Oh, boy. Earth Day - the High Holy Day of the soil-bound. Every airheaded tree hugger and environ-mental case out there is going to be pontificating, parading, spiking trees or committing arson. Spare me.
Wisconsin Senator Don Gaylord gave us this travesty in the midst of the country's dumbest time, the end of the '60s decade. Disco was just a dream, and the sexual revolution which has blessed us with AIDS, rampant divorce, single parenthood and a million abortions a year was still just a gleam in Gloria Steinem's eye. The looney left cooked up one more way to undermine America's traditional morality; the idea was to celebrate "The Earth" and make industry, Judeo-Christian morality and free-market economics look all bad and wrong.
How can this be? You mean it's not just a happy time to go out and plant a tree or something?
No. That's Arbor Day, which is perfectly fine for the sane set who actually likes forests for everything they offer, including sustainable lumber.
Earth Day has a secret. It's a secret which its founders probably thought too obscure for Middle America to notice, and so far they've been proven right. A secret that, if bravely publicized would make a lot of elementry school teachers look pretty damn stupid and pandering politicans blush deeply.
The secret is that there is another celebration held every year on April 22nd. Since 1989 it's not been done up like it was before, but in what was once known as The Soviet Union, and to varying extents in other countries, April 22nd was also celebrated as Lenin's Birthday. It was certainly a large holiday in the "Progressive" countries and movements around the world in 1970.
Yep - Earth Day is held on the birthday of the founder of modern Communism. Considering all the days that could have been chosen, I have a very hard time believeing it's mere coincidence. Why not April 21st or 23rd? Why not March 31st? Why not May 5th, the exact middle of spring? There are way too many other dates that could have been chosen.
No coincidence this. So, if you're out feeling Green today, whether you know it or not you're actually being very, very Red.
Na Stroviya, Tvaritch.