Everyone loves a party!
What brings a community together better than a celebration? Those moments in our lives worth celebrating? We tend to make a big deal about them. Think of the big wedding reception, or people getting together for Christmas or maybe Thanksgiving.
Not all celebrations are just friends and family. Some will bring a whole city or even country together — usually to rejoice. Around the world we celebrate the beginning of a New Year with music and fireworks. More locally, we celebrate national triumphs like Independence Day, or cultural celebrations like Mardi Gras, or St Patrick’s Day.
For the most part, it’s a time to lighten up, and raise a glass. It’s the kind of atmosphere that can lead to perfect strangers talking like old friends, which is something to be cherished in a fragmented world like ours.
But a celebration is only as good as what brings you together. Some parties suck worse than an airplane toilet. I’m not talking about “the Simpsons Comic Book Guy throwing a theme party” bad. This is “celebrating the murderous regimes of murderous despots and tyrants” bad.
“May Day.” What started as a celebration of changing seasons was eventually co-opted by Marxists as “International Workers’ Day”. That’s the day that Socialists, Communists and Anarchists get together (and who organizes an Anarchist’s rally, anyway?) to celebrate the sorts of things they might celebrate.
The date was chosen to commemorate Chicago’s “Haymarket Affair” (1886) in which someone chucked a bomb at police. Police fired back with 4 fatalities. They say the more things change, the more they stay the same. Isn’t that right Chicago?
Fast forward to 2016. What do these folks do for a good time?
Not picnics, BBQs or frisbee in the park with the kids. The closest they get to a parade is a march. This celebration is serious business. It’s important to be angry about something.So they got together and marched.
Some anti-capitalist group paid a company to custom-make a giant blow-up effigy of a Republican Candidate holding a KKK hood. Read that last sentence slowly enough that you don’t miss the irony.
But such marches, the placards, and (in all likelihood, some of) the people who show up cost money. Where’s it coming from? Who paid for the party.
Chances are? YOU did.
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) was listed as the main organizer for the event. They were on the government teat in 2014 for a cool Quarter-million dollars.
Two other immigration-specific niche groups with similar government funding also participated: AAAJ and CARECEN. You might also recognize some of the other names connected to the marches: Fight for $15, BLM, and — of course! — the Party of Communists USA.
Who else got involved? (Maybe it was in a desperate bid to win back the Bernie Supporters?) You guessed it — Hillary Clinton.
She attended two marches, well-populated by red and yellow hammer-and-sickle flags, and tweeted a message appropriate to the far-left audience: “Raise the Minimum Wage. Ensure paid leave. Protect Union Rights.”
While the rallies in California managed not to break down into rioting, Seattle, Montreal, and some International cities did not go as smoothly. Results range from “mild clashes with some arrests” (Seattle), to “some property damage and tear gas” (Montreal), to “violence, injuries, and even a death” internationally.
Not to rain on your parade, but I’d like to not have taxpayers footing the bill for this nonsense. And even though your little shin-dig is already bought and paid for? I can think of far better celebrations to attend. I won’t be joining your next get together. You guys are lame. Even the Comic Book Guy would think so.
Here is some footage for the May Day celebration in Seattle this year: