Patriotic Devotion… I think there’s already a word for that. “Ultranationalism” or something?
In a move that sounds straight out of Kim Jong-Un’s playbook, President Donald Trump has declared his inauguration day to be henceforth remembered as the “National Day of Patriotic Devotion.” We also all know his love of all things big and grand. So why not give his special day a name that fits that bill? This is among the first executive orders on the books for the new president… and let’s be honest what else could we have expected?
ABC News reports: In paperwork published by the Federal Register, Mr Trump proclaimed it would take place on January 20 “in order to strengthen our bonds to each other and to our country — and to renew the duties of Government to the people”.
“A new national pride stirs the American soul and inspires the American heart,” the order stated.
“We are one people, united by a common destiny and a shared purpose.
“Freedom is the birthright of all Americans, and to preserve that freedom we must maintain faith in our sacred values and heritage.”
A new national pride, one people united by common destiny, and a sacred heritage? I’m sorry, does this not sound Nazi-ish to anyone else? Replace “American” with “German” and it gets a bit creepy. I’m sure I’m overthinking it, though. Probably been watching too much of “The Man in the High Castle.” (Interesting show, by the way.)
Believe it or not, there is precedence for giving your inauguration day a special name. It’s naming is meant to signify what the incoming administration wants to stand for and wants to accomplish. It’s almost a mission statement, if you will. In 2009 Barack Obama declared his inauguration day the “National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation.”
Maybe one day I should run for president. I wouldn’t do anything useful or important. I just want to declare random days to be name-worthy. Today is “National Day of Pancakes.” Next Thursday we will be celebrating the “National Day of Topless Supermodels.” Hey, everybody! Happy “National Day of Puppy Hugging!”