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How loyal were you yesterday?

May 1st is now Loyalty Day in the US. This has been promulgated by Bush as a day in which loyalty to American ideals is shown by "displaying the flag, participating in our democracy, and learning more about our country's grand story of courage and simple dream of dignity"

That's courage, rhymes with scourge.


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May. 2nd, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC)
It's not a new thing. It's been like that for years. Check the wikipedia entry on it.
May. 2nd, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah I know, but that doesn't really sit with righteous indignation. Prick my balloon, why don't you!

It's interesting to note that many Americans weren't aware of it either.
May. 6th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
I am one of those Americans who was unaware of it. I've always considered May 1st to be May Day. Don't let its origin in a preceding era of intolerance and paranoia inhibit your righteous indignation, however. Anything Bush says or does can be viewed with justifiable skepticism.
May. 2nd, 2007 12:34 pm (UTC)
Allegedly if you fill in a form, and include payment information for 3 easy payments of $19.95, you too can have a Replica Purple Heart.
May. 2nd, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
Back when I worked at Louisiana State University I had to sign a loyalty oath to support the US and State constitutions. It looks like it is now part of the employment application. You can see a copy here:


But Loyalty Day was a reaction to the original Red Scare post-Great War, and then reinforced by the Red Scare in the 1950s, IIRC.

This reporter would like to reaffirm his allegiance to this country and its human president. May not be perfect, but it's still the best government we have.

For now.
May. 2nd, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
Although I'm a member of the Civil Service, I've never had to sign or swear any oath to support our system of Government or the Queen. We don't salute the flag or speak any oath of allegiance and only a few sports events warrant our national anthem. All this is very strange to me.

That said, as subjects, I guess we are bound whether we like it or not.
May. 2nd, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
Back in the late 1980s we had an English exchange student in our dorm, and being friendly southerners we tried to show him what America was all about (he was an American Studies major).

But he commented on more than one occasion how surprised he was at the apparent sincerity of everyone singing the national anthem at every single sporting event. When we took him to Texas A&M for a football game he was boggled. Every single green space (including the football field) was dedicated to war dead, and the campus was even more rah rah patriotic than Louisiana State was.

I think we're overcompensating for not having a hereditary monarch.
May. 2nd, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
Sorry, that was me!
May. 2nd, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
"Human president"? Is there an alien president as well? I think I can guess the answer to that question... :-)
May. 2nd, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
It's from Deep Space Homer [1F13]. The Simpsons are my religion, and I frequently quote from the holy text without proper attribution. Here's the larger quote (from www.snpp.com):

Kent: We're just about to get our first pictures from inside the spacecraft with "average-naut" Homer Simpson, and we'd like to -- aah!

[Camera shows a close-up of an ant floating in front of the three astronauts]

Everyone: Aah!
Kent: Ladies and gentlemen, er, we've just lost the picture, but, uh, what we've seen speaks for itself. The Corvair spacecraft has been taken over -- "conquered", if you will -- by a master race of giant space ants. It's difficult to tell from this vantage point whether they will consume the captive earth men or merely enslave them. One thing is for certain, there is no stopping them; the ants will soon be here.
And I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords. I'd like to remind them that as a trusted TV personality, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.


Well, this reporter was...possibly a little hasty earlier and would like to...reaffirm his allegiance to this country and its human president. May not be perfect, but it's still the best government we have. For now.
[notices "HAIL ANTS" sign taped up, tears it down]
Oh, yes, by the way, the spacecraft still in extreme danger, may not
make it back, attempting risky reentry, bla bla bla bla bla bla. We'll see you after the movie.
May. 2nd, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
Loyalty Day wasn't observed with much vigour in El Paso, but then again when we went to the 4th July street festival, only 1/3 of the attendees bothered to sing along to the national anthem.
May. 2nd, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
The one thing that stood out when I was over in the states last year was the number of Stars & Stripes flags that you see. In the UK (says he, who is now not in the UK), seeing a building draped in the the Union Jack would be downright weird - the British flag has been adopted by right-wing thugs & politicians. Some of whom are the same. Though nowadays, you're more likely to see the English Flag than the Union Flag - which is a pity.
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