We live in a rather strange cultural vortex as you know. The run of the mill American has little attachment to the military forces with have spread around the world to… ostensibly spread global hegemony. From the outside looking in, military adventure has little to do with protecting America and the bravery of those who sign up to fight these conflicts are in the words of a california teacher are:
“Think about the people who you know who are over there. Your freaking stupid Uncle Louie or whatever. They’re dumbs‑‑‑s. They’re not like high-level thinkers, they’re not academic people, they’re not intellectual people. They’re the lowest of our low.”
The people who understand the value of the troops themselves already know… they are the families and friends of this .5% of the population who are willing to do the nations dirty work. The people who know the scarifies made by these dedicated people are the veterans who have ‘been there and done that’. You can’t transmit that kind of dedication and loyalty with a parade
A parade does little to raise the profile of a military that has not ‘won’ a war since WWII. Of course its not the troops fault… it is Washington. While Trump may wave the banner of the soldier, he hasn’t shown the desire to bring them home… give them a rest from adventurism created by business and political opportunists who keep their children far away from the action… and we still have far to many vets seeking care where none is available.
Parades come at the end of a successful campaign to defend our homeland… after the bills are payed to care for every injured soldier… and after we actually build, without question, the premier fighting force that a parade is suppose to project.
Coming from a military family, I understand the disrespect that the soldier gets today… but in some ways that has come from a society that has decided to pay someone else to do the hard work for them and a government that is far more interested in using their big stick for everything other than defense.
If this parade is about national pride, I would suggest that only getting into conflicts that are absolutely necessary with equipment that is second to none, by leaders who are determined that only a decisive win is the goal and when it is all done, we bring our people home and give them a parade… If it is about recruitment, those same things will do more to build a dedicated fighting force than a small boy getting excited by a tank in the streets…
Or… as Rand Paul says… bring our troops home… then throw a parade in their honor…