Long before Donald Trump was ever elected “president,” folks like myself were calling him a wannabe dictator. A clear admirer of authoritarian leaders/dictators such as Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, and even Saddam Hussein, Trump’s made it perfectly clear that he feels he should be able to do whatever he wants as “president,” while everyone from Congress, the media, and even our Judicial Branch should all “work for him” — rather than for the American people.
Even before he was sworn into office I remember talking to friends about the fact that, one day, he was almost certainly going to try to have a military parade similar to what you see in nations like Russia and North Korea. After all, insecure shows of military force have been common among most of history’s worst dictators.
And, as we all know, that’s exactly what Trump wants to be.
So, knowing the type of person Trump is, as I’m sure most people reading this do, it should come as no surprise that he’s already begun his push to waste millions of taxpayer dollars on some idiotic military parade.
While Trump and his supporters will certainly try to sell this as some sort of “sign of respect to our military,” make no mistake about it, this has nothing to do with respect for our military — as Trump’s repeatedly shown he has none — this is about nothing more than his weak, insecure ego.
If Trump really wanted to show respect for the military, then he could take the millions of dollars taxpayers would waste on this farce and invest that into programs that would directly benefit our military, veterans, and their families, as suggested by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), among others:
A military parade costs millions. Let’s fix military housing, hire more VA doctors, fund telehealth, DOD schools, support the commissaries, daycare for families, or give more flight training time. Our highest defense priority must be the service members, not the politicians.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) February 7, 2018
Like all ridiculous military parades where thousands of troops and heavy military equipment parade down a public street, this is about a pathetically weak and emotionally fragile leader of a country trying to prove how “powerful” he is.
That’s why you mostly see dictators and tyrants do these things — because they’re weak.
They’re the unhinged, emotionally unstable egomaniacs who constantly feel the need to “prove they’re manly and powerful.” That’s why someone like Putin is often photographed shirtless doing something “manly.” It’s not because he’s really out genuinely riding a horse without a shirt on, or able to score on professional hockey players, it’s because he’s so insecure about his own power and ability to keep it that he constantly has to stage absurd photo-ops to “show off his manliness.”
Donald J. Trump is possibly the most emotionally fragile and insecure person I’ve ever seen. A man who’s put his last name on nearly everything he owns, who’s so delusional about what he is and the reality surrounding him that I truly don’t believe his mind functions in the same reality in which the rest of us live.
While I have serious doubts that his parade will actually happen — though I’ve learned the hard way never to underestimate just how low Republicans will stoop to pander to Trump — if it does, make no mistake about it, it will have absolutely nothing to do with respect for our military and everything to do with Donald Trump’s weaknesses, insecurities, and fragile ego.