As the world of reality TV crashes headlong into a dystopian future, President Trump calls for a Day of Patriotism. I’ve always thought that Independence Day, the good ol’ Fourth of July, was our long-standing day of patriotism, but apparently, it’s not enough.
The motto of our future holiday? Love it or leave it!
The Day of Patriotism will be a celebration of the world Trump enjoyed as a child. When all power was held by white men. When the status quo was never questioned. Before the civil rights protests of the sixties. Before the women’s liberation movement of the seventies. Before black lives even remotely mattered (to the majority of Americans).
On the Day of Patriotism, all will stand for the Star Spangled Banner; we will each pledge allegiance to the flag (in public and in private); and everyone will honor our Christian nation by attending church. We’ll stop those who look “foreign” and demand proof of citizenship. We’ll question our visitors—as they enter the country—asking which religion they practice. And of course, we’ll build a wall.
The first bricks were mortared in place yesterday with Trump’s cry of America First! America First! In his inauguration speech, President Trump pledged a safe world for children (as long as they’re American children). He promised a country where kids may walk the streets—unless they look like trouble, then they will be stopped and frisked. Trump’s wall will encircle the country and each urban community as well.
The Patriots of the American Revolution were insurrectionists. They were a rebel army fighting against an unjust ruler, against the status quo. They envisioned a different America, and they were willing to fight for it. Will there be a place for dissent on our Day of Patriotism?
Don’t see it happening.