• Loyalty Day: This is Just Plain Creepy

    May 6, 2012

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    Posted in: Democracy, Other Ideas

    Did you know that Obama and whatever passes for a Congress in these United States took a few moments out of celebrating the fact that bin Laden is still dead to re-declare May 1 “Loyalty Day”?

    Here’s the official statement:


    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2012, as Loyalty Day. This Loyalty Day, I call upon all the people of the United States to join in support of this national observance, whether by displaying the flag of the United States or pledging allegiance to the Republic for which it stands.



    That is just plain creepy. It is an actual law, 36 USC § 115, which is even creepier.

    The history of this holiday adds to the creep factor like a pedophile at a cheerleaders camp. From the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars:

    Loyalty Day originally began as “Americanization Day” in 1921 as a counter to the Communists’ May 1 celebration of the Russian Revolution. On May 1, 1930, 10,000 VFW members staged a rally at New York’s Union Square to promote patriotism. Through a resolution adopted in 1949, May 1 evolved into Loyalty Day. Observances began in 1950 on April 28 and climaxed May 1 when more than five million people across the nation held rallies. In New York City, more than 100,000 people rallied for America. In 1958 Congress enacted Public Law 529 proclaiming Loyalty Day a permanent fixture on the nation’s calendar.


    So, as our nation rushes headlong into totalitarianism, it is good to know that Loyalty Day exists to protect us all from those filthy disloyal Americans who speak out, blow the whistle, stand up against torture and demand their First Amendment rights.

    We loyal Americans will stand quietly to the side, thank you. Now God bless.



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  • Recent Comments

    • Meloveconsullongtime said...

      1

      If we recite the Pledge of Allegiance ten times, will Obama grant us a Plenary Indulgence?

      05/6/12 3:58 PM | Comment Link

    • Caroline said...

      2

      American is a political pantheon. If you asked 100 people what loyalty to your country means, you’d get a variety of answers. Maybe we should start redefining our loyalty as to all people on the planet.

      05/6/12 4:46 PM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...

      3

      Caroline,

      While that is a noble and ecumenical thought, may I suggest we just stay loyal to our Constitution?

      That wouldn’t take too much philosophical rigor, something at which this rather theocratically-inclined body politic is not too good, anyway.

      05/9/12 8:37 PM | Comment Link

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