May Day Down by Law


ConstitutionMay 1st, May Day, is formally recognized in the United States as Law Day, not Workers Day, and certainly not International Workers Day. We successfully rejected the left’s class warfare agenda for a century because of the reality of American law, grounded in our foundational law, the Constitution of the United States of America. Because of our reasonable reliance on a system of laws, not men, we observed that economic status was not fixed from birth, so the weeds of envy could not take deep root on American soil. That is why the left both set about subverting our system of law and creating a different basis for division, hate, and envy.

The effort to make May Day a class-based workers holiday was driven by the early socialist movement:

In 1889 an international federation of socialist groups and trade unions designated May 1 as a day in support of workers, in commemoration of the Haymarket Riot in Chicago (1886). Five years later, U.S. Pres. Grover Cleveland, uneasy with the socialist origins of Workers’ Day, signed legislation to make Labor Day—already held in some states on the first Monday of September—the official U.S. holiday in honour of workers. Canada followed suit not long afterward.

So, while there were massive parades in Moscow on May 1st, there were only scattered older cultural celebrations, dancing around a Maypole, in America. Our celebration of the dignity of labor is at the end of summer.

Law Day arose from President Eisenhower’s first Law Day proclamation in 1958. This proclamation is well worth every American’s reading this weekend, as an antidote and rebuke to the hateful, deceptive, and destructive screed excreted by the White House in 2021.

Whereas it is fitting that the people of this Nation should remember with pride and vigilantly guard the great heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under law which our forefathers bequeathed to us; and

Whereas it is our moral and civic obligation, as free men and as Americans, to preserve and strengthen that great heritage; and

Whereas the principle of guaranteed fundamental rights of individuals under the law is the heart and sinew of our Nation, and distinguishes our governmental system from the type of government that rules by might alone; and

Whereas our Government has served as an inspiration and a beacon light for oppressed peoples of the world seeking freedom, Justice, and equality for the individual under laws; and

Whereas universal application of the principle of the rule of law in the settlement of international disputes would greatly enhance the cause of a Just and enduring peace; and

Whereas a day of national dedication to the principle of government under laws would afford us an opportunity better to understand and appreciate the manifold virtues of such a government and to focus the attention of the world upon them:

Now, Therefore, I, Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate Thursday, May 1, 1958, as Law Day.

I urge the people of the United States to observe the designated day with appropriate ceremonies and activities; and I especially urge the legal profession, the press, and the radio, television, and motion-picture industries to promote and to participate in the observance of that day.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States of America to be affixed.

DONE at the City of Washington this third day of February in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and fifty-eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and eighty-second.

In 1961, Congress passed a joint resolution to establish Law Day permanently:

(a) DESIGNATION.—May 1 is Law Day, U.S.A.

(b) PURPOSE.—Law Day, U.S.A., is a special day of celebration by the people of the United States—

(1) in appreciation of their liberties and the reaffirmation of their loyalty to the United States and of their rededication to the ideals of equality and justice under law in their relations with each other and with other countries; and

(2) for the cultivation of the respect for law that is so vital to the democratic way of life.

(c) PROCLAMATION.—The President is requested to issue a proclamation—

(1) calling on all public officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on Law Day, U.S.A.; and

(2) inviting the people of the United States to observe Law Day, U.S.A., with appropriate ceremonies and in other appropriate ways, through public entities and private organizations and in schools and other suitable places.

As Americans who respect the rule of law, not of men, consider the state of the nation, they may fairly be inclined to declare a Mayday on this May Day. After all, the resident of the White House is a lawless creature of the left, dedicated to rule by a leftist elite, above mere law, achieved by permanent division along lines derived from recast Marxist analysis. Yet, there is no political fate but what we make. As the economic class-based socialist movement failed, so too the intersectional identity-based socialist movement may fail. May Day can be brought down by law.

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  1. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown

    There are two major monthly Group Writing projects. One is the Quote of the Day project, now managed by @she. This is the other project, in which Ricochet members claim a day of the month to write on a proposed theme. This is an easy way to expose your writing to a general audience, with a bit of accountability and topical guidance to encourage writing for its own sake.

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  2. Rodin Member

    Clifford A. Brown: As Americans who respect the rule of law, not of men, consider the state of the  nation, they may fairly be inclined to declare a Mayday on this May Day. After all, the resident of the White House is a lawless creature of the left, dedicated to rule by a leftist elite, above mere law, achieved by permanent division along lines derived from recast Marxist analysis.


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  3. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn

    I didn’t know the original goal of May 1! A day meant to commemorate the importance of the rule of law is very significant. I shall put up the flag from now on! Thanks, Clifford.

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  4. DJ EJ Member
    DJ EJ

    I did not know about Law Day and it is worthy of commemoration and a counterpoint to May Day. For the past few years on May 1st, I have commemorated the horrors of socialism and communism by watching one of the documentaries on this list (which was originally posted by another Ricochet member a few years ago, I think). It looks like the MissLiberty site has reposted their list again, as it’s the current top post. Some of the documentaries are difficult to find, some are periodically available on Amazon Prime, and some are available on YouTube. “The Soviet Story” was made by a Latvian director and makes the unique contribution of documenting how intertwined the the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany were from 1939 to 1941 under the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact – slicing up Poland, the USSR helping the Nazis round up Jews, etc. The photograph shown in the documentary of a 1940 era town’s archway with the swastika and hammer and sickle side by side wreathed and ringed by flowers is particularly striking. Finding a version online with subtitles so you can understand the various European and Russian historians is the difficult part. This year, though, I recommend “Improper Conduct”, in which “Cuban refugees detail Castro’s persecution of “undesirables,” particularly gay men. The stories that survivors relate of the labor camps to which they were sent are consistent, shocking, and very credible. This documentary was awarded the Grand Prix at the Twelfth International Human Rights Festival and is one of the very few on this site to earn the highest score in both libertarian content and production quality.” It’s the perfect documentary to bring up and describe to liberal friends whenever they try to romanticize communist Cuba. It’s available on YouTube (with subtitles included) divided up into multiple parts:


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