Independence Day, the Fourth of July, is a time for celebration and unbridled patriotism for many, but apparently not for the politicians leading Orlando, Florida.
In an email last Friday, the city advertised their Fourth of July fireworks show in a strangely dejected fashion:
A lot of people probably don’t want to celebrate our nation right now, and we can’t blame them. When there is so much division, hate and unrest, why on earth would you want to have a party celebrating any of it?
But in all seriousness, you know in your heart, Fourth of July fireworks are amazing, especially when you are standing in 90-degree heat, 100 percent humidity, next to 100,000 of your closest friends. In that moment, something takes over and we all become united in an inexplicable bond. Yes, America is in strife right now, but you know what...we already bought the fireworks.
The backlash to the unpatriotic statement was swift.
Christina Pushaw, spokeswoman for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), responded on Saturday.
“Yikes. City of Orlando, is this your official position on our country and on 4th of July?” Pushaw asked.
Similarly, in a tweet posted on Sunday, the Florida Republican Party called the message “an affront to the brave men and women who sacrificed it all to protect the freedoms and individual liberty we enjoy today.”
It is an affront to the brave men and women who sacrificed it all to protect the freedoms and individual liberty we enjoy today. We live in the greatest nation in the world and it’s a shame some of Orlando’s leaders don’t understand that. pic.twitter.com/dL5gc8necP— Florida GOP (@FloridaGOP) July 4, 2022
It appears that the city may have finally recognized the ridiculousness of their statement by Saturday afternoon, when they released an apology for their previous email:
The City of Orlando sincerely regrets the negative impact our words have had on some in our community. We understand these words offended some of our residents, which was not our intent. We value the freedoms we have in this country and are thankful to the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for those. We take pride in celebrating the 4th of July to express our gratitude to those men and women and honor the country we live in.
As one might expect, the left was none too pleased about this reversal. Orlando-area state Rep. Anna Eskamani (D) chastised the local government, writing, “Y’all do not need to apologize — your first email captured the tone of how many Americans (and Orlandoans) are feeling right now.”
“It’s ok not to be ok,” Eskamani said, concluding with the classic wokespeak phrase.
What does it say about the left when an inoffensive statement of support for our country and its troops provokes so much outrage, but a near-total condemnation of American patriotism warrants support?
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