Politics is the profession of hypocrisy – and it was on full display during this year’s Independence Day celebration.

As is the case every Fourth of July, most Americans took off from work to join their families, friends, and neighbors in millions of mini celebrations across the nation – from grand picnics to simple backyard barbecues.  Parades moved down Main Street in virtually every community in America – with streets lined by a very diverse group of local citizens.  They watch the high school band go by – also the local Miss Something or other, the Chamber of Commerce, the veterans, firetrucks, police cars and … yes … military vehicles.

Then in the evening, millions of us gathered in public places – or in front of the television – to listen to concerts with well-known patriotic songs.  Millions sang along to “God Bless America,” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “This land is my land.”

As darkness fell, we heard the first chords of the “1812 Overture” – the lead-in to the much-anticipated fireworks display.  Some of us may have wondered why that particular musical work has become so much part of our Independence Day celebration.  It was written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as a musical tribute to Russia’s defeat of Napoleon’s invading Grande Armée in 1812 – about the same time America was again engaged in another war with England.  I think it must have to do with that powerful cannonade conclusion.

So, what does all this reminiscence and history have to do with the headline subject – the Democrats?  Just setting the stage.

Democrats and their media allies have been speaking out against politicizing the Independence Day celebrations – claiming that is what Trump was planning to do.  After all, Independence Day is like all holidays in which we set aside our differences and focus on the things we have in common.  In the case of Independence Day, it is the time to focus on our civic history and our unifying culture – the things that make us all Americans, whether our lineage goes back to the colonists or we have just pledged our allegiance recently.

In the spirit of the holiday, one might expect even our politicians – especially those seeking the highest office in the land – to take a break from politics.  We should find them in their hometowns celebrating alongside their friends and neighbors.  They could be giving non-political patriotic speeches to remind we the people of our heritage and common bonds.

So, where DO we find our politicians running for President?  Are they in their hometowns celebrating alongside their constituents?  Are they giving those non-political patriotic speeches?

Nope!  We find a gaggle of presidential wannabes in Iowa giving a political speech and political interviews as fast as they can arrange them.  They are drawing polite distinctions between themselves and their Democratic contenders – and heaping President Trump, who is presiding over a non-political celebration in Washington, unrelenting harsh criticism.

Even the guy who likes to be known as “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg has abandoned his own South Bend, Indiana celebration for politicking in Iowa.

Okay, so they do not want to take a day off from the campaign trail to celebrate Independence Day among family, friends, and neighbors as part of … you know … e pluribus unum.  But why do they have to be so damn hypocritical about it.

So, there ‘tis.

By Larry Horist

So, there ‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

5 thoughts on “How did Democrats celebrate our national Independence Day?”
  1. I agree with you, these candidates should have been in their home states/counties/cities/towns celebrating with their families and friends. There is no difference in our population (generally) when it comes to patriotism, in my career in the military, federal government and business life I worked side by side with different political opinioned people, sometimes we didn’t even discuss politicians and I never knew who they voted for. I never asked what religion they were, didn’t care as long as they didn’t bring it to the workplace. I worked with various companies that had 4th of July events and everyone attended. It’s the politicians that divide us, not the people on the street.

  2. They are the most unpatriotic bunch of people and should be ashamed to be a part of our government.

  3. Promises made Promises Kept,Did Mexico pay for the Wall,Did I miss the Trump Healthcare plan,Did I miss
    the infrastruture plan,Has coal come back,Is the travel ban cover the countries that send us terrorists?Did I miss the Middle Class tax cut on Nov 12.Has he eliminated the national debt & balanced the budget,Did voter fraud commission find fraud?Did lower prescription drug prices happen.Did I misunderstand the part about to busy to play golf.Did I misinterpret his promise to drain the swamp.It’s very hard to tell students to tell the truth,do be honest,and they come back to say Well the President doesnt,so I dont have too.

  4. Some AMERICANS LIGHT FIREWORKS THAT CELEBRATES AMERICA, some celebrates their wish to be come the leader of AMERICA by pushing their despise for AMERICAN VALUES WITH SOCIALISM. Big Government will tell you what to do, Obamacare, for your own good whether you want it or not and whether you can afford it or not. The Government will hit you with a Substantial fine IF YOU DO NOT COOPERATE.

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