Very Strange Bedfellows

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Gay Pride, NYC
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If you stop and think about it for a moment, Memorial Day Weekend and Gay Pride weekends have a lot in common.

Both came about to commemorate serious and life-changing events for millions of people.

Now, not really about either. Memorial Day, except to veterans and families of the deceased, is the "beginning of summer". Boat on lake and barbeques. Politicians may pay homage to fallen soldiers but it's really Labor Day's bookend to most. Gay Pride is now a city to city franchise of a sort, kind of a traveling mega party. Which make sense in both cases--as conscription ended in the 1970's, the professional military represents a smaller and smaller segment of the American public (so much for shared sacrifice). And even though Stonewall was less than 45 years ago, a gay or lesbian kid now--even in the heart of the Bible Belt--could never imagine how secretive people had to be, even in the "enlightened 60's". 

It isn't a bad thing. It's human nature. Just strange how two supposedly disparate events are so similar. 

 

Comments

"Gay Pride is now a city to city franchise of a sort, kind of a traveling mega party."

I sort of, kind of get your point.

Posted by Ted on May. 26, 2013 @ 7:27 pm
Posted by Scott on May. 26, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

"Politicians may pay homage to fallen soldiers..."

More accurate: Politicians may pay homage to DEAD soldiers who died for the financial interests of the D and R bourgeois elite...

No need to sanitize it with the word "fallen."

I saw a store ad that read, "Time to Celebrate Memorial Day." I thought well clearly this store has no idea what Memorial Day is even about. To them, as with most people (including corporatized and mainstreamed GLBTQ sheeple) it's all about partying and getting drunk and that's it. Nothing more, aside from a little bit of mindless U.S. flag waving.

Posted by Guest on May. 26, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

Union Soldiers died to keep America together, and helped end Slavery in the US. American Soldiers died to stop the Nazis and the Japanese Empire in WW2 from continuing their efforts of genocide. But even those that died in questionable wars are no less heroic, and deserve our thanks, and praise. They serve, without question; thank god for them, and the sacrifices they make for A-holes like us who blabber on and on.......

Posted by Richmondman on May. 28, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

Not even close skippy.

Posted by Guest Don on May. 28, 2013 @ 6:53 am

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