(O)bserved on May 1 in the United States. It is a day set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.
The holiday was first observed in 1921, during the First Red Scare. It was originally called “Americanization Day,” and it was intended to replace the May 1 (“May Day”) celebration of the International Workers’ Day, which commemorates the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago.
During the Second Red Scare, it was recognized by the U.S. Congress on April 27, 1955, and made an official reoccurring holiday on July 18, 1958 (Public Law 85-529). President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1955, the first observance of Loyalty Day In 1958, Eisenhower urged Congress to move Child Health Day to the First Monday in October, to avoid conflicting with Loyalty Day. Loyalty Day has been recognized with an official proclamation every year by every president since its inception as a legal holiday in 1958.
Now I want you to know that if you believe in equality, freedom, and brother (and sister) hood you are no better than a mass murdering, aristocrat assassinating, property stealing Communist and as such I welcome you.
We Anarcho-Syndicalists tend to think all the rest of you Social Democrats, Socialists, and Communists are wienies because we held out in Barcelona to the last even when attacked and betrayed by our supposed allies, but you know, not everyone is ready for social justice, worker control of the means of production, and devolution of power to collective organizations no bigger than they must be, or even democracy for that matter. It doesn’t keep us from trying to educate.
It bothers me that people are misinformed (or lied to, take your pick) to consider the Institutional Democratic Party of the United States as representative of “The Left”. While some (not many) represent a marginal improvement over the Neo Liberal status quo most collapse on a fainting couch clutching their pearls when you suggest real solutions to the problems facing this country economically (confiscatory taxes on wealth, corporations, and inheritance) or socially (equal justice under law, firearm control, actual democracy instead of elite posturing), you can’t even get them to agree to Single Payer Health Care.
You might not be as “Left” as I am but can we at least agree to this- the United States is not “America”. Even leaving out the fact that there is a whole other continent called América del Sur (South America to you gringos) including 12 sovereign countries including Brazil which is the 5th largest in the world, WE ARE NOT EVEN THE LARGEST ON OUR OWN CONTINENT!
That would be Canada.
Actually factually the order goes something (exactly, but hey, trying to be diplomatic here) like this-
- United States
We’re #4! We’re #4! Revel in it because in most other measures we don’t score nearly as well.
So as you loyally celebrate your ‘Loyalty Day’ freedumb by loyally proclaiming you belong to “one nation, under God” (which distinguishes you from all us atheist MuslimHinduBuddhistCatholicJews) I want you to remember that while you may be “Proud to Be” a United States citizen you don’t represent America, or even a majority of the citizens of your own country.