Abraham Lincoln, appeasement, BLM, Civil Rights Act, Civil war, CRT, federal holidays, Juneteenth, Robert E. Lee, self-imagined elite, Sheila Jackson Lee, the stupid party, Ulysses S. Grant, Voting Rights Act
America is riven with all manner of problems, problems stirred up by the self-imagined elite and their proxy thugs. Considering the Attorney General of the United States, just this week, all but declared anyone that did not vote for Joe Biden, or that dares oppose his woke, America last if ever, policies a domestic terrorist, these are problems that could lead to civil war. Add those to the normal difficulties a rather messy constitutional republic experiences, and we understand Benjamin Franklin was right when he said the Founders gave us a Republic—if we can keep it. Normal Americans tend to expect the Congress to actually do something—something smart, effective and constructive—to solve at least some of those problems. So what does the Congress do? What momentous issue did they tackle and resolve? They made “Juneteenth”—whadat?–our 11th federal holiday.
To be absolutely fair, we elect representatives with the fervent hope, perhaps even an expectation, they can simultaneously walk and chew gum. Congress should be able to keep a variety of legislative juggling balls in the air at the same time, issues consequential and trivial, meaningful or virtue signaling. But when they’re doing essentially nothing but trying to destroy the union, couldn’t they do at least one thing of substance, one thing that would help to make Normal American’s lives just a little easier or more pleasant?
I know: too much to ask. So what the hell is “Juneteenth” anyway? History.com explains:
Juneteenth (short for ‘June Nineteenth’) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday.
Confederate General Robert E. Lee had surrendered at Appomattox Court House two months earlier in Virginia, but slavery had remained relatively unaffected in Texas—until U.S. General Gordon Granger stood on Texas soil and read General Orders No. 3: ‘The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.’
As the article notes, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. The Civil War, which began in April 12, 1861, was fought until April 9, 1865 with Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia. After serving as President from 1869 to 1877, Grant died of cancer July 23, 1885, and in one of America’s great ironies, Mark Twain, a confederate deserter, helped him finish his autobiography, restoring his reputation and his family fortune.
As we continue, let us remember, let us never forget, it was the Democrat Party that was, and remained the party of slavery, segregation, and sworn eternal unequal treatment of Black Americans. D/S/Cs labor mightily to convince Americans Republicans were the racists, but consider this from History.com:
In Ripon, Wisconsin, former members of the Whig Party meet to establish a new party to oppose the spread of slavery into the western territories. The Whig Party, which was formed in 1834 to oppose the ‘tyranny’ of President Andrew Jackson, had shown itself incapable of coping with the national crisis over slavery.
With the successful introduction of the Kansas-Nebraska Bill of 1854, an act that dissolved the terms of the Missouri Compromise and allowed slave or free status to be decided in the territories by popular sovereignty, the Whigs disintegrated. By February 1854, anti-slavery Whigs had begun meeting in the upper midwestern states to discuss the formation of a new party. One such meeting, in Wisconsin on March 20, 1854, is generally remembered as the founding meeting of the Republican Party.
Abraham Lincoln was the symbol, the embodiment, of the Republican Party, and the driving force against slavery and for our founding principle of equal rights for all. So why a new federal holiday, why this particular date, and why now? Mark Twain said:
Those that respect the law and love sausage should watch neither being made.
The Washington Examiner helps explain how this particular legislative sausage came to be:
Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey in the Senate and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee in the House, both Democrats, first introduced legislation to make Juneteenth a holiday last year on June 19, as Black Lives Matter demonstrations prompted by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis swept the country.
Well of course! A violent felon resists arrest and dies of a drug overdose, setting the country aflame. Could there be a more appropriate occasion for a national holiday?
Jackson Lee brought a large photo of a black slave with a back scarred from a whip to the House floor on Wednesday while speaking in support of the bill. The holiday would ‘commemorate the end of chattel slavery, America’s original sin, and would bring about celebration, crushing racial divide down to a point of unity,’ she said.
Right. How’s all that racial unity working out for us, Rep. Jackson Lee? Or must we wait for Juneteenth to produce that miracle?
Some Republicans initially blocked the bill, balking at giving federal employees another day off. Last year, Republican Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and James Lankford of Oklahoma proposed getting rid of Columbus Day to designate Juneteenth as a holiday.
Not a bad idea. What are the current ten federal holidays?
Currently, 10 days per year are designated as legal public holidays in the U.S. code: New Year’s Day, the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., Washington’s Birthday (commonly called President’s Day), Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
We’ll come back to this, but please note gentle readers, the genuine historic, national significance of the previous ten (we can quibble, but I’m sure you take my point).
Although other Republicans said they support the idea of creating a holiday to commemorate the end of slavery, they took issue with the bill going through a rushed process or the name of the holiday.
‘Naming this day ‘National Independence Day’ will create confusion and push Americans to pick one of those two days as their Independence Day based on their racial identity,’ said Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie.
Despite a partisan split on the bill, an overwhelming majority of Republicans voted for final passage.
Considering the D/S/C racist, woke agenda, that would be inevitable. It may yet be so, regardless of the title.
But it was not universally embraced by Republicans in the House.
‘This is an effort by the Left to create a day out of whole cloth to celebrate identity politics as part of its larger efforts to make Critical Race Theory the reigning ideology of our country,’ said Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale.
That’s a reasonable interpretation of D/S/C motives. One might be forgiven for thinking this just another example of The Stupid Party in action, caving in to lunatic, virtue signaling D/S/C demands, perhaps in the hope they’ll be appeased and just let people live their lives. People such as they can never be appeased, but Republicans never, ever learn.
Designating June 19 as a national holiday would increase awareness of education on Juneteenth, it would celebrate black history and culture, it would recognize the Americans who fought and died to end slavery,’ Republican Rep. Guy Reschenthaler of Pennsylvania said on the House floor Wednesday.
“Celebrate black history and culture?” As to recognizing those who “fought and died to end slavery,” what about Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day? Are those holidays inadequate to honor those that died for all which American stands? Do we honor the Democrats who fought to preserve slavery, and who thereafter fought to deny Black Americans equal rights? Is Juneteenth a cynical ploy to rewrite history, to try to make people forget Democrat’s role in slavery, segregation and worse? And precisely which black culture are we celebrating? That imposed by BLM, CRT and the evil racist hatred and segregation they champion? Or is the establishment of this particular holiday supposed to magically create universal warm, fuzzy anti-racist feelings, such that without it, we’re doomed to a future of BLM, CRT and worse? Remember from a paragraph back: no appeasement.
If the point is to celebrate significant accomplishments for which D/S/Cs want to claim credit, why not establish July 2, 1964 as a federal holiday? That was the day the Civil Rights Act, which Democrats viciously, violently opposed, was signed into law. Might that not be a more appropriate holiday?
Or perhaps August 6, 1965? That was the day the Voting Rights Act was signed into law. That too was opposed by Democrats with a vile, racist hatred. Wouldn’t overcoming that kind of actual, rather than manufactured, hate be worth celebrating? Perhaps both could be combined? Weren’t those significant milestones?
And what about January 1, 1863, when Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation? Isn’t that date more significant, considering it was necessary to fight a war to force Democrats to abandon slavery? Hundreds of thousand of white Americans, believing as did Lincoln, willingly gave all their tomorrows that Black Americans would have a free today. Which date is more significant, the day Lincoln freed the slaves, rallying America to it’s founding principles, or a somewhat arbitrary date among other signposts on the road to the end of the Civil War?
Or if we want to celebrate a day of great significance to Democrats, a day they were able to deprive all Americans, Black and white, of an express, unalienable right, how about September 13, 1994? What’s that? Why, that’s the day the Clinton Gun Ban was signed! What a proud day in American history that was—for would-be tyrants. Of course, it’s no surprise, it was the Democrat Party that wanted to disarm all Black Americans, the better to rule them. Hmmm. That sounds familiar…
It’s easy, and appropriate, considering the hatred D/S/Cs seek to impose on all Americans to be suspicious of this “holiday.” Absent a return to a unified America and the abandonment of the lies of “systemic racism,” Critical Race Theory, Anti-Racism, and the dangerous attempt to subjugate half the population, no such occasion will do anything to improve the race relations D/S/Cs have worked so hard to destroy s beginning with the golden age of Obama. If anything, June 19th will only serve as a yearly reminder of the faux racism that D/S/Cs would use to divide and rule us.
Let’s hear what you think, gentle readers. But as we leave, let’s consider these sentiments from the man most responsible for the actual liberation of the slaves, Abraham Lincoln:
‘I am exceedingly anxious that this Union, the Constitution, and the liberties of the people shall be perpetuated in accordance with the original idea for which that struggle was made, and I shall be most happy indeed if I shall be an humble instrument in the hands of the Almighty, and of this, his almost chosen people, for perpetuating the object of that great struggle.’
‘This is essentially a People’s contest. On the side of the Union, it is a struggle for maintaining in the world, that form, and substance of government, whose leading object is, to elevate the condition of men — to lift artificial weights from all shoulders — to clear the paths of laudable pursuit for all — to afford all, an unfettered start, and a fair chance, in the race of life.’
‘Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.’
We need to ensure, as Lincoln so solemnly hoped, that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from this Earth. Juneteenth will do nothing to vindicate Lincoln’s work.