“About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.”
As for the complaint that Trump is making the Fourth of July “political”, such a complaint would stun people like Presidents Lincoln, Jefferson, Madison, and Adams all of whom (and more) celebrated Independence Day with a show of military force.
Let’s be clear: the Fourth of July is a political holiday because the American revolution was the quintessentially political act. More specifically, the revolution was a military action that, among other purposes, enabled us “to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them.“
It’s completely just and good, moral and right that the U.S. military, yes with tanks and warplanes, should be part of the celebration, if not a key part, of the founding of our nation by this inherently political act.