— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 4, 2017
President Donald Trump opened his day by observing American independence with a tweeted video clip of a choral symphonic rendition of his campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.” The video was captured at a recent performance for President Trump at the Kennedy Center and was set in front of an enormous American flag in case anyone didn’t get the lyrics.
jingoistic nationalistic song was composed by Pastor Gary Moore, from First Baptist Church of Dallas and was sung by his Baptist choir at the DC performance this past weekend.
Trump’s base is sure to love this clip, though his critics will likely view it on a scale that ranges from “innocently cheesey” to “dangerously nationalistic.” How could this video clip be dangerous? Well Italian novelist Umberto Eco‘s 14 Features of Fascism opened with “The cult of tradition,” which has been loosely interpreted by amateur historian Larry Britt as follows:
- Powerful and Continuing Nationalism – Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
So is this clip unadulterated patriotism or jingoistic nationalism? Is there even a difference?
Tune into your favorite cable news programs in the coming days to hear opinions that conform with your own.
And be careful with the fireworks today. Everyone wants to wake up on July 5th with ten fingers.
This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.