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America's Counter-Revolution
The Constitution Revisited

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This book challenges the assumption that the Constitution was a landmark in the struggle for liberty. Instead, Sheldon Richman argues, it was the product of a counter-revolution, a setback for the radicalism represented by America’s break with the British empire. Drawing on careful, credible historical scholarship and contemporary political analysis, Richman suggests that this counter-revolution was the work of conservatives who sought a nation of “power, consequence, and grandeur.” America’s Counter-Revolution makes a persuasive case that the Constitution was a victory not for liberty but for the agendas and interests of a militaristic, aristocratic, privilege-seeking ruling class.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Weren't the American Revolutionaries Disloyal?

How did I miss this fascistic crap?

Loyalty Day, 2007

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

America was founded by patriots who risked their lives to bring freedom to our Nation. Today, our citizens are grateful for our Founding Fathers and confident in the principles that lead us forward. On Loyalty Day, we celebrate the blessings of freedom and remember our responsibility to continue our legacy of liberty.

Our Nation has never been united simply by blood, birth, or soil, but instead has always been united by the ideals that move us beyond our background and teach us what it means to be Americans. We believe deeply in freedom and self-government, values embodied in our cherished documents and defended by our troops over the course of generations. Our citizens hold the truths of our founding close to their hearts and demonstrate their loyalty in countless ways. We are inspired by the patriotic service of the men and women who wear our Nation's uniform with honor and decency. The military spouses and families who stand by their loved ones represent the best of the American spirit, and we are profoundly grateful for their sacrifice. Our country is strengthened by the millions of volunteers who show deep compassion toward their neighbors in need. All citizens can express their loyalty to the United States by flying the flag, participating in our democracy, and learning more about our country's grand story of courage and simple dream of dignity.

The Congress, by Public Law 85-529, as amended, has designated May 1 of each year as "Loyalty Day." This Loyalty Day, and throughout the year, I ask all Americans to join me in reaffirming our allegiance to our Nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2007, as Loyalty Day. I call upon the people of the United States to participate in this national observance and to display the flag of the United States on Loyalty Day as a symbol of pride in our Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-first.



Kevin Carson said...

"Loyalty," as an American political concept, comes out of the WWI hysteria and the general atmosphere in which the American Legion was founded.

I get a culture shock every time I pick up a local paper and see the Legion treated as just another civic group like the Odd Fellows or Elks or something. The Legion had its origins in full-blown brownshirtist thuggery, street brawling to suppress dissent. The only real equivalent would be for the society page to casually mention that local businessman Joe Blow was a member of the Klan or the Salvadoran death squads.

That whole cult of "Old Glory" and the Pledge, running from the 1890s through the post-WWI period, came about when the U.S. elite saw itself as endangered by political radicalism. The cultural atmosphere of WWI, and the subsequent reshaping of the "Middle American" political culture it made possible, was a godsend to those people.

Essentially the whole political culture we identify with the "Greatest Generation," the "hardhats" of the '60s, "supporting the troops" and all that crap, is a manufactured culture that St. Woodrow imposed on this country.

Robert Higgs said...

Calling this proclamation fascistic crap is an insult to fascistic crap.

Sheldon Richman said...

I know, but words failed me.

cedricward said...

Surprisingly, Law Day and Loyalty Day were created by the Eisenhower Administration as stated by another blog site yesterday.

In any event, being resurrected by Bush and Company, it seems not far off that we will start hearing of Dr. Menegle type experiments, as the Bush Scenario seems to be following the Hitler/Nazi scheme to the tee.

Geoffrey Allan Plauche said...

Loyalty Day!?! Holy Crap!!! I didn't even know we had such a day... and it's been around since Eisenhower? Scary.