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via Тхе Балко, the latest incarnation of a bad idea from 1921- Loyalty Day!

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.


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There is precedent

It does seem weird. However it is not exactly a new idea here in America. I was compelled to say the pledge of allegiance with my hand over my heart every school day for years, and I grew up in the US of A, not in the CCCP.

Compare also:

Our country is strengthened by the millions of volunteers who show deep compassion toward their neighbors in need.

with the familiar

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.

Such ideas are not recently arrived in this land.

Oh yeah I know its old, its

Oh yeah I know its old, its just salient at the moment.

Of course, the frakkin' Pledge was written by a socialist....

This is a Joke, Right?

I mean, this isn't a real proclamation is it? This is just ol' President Bush pulling an April Fool's prank, but botching it and releasing it on May 1st instead... right?

Sadly, no. But this does

Sadly, no. But this does date back to 1958 at the height of the Cold War (well, whichever height you want to use) from Eisenhower and has been a little known minor ritual of the White House ever since.

History repeats itself

The President is like the Mayor of Munchkinville in The Wizard of Oz. Houses may fall from the sky. Witches may appear on the scene and fly away. (Pelosi?) Even though the streets are paved with gold the situation is not really under control but in order to make it seem so proclamations are made and awards are announced