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May 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.Published in