We’re taking the time off right here at The A.V. Membership in honor of Independence Day, with apologies to our pals in different nations whose thirst for content material will go unslaked whereas we run round blowing issues up and consuming from cans actually emblazoned with our nation’s identify for after we neglect what we’re celebrating. And now we have our causes. For you see, if one way or the other you haven’t already heard, America’s most patriotic vacation has a bizarre vibe this yr.
This time final yr, our first black president welcomed Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monae to the White Home. This July 4th weekend, in the meantime, our first pro-wrestler president is talking at a live performance/rally sponsored by evangelical megachurches ostensibly in honor of army veterans, however actually in honor of himself. Take this DPRK-worthy ditty (the tune begins at 34:28, if YouTube doesn’t sync up correctly):
That’s the First Baptist Dallas Church performing an anthem entitled—what else?—“Make America Nice Once more,” a stirring, if not particularly lyrically creative, imaginative and prescient of our superb Trumpian future that’s already been registered with Christian Copyright Licensing Worldwide. At this celebration of the freedoms that make America a frontrunner amongst nations, Trump spent portion of his speech attacking the free press explicitly protected by the First Modification of our structure, saying, “The pretend media tried to cease us from going to the White Home, however I’m president they usually’re not.”
So, yeah, issues are bizarre.
[by way of The Los Angeles Instances, Wonkette]
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