"Trucks" Copyright Thomas D. McAvoy/Life Magazine, 1947
What says "festive" more clearly than a photograph of the May Day celebrations in Red Square, circa 1947?
Kinda makes you "jonez" for the good old days of the cold war, doesn't it?
And speaking of the cold war, and war in general, is anyone still in doubt that the number one business of America is the business of getting ready for, and/or participating in, war? This has been the number one business of America since 1945. As I've mentioned here before, even so stalwart a soldier (and patriot) as Dwight David Eisenhower warned us, flat out, that this nation was on the verge of fascism (for that's what "military-industrial" really means) in his farewell address to the nation, in 1961.
I mention all this (again, and again and again) for a very good reason. First, it's May Day, which in all the so-called "workers paradises" all over the world is supposed to be a day of celebration of the workers of the world BUT, in fact, is just an excuse to trot out everyone's weapons of mass destruction for a nice, big, scary public display of each nation's ability to bash the living shit out of it's neighbors and, second, it's been four years since George W. Poopforbrains landed on an aircraft carrier and declared that it was "Mission Accomplished."
Only not so much, as it turns out.
There's a little counter at the bottom of my blog that is somebody else's work of art. It's counting down the days until we're finally rid of this administration which, in my quite considerable lifetime, is the WORST I've ever seen (and yes, I'm including the good old Nixon years - Nixon, at least, tried opening a few doors - Dubya would just as soon blow them all to hell and gone).
So, on this May Day 2007 let's all celebrate the fact that it's all unraveling now (and one thing I've learned about administrations is, that by year 6, they all start to "unravel"), and let's hold the opposition parties feet to the fire about what they will, and won't do, should WE see fit to elect them in the next election.
And, finally, let's pray to God that we never again get crazy enough to vote for a bunch of war-mongering sleaze-bags, as we did the last few times.