Show Summary: It’s Memorial Day Weekend! Did you know this national holiday was anything but unifying when it first began as “Decoration Day?” We get the details, the history of Memorial Day, and some fun stories. Speaking of unifying, the NY Conservative Party, which, as you can imagine had a lot of Cruz supporters. So how did they come around to endorsing Donald Trump for president? Tune in Saturday or Sunday to hear!
Air Dates: May 27 & 28, 2016 | Mike Long & Dr. Bonner Cohen
This weekend is Memorial Day. While Americans unite in our thanks to our fallen heroes, it turns out that Memorial Day didn’t start out as unifying at all.
In America today, it seems as if we’re constantly divided, perhaps because we are in a constant state of re-election and campaigning. It used to be that when people got elected, we’d forget about politics for a couple years and expect them to just go in and do their jobs. But it’s not that way anymore. Everything is political because so much is tied to big government, whether it’s business or environmental or health care or what have you.
So with this constant state of campaigning—including our current President’s messaging that so often tied to something political—issues and people can get things ramped up and things can turn ugly during a primary season.
With the primaries basically over, and as the angry-emotional dust settles, we now have to get down to the business of unifying our party and our country. And so I Spy searches for the answers and examples of how that happens.
Our first guest, Michael Long, Chairman of the New York Conservative Party, gives us the first set of answers regarding how as a party they co-endorsed, with the Republican Party, Trump as their candidate. How did this happen? Their party had Cruz supporters, but now they came out “overwhelmingly” to support the Trump endorsement. Listen to hear how that happened and find out his thoughts of what he expects a Trump Presidency to look like and how it could be conservative even if Trump is not the conservative they’d like—and how it will benefit all America.
Then we turn to scholar Dr. Bonner Cohen to take us through the founding and origination of Memorial Day. We discuss how divided our country was right after the Civil War when Memorial Day was first called “Declaration Day” for the fallen Union soldiers. Listen to hear Dr. Cohen walk us through the history of Memorial Day, some fascinating stories surrounding Memorial Day, and how it’s become a holiday that unites all Americans.
- Conservative Party of New York and a good overview of them from Wikipedia
- NewsMax article about the Conservative Party “overwhelming for Trump”
- Donald Trump to attend “Rolling Thunder” Memorial Day event in Washington DC
- “A Response to My Conservative #NeverTrump Friends” by Dennis Prager
- The 1913 50th Anniversary of Gettysburg Reunion (see “Yesterday’s Heroes Reunite) – touching photos.
- See also Civil War Veterans at Gettysburg anniversary in 1913 – in pictures (via The UK Guardian)
- A brief history and overview of Confederate Memorial Day via Wikipedia
Memorial Day and Related Links
- Let’s Never Forget how ENORMOUS D-Day really was. Cool, share-worthy graphic!
- Controversial and Disputed History of Memorial Day (Liberty Voice, 2014)
- Remembering the meaning of Memorial Day (Fox, May 2014)
- (video + article) Memorial Day early observances, history, and more (via History Channel)
- History of Memorial Day (via VA Dept.)