Thursday, May 1, 2008

May Day 2008

May Day is International Workers Day, a day to commemorate the workers struggle for an eight hour work day. The relationship between May Day and workers can trace back to The Haymarket Affair in 1886. May Day is now considered a day for any political protest.

May Day is also an international distress signal deriving from the French word, m'aider, meaning help me.

May 1, 2003 is also the day that President G.W. Bush declared " Thank you all very much. Admiral Kelly, Captain Card, officers and sailors of the USS Abraham Lincoln, my fellow Americans: Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed" He stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, with a professional printed banner behind him that read, "Mission Accomplished".

As the death count of American Military members grew, our ever diligent press corp began to question the use of the banner and if it meant that the Iraqi occupation was a Mission Accomplished. The White House through the Spokesman at the time, Scott McClellan, declared that the banner was put up by the sailors of the ship and was a symbol that their mission as a ship had been accomplished. "It was an idea that was suggested by those on the ship as a way to honor the sailors and crew on board the USS Lincoln for accomplishing their mission." He acknowledged however: "The Navy asked us to take care of the production of the banner." At a press conference the Tuesday before, McClellan's statement Bush remarked that the "Mission Accomplished" sign "of course, was put up by the members of the USS Abraham Lincoln, saying that their mission was accomplished. I know it was attributed some how to some ingenious advance man from my staff -- they weren't that ingenious, by the way."

Of Course the truth came out and it was admitted by the White House that White House advance men from the the President's Staff had the banner printed and placed there. The May Day Alarm should have been sounded throughout the land, every American should have realized that they had been duped.

Today May 1, 2008 White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said, "President Bush is well aware that the banner should have been much more specific and said 'mission accomplished' for these sailors who are on this ship on their mission," and continued, "And we have certainly paid a price for not being more specific on that banner." First of all, they still will not even admit that Bush meant that the Iraqi Invasion was accomplished, then to play for pity that they have been punished enough for the Banner is an insult to every American. This Administration had decided that the American Public were idiots and that they would go unchallenged by The Democrats, because any opposition to the illegal invasion would be met with chants of "terrorist sympathizer" or "Unpatriotic". Any views less than the Administration should be supported unquestionably were met with shouts of " Un American." The only U.S. Senator to stand up against the invasion of a Sovereign Nation was Paul Wellstone (D), MN, who died soon after in a plane crash.

As American Hearts stop beating in Iraqi, their funerals held in private, as the Rehabilitation Facilities in the United States continue to fill up with broken bodies sent home from the occupation and as the workers of America continue to suffer from low wages, job losses, high food prices, high energy costs, lack of health care, the dissolution of the Union, the pilfering of the Treasury, the lies and deceptions from the White House and Pentagon, the loss of benefits, the loss of job protection and security, the loss of their homes, the loss of a watch dog media, the loss of a viable opposition political party, the loss of rights and justice it is time to sound a May Day.

American Workers look back to the struggle that led to the Haymarket Affair, remember those who died to achieve a eight hour work day. Listen and you can hear the May Day resounding through our Nation. Our Nation has been sold and we have been enslaved by the policies of the descendants of the Robber Barons. It has come full circle, years of Union struggles and victories have been reversed starting with Reagan, and culminating with G.W. Bush.

The American Worker became complacent, appeased by Media, saved by Televangelist, lulled by Sports, distracted by scandal, lured by cheap products at cheap prices, as the standard of living of the American Dream has sank to new depths. Hear the May Day, American Workers.

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