Socialism Art Nature

So, you thought today was about celebrating pagan religious traditions and/or the international workers’ movement. But you were wrong. Obama has just issued a proclamation officially declaring today, May 1st, as “Loyalty Day” in these United States. A day to remember our loyalty to the the principles set down by *our* founding fathers … ya know, freedom (except for slaves), liberty (except for Native Americans), and equality (except for women) …

Because nothing rallies a nation beleaguered by violence, war, unemployment, budget cuts, oppression, and corrupt politics, like good ol’ fashioned LOYALTY to the flag, the fatherland, and the federal government!




Ummmmm…. facts are a thing…

Loyalty Day

“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 Massacre in Chicago.”

“With the exception of Eisenhower in 1959 and 1960, Loyalty Day has been recognized with an official proclamation every year by every president since its inception as a legal holiday in 1958.”

Don’t get me wrong, it’s shitty and creepy as fuck, but let’s not act like it’s something Obama started (there’s plenty of fucked up shit he’s actually doing that we can blame him for) and odds are the actual proclamation was written by some junior staffer because it’s something done more out of tradition now than anything else.

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