President Trump is fired up about pumping some energy into the nation's Fourth of July celebration this year, but is already drawing criticism from some of the sourpusses on the left and in the media that don't like him.

Trump, whose patriotic "America First" attitude has galvanized his supporters, is personally involved in this year's celebration. The event may be expanded to include more entertainment and a new and more open viewing area for the fireworks display. That means that more people can visit the Capitol and take part in the festivities. Good thing, no? Not to the grump-asses who hate Trump.

The Washington Post reports Trump is looking to move the traditional fireworks display from the Capitol Reflecting Pool to the nearby West Potomac Park and is planning to address the nation on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. A presidential address on the Fourth of July would be a good thing, no? Not to those still pining for Hillary.

The proposed changes prompted CNN headcase Alisyn Camerota to wonder what a Trump Fourth of July speech might sound like: “Would he give a presidential speech, or would he give one of these sort of foaming at the mouth speeches that we sometimes see at the rallies where they clamor, you know we heard it just last week, where people in the crowd clamor for violence?”

Writing for the Washington Post, author Josh Dawsey sounds even more like the Grinch: "The revised Independence Day celebration is the culmination of two years of attempts by Trump to create a major patriotic event centered on him and his supporters."

Since the election, Trump has in fact been attempting to throw a big party to celebrate America. He loves America and wants the American people to be proud of their country again. That is not a bad thing.

Celebrating America is a good thing. We are good people and do good things. But too many identify patriotism and nationalism with white supremacy and racism and all of the other evils they carry guilt for, and are unable to accept America as the exceptional it nation that it is.

There is nothing wrong with having a party to celebrate America and the American people. As a matter of fact, there is an awful lot right about it.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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