Loyalty Day

President Trump has declared today as Loyalty Day, but what does that mean?  Well for starters lets see what Wikipedia has to say:

Loyalty Day is observed 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.

Loyalty Day is celebrated with parades and ceremonies in several U.S. communities.

Alright that’s not so bad, a little creepy, but not bad.  Now let’s just keep reading about the history of this day from the Wikipedia article:

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.

Alright now we’re getting to the heart of it, this was just an anti-soviet day by a different name.  Still not great, but since at this time children were being taught to hide under wooden desks to protect themselves from a nuclear bomb going off in the school playground, you can understand being a little out there with the “patriotic” fervor.  After all Uncle Joe was coming to kill us all.

So every year since 1958 the President has issues a nonpartisan statement and everyone just ignored the BS holiday.  That is until this year, this the two paragraphs from the statement issued by Fuhrer President Trump that has everyone up in arms:

As one Nation, we will always stand strong against the threats of terrorism and lawlessness. The loyalty of our citizenry sends a clear signal to our allies and enemies that the United States will never yield from our way of life.  Through the Department of Defense and other national security agencies, we are working to destroy ISIS, and to secure for all Americans the liberty terrorists seek to extinguish. We humbly thank our brave service members and veterans who have worn our Nation’s uniform — from the American Revolution to the present day. Their unwavering loyalty and fidelity has made the world a safer, more free, and more just place. We are inspired by their pride in our country’s principles, their devotion to our freedom, and their solemn pledge to protect and defend our Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

To express our country’s loyalty to individual liberties, to limited government, and to the inherent dignity of every human being, the Congress, by Public Law 85-529 as amended, has designated May 1 of each year as “Loyalty Day.” On this day, we honor the United States of America and those who uphold its values, particularly those who have fought and continue to fight to defend the freedom it affords us.

Not very nonpartisan is it?  Now of course we can all agree that destroying ISIS is a good thing, we may differ on how to do that, some think tactical strikes and intelligence gathering is the way to go, and others think dropping massive bombs and attacking North Korea is the way to go, but both sides can agree they need to be stopped.

Its the part about “limited government” that really gets me, that is a party issue, not a national issue.  How can someone claim to represent the entire nation when at least half of the nation doesn’t even believe in the words set out in what is supposed to be a nonpartisan statement?

Now having said all this do I think this is the end of American and the forth reich is upon us?  No.  That doesn’t mean we don’t have to stay vigilant and fight for our rights, hell we should always do that no matter who is in power.  This is just a sign of how out of touch and self absorbed President Trump is, and just one more reason why he should have never gotten past the primaries.

Really we should just get rid of this stupid “holiday” since it’s just an anti-soviet hold over.  Plus it does sound really dictator-ish.  But until we do get rid of it I say lets all just go back to not even noticing this out dated, made up holiday and get on with the real fight and do what real loyal Americans should do, stand up for our rights and the rights of our fellow Americans who can not or will not stand with us.

Loyalty Day poster by Chris Notarile of Blinky Productions