May Day: May 1, 2017

Dear Mr. VP,

45 declared today Loyalty Day.

It’s easy to get angry about that, but truth is that every president since Eisenhower has declared May 1 as Loyalty Day. That said, Trump did something a bit different in his proclamation and asked us all to remain loyal to limited government, which sorry, is not where my loyalty lies. 

So what is May 1, really?

Well if you really want to go back, May 1 is an ancient spring festival. In my college years this meant dancing around a May pole. In ancient Europe, apparently it meant a lot of sex rituals, so…perhaps your worst nightmare. 

In 1904, the International Socialist Conference declared May 1 as a day for workers to demonstrate for the rights of labor. It’s called International Workers’ Day.   It’s also meant as a commemoration of the Haymarket Affair, a labor demonstration in Chicago during someone threw a bomb. In the aftermath, 8 anarchists were found guilty of conspiracy and seven were sentenced to death.

Today marked some of the largest May Day demonstrations in the U.S. since the heyday of organized labor. Many demonstrations had a particular focus on immigrants’ rights. 

Just a reminder that most of us aren’t celebrating Loyalty Day.


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