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Happy Loyalty Day

Today is May Day, a day commemorating the Haymarket massacre and the labor movement. It’s also Beltane, an ancient Celtic rite where celebrants usher in summer by dancing around a giant Freudian pole. And of course, outdoor fucking starts today.

Alternatively, if you’re the President of the United States, Tinyhands Mussolini, then today is Loyalty Day, a day to proclaim your enduring loyalty to the United States. Another Orwellian overreach by America’s wannabe-dictator-in-chief, a horrifying display of power by…President Harding?

Far from Loyalty Day being a modern Orwellian McCarthyist clusterfuck of a holiday, Loyalty Day is a very old Orwellian McCarthyist clusterfuck of a holiday. Designed to co-opt May Day in the name of anti-communism, every May 1st has been declared Loyalty Day ever since. The crucial difference is that, before Trump, no one gave a shit about it, President or citizen. As should be expected: much of America’s paranoid, xenophobic horseshit didn’t originate with him. It was merely elevated by him and his political style, which is pure, unfiltered id, with no need for dogwhistles and respectable smarm. Trump didn’t invent anything; he just, unlike every smarmy conservative before him, said what he actually meant, letting his hate out from under the rock and into the light. And it won him the Presidency, because we are not better than this; we are this.

Trump isn’t some new, anti-American force: Trump is every vice and illness of America given flesh. Trump is America: the true America. And that’s what he wants us to express our loyalty to. Happy loyalty day.