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Where is your symbol of loyalty, Citizen?
You can't even parody this shit, it is self-parody.

Congress and Dubya declare May 1st, 2007 'Loyalty Day'.

Loyalty? You've got to be fucking kidding me. National Pride Day, or even Patriotism Day, I could just shrug off as rah-rah junk. But Loyalty Day? C'mon, that's just too over-the-top.

EDIT: OK, this is not a new law - it is an old law that Dubya decided to drag out of the closet, dust off, and re-release on DVD. When did it start? In 1958. Can you say 'Red Scare'? I knew you could. So, the question is, is it really better, or worse, that he's pulled out a scare tactic law from the Red Scare play book? We're just moved on from Communists to Terrorists. I'd say show trials are next - but that part seems to have changed. Now we just skip the trial and toss people in detention.

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miashell From: miashell Date: May 2nd, 2007 11:28 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I saw that yesterday and felt little twinges of creepiness (ok, not so little!). It helped when I hit the wiki and saw that it has been an official holiday since 1958. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loyalty_Day
From: kensuke_aida Date: May 2nd, 2007 11:38 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
In fairness, been an official holiday since 1958. He's just dragging it out of the closet.

IMO, he probably should have made that more clear. He's just leaving himself open for attack.

- John
seawasp From: seawasp Date: May 2nd, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

"Show us this loyalty...

... throw yourself onto your sword."
From: dirkcjelli Date: May 2nd, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: "Show us this loyalty...

Ming for the win!
tyauving_awa From: tyauving_awa Date: May 2nd, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
It appears that this creepy sounding proclamation predates Dubya. I couldn't be bothered to do more than spot check but I'd guess that there's been a similar proclamation every year since 1958. I don't think that it's contributing to the fall of the Republic.
From: mysryael Date: May 2nd, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
It isn't contributing to the fall of the republic
but it isn't doing what His Majesty George thought
it would do either. Much of the nation has either
ignored this or voiced their displeasure and disbelief.

Personally I saw something yesterday that made me wonder
if that "announcement" didn't do us some good.

On the way to school yesterday, I observed a public high
school with the United States flag flying upside down.
The students surrounding the flagpole had placcards reading
"Wake up George, YOU have placed our government in distress."

The flag had been entirely removed by the time I got back past
that corner and I wonder how long it was allowed to fly that
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: May 2nd, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
To be fair, the Red Scare proper was more or less over by 1958. Senator McCarthy, its prime mover in most respects, was censured by the Senate and lost most of his influence in 1954. Americans remained concerned about the threat posed by the power of the Communist bloc itself for quite a long time thereafter - and rightly so, as the Cuban Missile Crisis illustrated - but the pervasive "the Commies are among us, plotting to overthrow us from within" background noise had mostly faded by that point.

Also, keep in mind that the holiday itself dates to the 1920s (the first Red Scare, which is less well-remembered now but was arguably founded on more legitimate concerns, times being what they were); 1958 is just when Congress finally got around to codifying it into law.

As I noted in my own journal entry on the subject, what impresses me about this is not that there's a proclamation about it - presidents issue proclamations of obscure holidays all the time; Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and JFK all proclaimed Loyalty Day at one point or another - but that the wording of this year's proclamation contains that one delicious bit of dramatic irony.

Because, you see, I don't see anything wrong with a holiday intended to remind people of the value of loyalty to their country and its founding principles. I just find it darkly amusing that the reminder is being issued by someone who has so visibly decided that those principles are no longer applicable.
sleet01 From: sleet01 Date: May 3rd, 2007 03:45 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
No longer applicable to him, but legally enforceable and required to all the rest of us future Guantanamites :)
srmalloy From: srmalloy Date: May 3rd, 2007 04:45 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
In keeping with the manner in which Shrub wants Loyalty Day to be taken to our hearts, you should make sure that you use the original form of the salute to the flag accompanying the Pledge of Allegiance... which was changed to the hand-over-heart salute after the original salute was adopted by a jumped-up ex-corporal after he was elected Reichschancellor.

And no, I'm not kidding. The old Roman salute was chosen by Francis Bellamy to accompany the recital of his Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, first demonstrated on October 12, 1892; it was replaced with the hand-over-heart salute in 1942 by direction of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and formalized when Congress officially adopted the Flag Code on June 22, 1942.