May 01, 2007

They Can't Take That Away From Me

Happy Loyalty Day! No kidding. According to the government:
All citizens can express their loyalty to the United States by flying the flag, participating in our democracy, and learning more about our country's grand story of courage and simple dream of dignity.
You want to learn more about simple dreams of dignity? Start here. (I suppose some people might consider it disloyal to point out the cynical coincidence of May Day and "Loyalty Day." Oh, well. Besides, they didn't say which flag.)

I should probably include something musical, right? Go here and listen to the "Eight-Hour Song." (Part of another excellent survey.)


Adam Baratz said...

Someone was telling me that May 1st is also Law Day, an anti-communist thing started by Eisenhower.

Matthew said...

It is. Eisenhower proclaimed the first Law Day in 1958, one year before Loyalty Day was confirmed legislatively by Congress. (Loyalty Day dates from the 1920's, when it was first known as "Americanization Day.") Law Day received a congressional imprimatur in 1960.

It's also the anniversary of the founding of the Illuminati, in 1776. You'd think all these secret cabals of power could check calendars with each other.