As much as I cherish the Americans all over the world who’d love to come here, and those who’ve already risked life & limb to get here, May Day simply is not the proper forum in which to commemorate this struggle.
As I alerted you way back on May 1, 2004, May Day ought to be about commemorating the millions dead at the hands of totalitarian regimes operating under the dishonest, manipulative, fallacious banner of "worker’s rights."
Somehow I forgot to bring you Catallarchy’s 2005 remembrance. And now it’s 2006 already. I really can’t admonish you enough to take the time to go and read the articles that make up each of these yearly remembrances. Most people, today, have a pretty decent general knowledge of the atrocities carried out by Hitler. As awful as they were, they pale in comparison to the atrocities carried out under the regimes of the USSR and Chinese communists that account for well over 100 million people exterminated.
It has long raised the question for me: is it that innocent people were killed without provocation, or the reason they were killed? The Jews were killed out of racist hatred and envy. The reality of that is abhorrent to most people and cultures the world over, and it is rightfully never forgotten or dismissed. Tens of millions more were killed in the name of establishing a "worker’s paradise," yet far from being forgotten, it’s never brought up, most people have no clue about it, and I’m not certain they really care. It was for a "good cause," you see.
The point is made even broader when one considers that the chief cause of death beyond natural causes is: government. In all of human history, the total would surely amount to over a billion killed by governments, not including war. In the 20th century alone, that 100-year span killed about 35 million people in wars. Apart from that, governments killed 262 million of their own citizens.
Of course, such peril could never happen here.