National Loyalty Day: May 1st

May 1 is Loyalty Day in the United States of America

Why a National Loyalty Day?

May 1st is Loyalty Day in the United States. Its history dates back to the early 20th century, but it became an official holiday in 1958 during the Cold War era. At that time, it was established as a response to the growing influence of communism (Red Scare) and as a way to promote patriotism and loyalty to the United States. Seem familiar?

During the Second Red Scare, it was recognized by the U.S. Congress on April 27, 1955, and made an official reoccurring holiday on July 18, 1958 (Public Law 85-529). President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1955, the first observance of Loyalty Day. In 1958, Eisenhower urged Congress to move Child Health Day to the First Monday in October to avoid conflicting with Loyalty Day. Loyalty Day has been recognized with an official proclamation every year by every president since its inception as a legal holiday in 1958.

On Loyalty Day, various events and ceremonies used to be held nationwide, including parades, speeches, and community gatherings. Have you heard of any such events this year? I haven’t.

Maybe it’s time for Americans to reflect on the principles of freedom, democracy, and loyalty to the nation. While Loyalty Day is not as widely celebrated as other holidays in the United States, it still serves as a reminder of the importance of patriotism and national unity.

American Freedom Diminished

With each passing day, we are in an increasing battle for the “recognition of the heritage of American freedom.” Bit by bit, the liberty and personal responsibility that made the United States a beacon to the rest of the world is diminished.

Not by the average American but by those who stand to gain more power. It isn’t about respecting the founding principles but diluting them and making them seem inconsequential.

At the time, the Red Scare was described as promoting “widespread fear of a potential rise of communism, anarchism, or other leftist ideologies by a society or state.” Now, you hear this stuff in the news every day.

1955 to 2024 — it took only 69 years — and here we are.

What is the heritage of American freedom?

The heritage of American freedom encompasses a complex and evolving tapestry of historical events, philosophical ideals, and cultural values that have shaped our nation since its founding. Here are some key elements that contribute to this heritage:

  • Founding Documents: The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are foundational documents that articulate the principles of liberty, equality, and democracy upon which the United States was built. These documents establish the framework for American freedom and serve as enduring symbols of the nation’s commitment to individual rights and self-governance.
  • Revolutionary Origins: The American Revolution, fought against British colonial rule in the late 18th century, was a pivotal moment in the quest for freedom. It sparked a movement for independence and self-determination, establishing the United States as a sovereign nation.
  • Constitutional Protections: The U.S. Constitution, with its checks and balances, separation of powers, and enumerated rights, provides a framework for protecting individual freedoms and limiting government overreach. The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution, guarantees essential liberties such as freedom of speech, religion, and assembly.
  • Cultural Contributions: American culture, including literature, art, music, and film, has often celebrated themes of freedom, individualism, and the pursuit of happiness. Works such as Walt Whitman’s poetry, Mark Twain’s novels, and the music of many artists have reflected and influenced ideas about freedom in American society.
  • Legal Immigration: The United States has long been seen as a land of opportunity and freedom for immigrants seeking a better life. The legal immigrant experience has contributed to the nation’s diversity and enriched its cultural landscape.
  • We The People: Americans are inherently self-reliant. They face life’s ups and downs with determination and tenacity. Limited government (infrastructure and security) and living by the Constitution and Bill of Rights is our jam.

(All of the above are diminishing as I type this.)o

It’s Time

Back in the day, when you took a typing class — one of the things you would learn to type was:

Now is that time. Now more than ever, we are up against a very organized and highly financed cartel of folks who don’t believe in our founding principles.

No more globalism, excuses, and pretending we are fighting while being perfectly content to be the losing opposition.

Please do what you can to support those brave Americans who believe in our Constitution and Bill of Rights—not those who just yap about it—those who walk the walk.

We need new blood; the lifers are not up to the challenge. This is the only way to make the change we need before it is too late. The clock is ticking…