates that he is willing to turn to martial coercion to achieve his goals.

When one hears about a military parade, they usually think about countries such as North Korea, China, and the former United Soviet Socialist Republic. Countries that host military parades, as George Orwell has indicated, “Military display is only used in countries where the common people do not laugh at the army.” Authoritarian regimes such as the aforementioned use military parades to showcase the military might that will be used against dissenters to the regime. It is a tactic that authoritarian regimes utilize to possibly stifle opposition, and to show the world they are not to be trifled with.

The corollary to this is that countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and other perceivably free countries do not host military parades these states maintain their monopoly on violence through less coercive means because a military parade is seen as anathema to perceivably free countries. Recently, President Donald Trump told the Pentagon to organize a military parade. The last time there was a military parade in the United States in 1991, after the victory with Operation Desert Storm. Before that, during the Cold War, there were some military parades, especially during Eisenhower’s and Kennedy’s inaugurations. And there were parades after the Civil War, WWI, and WWII to celebrate our victories in those. The aforementioned presidents wanted military parades to send a signal to the USSR that they were just as powerful; in jest with the military parades of might the USSR hosted every May 1st on May Day. However, even Eisenhower and Kennedy recognized that often held military parades would put unwanted scrutiny on them, which is why they only hosted them very seldom. Since President Trump wishes to hold a military parade for seemingly no reason, the question: is the president hosting a military parade to show his opposition that he demonstrating the force that will be used against you, if you a member of opposition against me and my agenda? And is he attempting to create a cult of personality in the process? And the answer to this is possibly.

Journalists Nicole Chavez and Marissa Fessenden from CNN and the Smithsonian, have asserted that, “Trump’s desire to revive the tradition of a military parade has spurred concern among historians.” And that, “Military parades have only occurred after major victories such as the Civil War, WWI, and WWII.” As they have indicated, major military victories were the catalysts for military parades in the 19th and 20th centuries. To host one now would be very concerning and anachronistic in the United States.

It is no secret that we have not had a military victory since 1991. The War on Terrorism has been a failure so far by and large. Since his election in 2016, Donald Trump has promised to, “Make America Great Again.” He may wish to have a military parade for many, possibly suspicious reasons, reasons such as: He may wish to tell Kim Jong-Un through a military parade that my military is more powerful than yours, to demonstrate to his opposition that he has the ability to call on the military to stifle them and censure them, and finally to showcase to the world that he is “Making America Great Again” by using such an occasion to showcase his powerful military and its hardware. However, I am calling for a military parade because my administration is insecure and weak, and I need it to be perceived as powerful and secure, is the real reason he is calling for one. He is admitting weakness, and he needs a military parade to show his opposition that he has power through hardware and an obdurate group that will stifle them upon command.

The United States was established by the founding fathers: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, etc., as a country in which both supporters of an administration and opposition of an administration could articulate their thoughts without impunity, save for John Adam’s Alien and Sedition Acts in 1798. It would not make sense to host a military parade in the United States for this reason. The ipso facto of a military parade is to showcase the state’s ability to act with impunity. President Donald Trump’s wish for a military parade should be alarming because he is signaling to us that he is willing to use military coercion on civilians to accomplish his goals. He is saying, “If you oppose me, this will be what you see.” In sum, Trump’s wish for a military parade demonstrates that he is willing to turn to martial coercion to achieve his goals.

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