Evening Edition - June 19

June 19, 2020 |

HAPPY JUNETEENTH

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.

A REMINDER

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.

THIS...IS INSANITY

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.

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  • Julie James

    06/22/2020 10:20 AM

    Hi Mike,

    I really enjoy your newsletters.

    However, just a correction, in your June 22, morning addition, the "Food for Thought" article regarding how President Trump can overcome a rogue Supreme Court, you credited "David" Horowitz, it was actually written by "Daniel" Horowitz.

    Keep up the great newsletters. We so need your wise and encouraging words in this dark time. Honestly as a fellow Christian, I really need words of hope. It feels like Satan is winning right now. I know God is in control, but He may be letting us suffer the consequences of a nation (the world, really) that has turned away from Him. Anything you can tell us about this time and what is going on would be so appreciated.

    God bless you and keep you.

  • Daniel Craft

    06/22/2020 09:56 AM

    Agreed, on all points. I have been celebrating Juneteenth for decades now. It's a 'State' holiday here in Texas.

    p.s. I am very partial to Einsteins' theory of insanity. Seems to be a daily necessity now.

  • JAMES GERRISH

    06/22/2020 05:21 AM

    Since when do we allow democrats to question whether President Trump is "fit" to be president. Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution imposes only three eligibility requirements on persons serving as president, based on the officeholder’s age, time of residency in the U.S., and citizenship status:

    "No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States." Trump is fit.

  • Thomas Douglas Roper

    06/21/2020 07:40 PM

    Don't know if you saw this.
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/21/politics/fact-check-donald-trump-tulsa-rally/index.html

  • Bobbie Booi

    06/21/2020 03:39 PM

    Mike, I thoroughly agree with your take on all the nonsense going on in this great nation. Last night (June 20th) our pastor had his service online and he had a fantastic message ending on we don't want anarchy and why. If you have the time it is on Youtube under Asland Ministries Saturday night Roundup. Well worth the watch! Please keep giving us the real news. We don't watch any of the major network news!! Hope you are having a blessed Father's day. Bobbie

  • Ruth Ferraro

    06/21/2020 12:42 PM

    You are so right in so many ways! The Democrats have nothing to offer in what ways they will help the country. Their only strategy is to criticize our President. How sad!

  • Michael

    06/21/2020 10:44 AM

    I am struggling to understand how all of these statues are being toppled, destroyed and removed, yet it seems that no one is arrested, or ay least we are not informed that the law is being upheld? As far as Seattle goes, let it continue. President Trump should not go in and save or rescue these blue cities from the herrendous decisions of these liberal left Mayor's and Governor's. Let the people and businesses see the reality of what happens under Democrat control. No bailouts, no federal assistance, no help. Most of these blue states and cities HATE Trump, so let them continue reaping what they have sown for decades!!! The Democrats HATE America right along with the MSM and have proven it. They wanted Obama's fundamentally transformed country and all that is going on now is a result of what Obama did to our country, but of course they blame Trump. Wake up America and stop voting for Democrats!!!!!

  • Jerry Korba

    06/21/2020 07:58 AM

    Pelosi and her gang of disillusioned misfits just want the destruction of the United States plain and simple. The talk of racial equality is a hoax they could not care less about any group as long as they control society. The kneeling with African garb was a stunt to bring slavery back the garb they wore was the signature garb of the few Africans, selling Africans all over the world as slaves they wore what is call a kinta a cloth of silk. Dumb Shitff Pelosi wants back in the slave market and she wants to sell Africans as slaves again, the Democratic party has used Africans for 200 years already as their slaves keeping them from rising on the economic level hopefully and their is a glimmer of hope Black Americans see thru this, Pelosi put it in your face with the wearing of the Kinta cloth I am also hoping that Nanci carries with her packets of hot sauce a trait that all Africans love Pelosi, REALLY A Dumb Shitff!

  • Deb Veenstra

    06/20/2020 10:32 PM

    Could you confirm if Black Lives Matter contributions are going to the Democratic Party?

  • Jerry Korba

    06/20/2020 05:52 PM

    As I watched the riots the last 30 days or so I wondered if I got caught in a time warp primitive animals on two legs running, fire torch throwing, screaming, looting, destroying their own habitat and the people that care for them is amazing. It's real it happened these ignorant savages really did the horrific deeds. A couple of things are missing in these acts fire hoses with high water pressure and nets swooping down on them scooping them up and hauling them away. Remove the savages and keep removing them putting them in shelters till their brains start to form by the looks of them the time for their release they should be ready to meet their maker. If you think I disagree with the rioter/savages action the answer is YES I DO>>>>>>

  • Lucy Spencer

    06/20/2020 02:33 PM

    Mike, I'm tired. I'm tried of being the scapegoat for others rotten lives. I'm tired of being told I'm privileged, racist, and whatever today's name is. I'm tired of the whining and finger pointing. I worked my tail off to make something of myself and better myself. No one else did it for me. I'm sorry your life is so miserable but your failures in life and lack of personal responsibility is our own fault. Your life is what you, and only you, make of it. You had the same opportunities that my kids had. You sat in the same classrooms, listened to the same teachers, and were given this wonderful opportunity of education free of charge to you in this wonderful country and you don't even appreciate it. And stop whining about your ancestors. That was their life and their torch to bear, not your's. Your lot in life is your own. No one else can change it for you. Most of you aren't old enough and had enough life experience to even qualify you to have a valid opinion. So just go away and leave me alone. I don't need you and your crap. Thanks for listening, Mike. This whole mess is enough to make a Saint swear.

  • Dusty

    06/20/2020 12:58 PM

    Yes, this date Juneteenth at my old age 77 never heard of before. Did sound important. Also July 4 is for all of us citizens to celebrate being in the US ? Is this not enough? We have Martin Luther King ? Now we see our history for us in the south destroyed by WHO? Who gave permission. To get Washington and our flag wrapped on this statue and on fire so wrong per what our HX was. Germany has kept their concentration camps I visited one? Way worse then any statue . Gov. you know the flag I use to see in W Va my family home driving from Del. See off old cabin or a truck none of my family ever had any flag. What this meant to me and was told to me as a kid sign of the South not of slaves ever. Taken to be this. Now the statues too . Do not like this history go somewhere else. What was the battle more then ever keeping slaves if you study as I have too in college. Trying to tell the South to live their way and to do as they said. Just like now we many do not agree per one party or the other. This is being driven per these groups and Black lives matter is not a nice one anymore then Antifa. Gov no one has talked of the S Chicago killings 20 during the protest Black on Black why not even FOX WHY? See the graphs on who kills who the most and see interesting. Media not show this WHY? Either we keep our police or many of us just add more guns. See Creve Coeur they the citizens got out with their rifles and kept out eh Antifa why were they even there WHY? Do you want a Seattle?

  • Dot Whitley

    06/20/2020 12:53 PM

    God said we are to obey those who have authority over us, and this means that when the police tell us to put our hands up we aren't suppose to run. Do what they say, and save your life is far better.
    What's the problem with Gone With The Wind, Uncle Remus, Uncle Ben's rice, and Aunt Jemima pancakes?
    When I have watched the movie Uncle Remus, Uncle Remus was my favorite person in the movie, and I have no doubt that most who saw it felt the same way. I'm white but I dislike uppity feeling whites such as was the case in Uncle Remus just as much as the black's do.
    Uncle Ben's rice is my favorite rice in the whole world, and I love the picture of the handsome black man on my can that I bought rice in years ago. The same for the lovely black woman on Aunt Jemima Pancake mix.
    When I was a child my whole family thought Hattie McDaniel was the best in anything she starred in.
    We don't want everybody to be one color, and we don't want everybody to be alike. God made us different because we are His creation, and it's His business, and we need to just be thankful for who we are .
    The past is over, and we had nothing to do with it. We whites who lived on farm's picked cotton the same as Blacks did, and we never thought anything about, although most moved to some other occupation when they grew up. There were many sharecroppers that were white, and again they never thought to complain, because they didn't know anything else.

    All the murmuring is a sin against God , and it needs to stop if we are going to ever enjoy the remaining years we each have left.
    Repent, and train your kids to fear God ,and stop rebelling against Him. Joseph's brothers meant what they did to him for evil, but God meant it for good . God is in control ,and He is involved in everything that's going on. We should pray when we need answers, and not take it into our own hands to solve our problems.
    Dot Whitley

  • Linda Leak

    06/20/2020 12:36 PM

    I agree that Juneteenth needs to be a National Holiday. As a nation, all Americans, need to embrace equality between the races - we all need to be color blind.

    I do enjoy your newsletters. I have always supported our President, he truly is trying to clear the swamp of Washington D.C. and is hated by career politicians because of this.

    I am praying that he win this election, otherwise this country will suffer.

    Thank you for giving us a breath of fresh air and humor and honesty with your newsletters.

  • Jerry Korba

    06/20/2020 12:08 PM

    What good is the Supreme Court if it is not going to follow the Constitution As John Roberts and now Niel G are disregarding the Constitution. Roberts has cowardly voted for Obama Care which was for the wrong reason. Are these Judges being threatened behind the scenes or are they now receiving money or assets that are influencing their decisions. Roberts has a look of ready to become an asset for for a Foreign Entity and Niel seems ready to join him sad the FBI better check into this oh wait someone needs to wake Wray up. Looks like America will not get Justice while these people have control what a waste.

  • Diane Rowlands

    06/20/2020 12:06 PM

    Anything that Bolton says is wrong. He was a national Security Advisor. He should not say anything.

  • Sharon Faulkner

    06/20/2020 10:24 AM

    The only ones taking a hit on this mess are the so called Democrats though Blue Reich is a better term. This has shown they are fascist bullies to the law abiding and jellyfish to lipsticks like Antigua. No wonder the fake polls!
    And sorry but according to US law (passed by Dems) Federal Troops cannot enter a State without the request and/or permission of that States Governor. Period. Dems -- deal with it.

  • Donna Palermo Guido

    06/20/2020 10:21 AM

    One statement. As I walked by my TV this morning flashing on the screen was this statement - "All lives can't matter, until black lives matter." As a white non racist person, with a cousin married to a wonderfuI black man, I guess I am chopped liver and should be thrown to the dogs! This to me is a reverse racist comment hurting more people than you can even realize.

  • Mark Swart

    06/20/2020 09:55 AM

    Nobody fights for the Good Folks anymore. NOBODY. We are charged by God Almighty to leave this world a better place than what we found it, and that is NOT happening.... Through no fault of those of us who HAVE good Christian values, morals, honor, and common sense. Our entire UNIVERSE is crumbling around us, and NOTHING is being done to stop it. I have no confidence in our so-called "government" when they do NOTHING to prevent the absolute and total destruction of the country they are SUPPOSED to be PROPERLY managing and protecting. We in The South suffer even GREATER onslaughts and travesties, as our history, heritage, and way of life are constantly ridiculed, vilified, targeted, burned, removed, and otherwise desecrated by those who have absolutely NO worth or value. President Trump could stop all this mayhem and chaos with the stroke of a pen, but that has not happened, nor is it EVER going to happen. There is little hope that this country will ever be respectable or honorable again, as the never-ending stream of screaming liberals, destructive leftists, and rioting / looting dregs of the world hold sway and are never properly chastised for their evil actions. All I ever wanted of this life was to work hard, earn my way, support my family, abide by the law and good common sense, and have a peaceful retirement. Instead, I am under constant assault and harassment by arrogant, obnoxious, narcissistic termites who will NEVER be held accountable for their wicked actions. I am disappointed and disgusted beyond words.

  • jack macdonald

    06/20/2020 09:47 AM

    It occurs to me that the tactics used by Antifa and BLM very much resemble those used by the Taliban. I dislike the Taliban and I dislike these goons even more because they have the benefit of living in the greatest country on earth, whereas the Taliban have the excuse of ignorance. The hate element is the same in our domestic groups who are terrorists, and evil haters, not protesters. We are supposed to register our protest via peaceful gatherings and voting. Those options are not available to the Taliban. I sometimes wonder if Soros, who funds a lot of this , gets his ideas from them.

  • Thomas Doiglas Roper

    06/20/2020 09:43 AM

    Nancy Pelosi would throw anyone under the bus to further her own agenda. Should we be suprise she'd have statues of Democrat heroes taken down?

  • Andrea Helen Eckert Watters

    06/20/2020 09:27 AM

    I was so busy yesterday that I read both your Morning and Evening Editions for Friday this morning. When I read about the video panning CNN I wanted to see it, but it has already been removed [of course, what did I expect!] Love your commentary!

  • David Laman

    06/20/2020 09:04 AM

    I happen to notice that all 4 of the past speakers that Pelose went after were Democrats. I also understand that her father, when mayor of Baltimore, pushed for and got a statue of a Confederate General placed in the square in Baltimore. Maybe this way done to hide these facts rather than be politically correct?

  • John Sorensen

    06/20/2020 09:00 AM

    While everyone is out celebrating "Juneteenth" as the end of black slavery, why aren't we also reminded of how many WHITE men gave up their lives and their futures to make that happen? I'm sick of hearing that "Black Lives Matter" while everyone is blaming the white man for all the problems and failures in this country.

  • Jerry Korba

    06/20/2020 08:30 AM

    It doesn't matter what your view of American History is; Society has to obey the rule of law. Destruction of property is against the law The destruction of statues is uncivil or acts of savages. What if a person puts a biblical statue in their yard because you are a pagan you will destroy it you are violating the law what's next tombstones in the cemetery thats been done sorry extreme order needs to be restored. the Mayors in these cities have to be held accountable for the destruction, the Mayors office needs to pay for the structures destroyed, for allowing this to happen and criminals have to be prosecuted. The Mayors are to be held for prosecution as the criminal itself and removed from office. It is time to restore law and order.