Monday, May 23, 2011

A moment to treasure in these dangerous times

USSR May Day poster from 1919
To honor the memory of the death of Osama bin Laden and America's sacrifices in the war on terror, the US should pressure the UN to declare May 1st a new kind of public holiday.  

Three weeks ago a remarkable scene unfolded outside DoF Center on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C..  A DoF staff member recorded a video (below) of young Americans celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden.   But such joyous occasions are likely to be few and far between.  We believe a new national holiday could serve to annually rekindle memories of those sweet tears of happiness that were shed on May 1, 2011, helping to sustain enthusiasm for the Global War on Terror through the decades.  

Such a holiday would do good in more ways than one.  Presently many people around the world hold inappropriate celebrations on May 1 or May Day.  Wikipedia notes that "in many countries, May Day is synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, a day of political demonstrations and celebrations organised by communists, anarchists, socialists, unionists, and other activist groups."  May Day is a dangerous anachronism, a relic of another century.   The best way to consign the anti-capitalist spirit of May Day to history's dustbin is to displace it.

This September the president of the United States will stand before before the General Assembly of the United Nations and remind the world of the what America achieved on May 1, 2011.  The United States Department of Fear believes that President Obama should then ask the countries of the world to join with America in declaring May 1st "International Counter-Terrorism Day" or "Death to Terrorists Day."  The president should say that any countries that don't establish the new May 1st holiday are making a choice to stand against us. 

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