Happy Juneteenth, and if you don’t know what that means, you probably will soon. Juneteenth (for “June 19th”) has been a popular holiday throughout the South for well over a century, but the current racial tensions have politicians and corporations around the nation suddenly jumping on the bandwagon to declare it a national or state holiday or paid leave day, only about 150 years late. Here’s what it’s about:
On June 19, 1865, Union Army Gen. Gordon Granger read General Order No. 3 to the slaves in Galveston, Texas, which informed them that they were free and now had “an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property, between former masters and slaves.” This was 2-1/2 years after Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
Juneteenth was a Texas celebration for many years, starting in 1866, but ramping up in 1872, when former slaves bought 10 acres of land in Houston to create Emancipation Park, the city's only park and swimming pool open to African-Americans, and the site of a big annual Juneteeth celebration. It gradually spread throughout the South, but most people outside the South knew very little about it until very recently.
Ironically, Juneteenth has finally entered the national consciousness during a summer when the coronavirus has killed mass public gatherings, so the usual barbecues and concerts will mostly be restricted to virtual events, backyards and close family this year.
I know some people will be cynical and call the sudden push for Juneteenth pandering or politics, but as someone who grew up in the South, I can assure you you’re lucky to finally discover Juneteenth. It’s a great holiday that celebrates freedom just as much as the Fourth of July does, and while it’s considered an African-American holiday, it’s something that every American should celebrate. Anything that can get us all back into public parks, celebrating together with music, fireworks, and barbecues, and remind us that people of all races are free and equal in America, is more than welcome now. It's necessary.
Sunday is Father’s Day. If you usually buy dad a tie, this year, maybe you could just get him one of those T-shirts that looks like he’s wearing a suit from the waist up, and that’s all he’ll need for video meetings on the Internet.
SOBERING BLOG POST
Someone obtained a military-style situation report by Antifa on how well their tactics worked to turn peaceful protests into riots, looting and seizing territory. This is not just some ragtag group of misfits and underemployed sociology majors. This will give you an idea of just how well-organized this domestic terrorist organization is, and why it’s long past time for the feds to get serious about taking them down.
NO MORE CATNIP, PLEASE
I know that anything that trashes Donald Trump is catnip to the media, but the past 24 hours of endless coverage of John Bolton’s book is proof that the cats are so zonked out, they need to lay off the catnip for a while. Seriously, was there no real news to cover? I’ve already said everything I have to say about that book, but just for the record, here are a few more comments from people who were also in the room with the President, and who say that Bolton’s stories never happened and his characterization of Trump is wildly inaccurate (my daughter Sarah said the same thing.)
Beyond the money-grubbing aspect of Bolton rushing to trash his ex-boss for anti-Trumper dollars, Grennell made a larger point about the book that’s worth highlighting:
“…When you sign up to work for a president like President Trump, who is a disruptor, who's from the outside, who wants to change Washington, you can't be somebody like John Bolton, who lives in Washington, D.C., whose career is Washington, D.C., who wants to go back to Washington, D.C. and make all of his money in Washington, D.C.…This is no longer a fight about Republicans versus Democrats. This is the fight of Washington, D.C. versus the rest of America."
That applies to a lot of things these days, but we can throw the Bolton book on the pile.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. coined the phrase, “The fierce urgency of now.” A lot of Democrats are suddenly adopting that philosophy, demanding that everything about America, from its laws and history to its public artwork and pancake mix boxes, has to change “right now” to fight racism. They apparently think this is the key to winning in November, since they certainly can’t point to the success of any of their policies.
But as Derek Hunter reminds us in this Townhall.com article, Democrats are saying they are the only solution to the problems, yet the problems are at their worst in places that Democrats have run exclusively for decades – and they’ve been claiming they will fix it for nearly as long.
Example. This week, Nancy Pelosi is demanding that Confederate statues be removed from the Capitol, along with the portraits of four House Speakers who had ties to the Confederacy. Here’s what she said: “If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy,” they must “join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capitol immediately.”
That would be even more powerful if it weren’t a quote from August, 2017. The following year, she became Speaker and has held that position for nearly two looooong years. So how come those Confederate statues are still there?
Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. I’d say the definition of insanity would be trying to fix a problem by repeatedly reelecting the people who caused it and have been vowing to fix it "right now" for over half a century.