Fighter jet flyovers, armored vehicles on the streets and a president’s salute to America. We celebrate our history, our people and the heroes who proudly defend our flag, the brave men and women of the United States military. The 4th of July celebration in Washington is not usually about partisan politics, but this year, there are protests which include the Trump baby blimp and a trump robot tweeting from a toilet. I think it’s very clear the president is politicizing a nonpartisan event, particularly by putting himself in the middle of it. And I feel like the bringing out of planes and tanks, they’re like his little toys so that he can feel better about himself at the taxpayers’ expense. I think Trump is a very divisive president. He does not fundamentally know or care about the difference between right and wrong, as well as Trump supporters. I think he’s doing everything he needs to do to celebrate the country and to support his people, the Forgotten Americans.
We have all of our enemies. They come out and they do these up these grand displays with their military equipment. They talk a bunch of nonsense about the United States and you make it like they can beat us. Well, if I was an enemy of the United States, I would be scared right now. Since Trump attended Frances Bastille Day celebration in 2017, he had wanted a military parade. Last year’s plans fell apart amid cost concerns and criticism of militarization, the same issues raised by critics this year. Our strength is the citizens. Our strength is our deep patriotism to this country. Our strength comes from the people and it comes from the Constitution. It just doesn’t come from the military and I think that that creates in accurate perception of what the United States really is. The White House insists the focus is on patriotism not politics. The administration has not released a tax payer price tag for the celebration estimated at millions of dollars.
Patsy Widakuswara, VOA News, Washington.
1. Since Trump attended Frances Bastille Day celebration in 2017, he had wanted a military parade.
military parade 阅兵
I have not seen any one half of the military parade to achieve its standards.
2. Last year’s plans fell apart amid cost concerns and criticism of militarization, the same issues raised by critics this year.
fall apart 分崩离析，崩溃，破碎
The work was never finished and bit by bit the building fell apart.
我们有很多敌人 。他们每次出来就会摆出这些阵仗，会秀军事装备 。他们会大谈特谈关于美国的无稽之谈，给人的感觉就像我们只有臣服的份儿 。我想说，如果我曾经与美国为敌的话，那我现在也会感到害怕 。自从特朗普2017年参加了法国巴士底日庆祝活动以来，他就想举办阅兵 。去年的计划泡汤了，因为有人担心成本问题，也有人苛责太过军事化的问题 。今年，评论家们依然提出了这些忧虑 。我们的力量就是人民 。我们的力量是我们对美国深厚的爱国主义 。我们的力量源自于人民、源自于宪法，跟军事无关 。我认为这是对美国本质的正确理解 。美国政府坚持认为，关键点在于爱国主义，而非政治 。特朗普政府并未公布此次为庆祝独立日所耗费的纳税人资金究竟是多少，但有人估测是数百万美元 。
感谢收听Patsy Widakuswara从华盛顿发回的报道 。