It’s official: Juneteenth is now a federal holiday.
“Juneteenth” refers to June 16, 1865, or the day that slavery was abolished in the United States, or the day that (Republican) President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was enforced.
While no one will deny that June 16, 1865 marks one of the most critical points in United States history, many are wondering about the intentions behind the Biden administration’s decision to federalize this particular day, particularly in the context of other actions the administration has taken.
After all, this is an administration supported by individuals who find the American flag offensive, never mind the actual Independence Day of the United States.
Unsurprisingly, more than one critic is wondering if Biden’s formalization of Juneteenth as a federal highway just may be an indirect way to undermine July 4 itself, particularly if Juneteenth eventually posits itself as the true day of Independence for the United States.
Kind of like the first “founding” of the United States was in 1619, per the Project 1619 maniacs, anyway.
Andy Biggs, a House Republican, for instance, noted that he would have voted in favor of Juneteenth, had it not been renamed “Juneteenth National Emancipation Day.” Unfortunately, the Democrats renamed Juneteenth anyway, which Biggs directly identified as weaponization.
“They weaponize this bill like they weaponize everything else.” [Source: The New York Times]
Biden’s (17) executive orders on his first day in office were bad enough, but the fact that he apparently cannot even wait a full six months before taking indirect aim at Independence Day speaks rather troubling volumes about his administration’s intentions.
After all, Biden and Co. have been yapping away about Project 1619, which has been widely panned by critics of all political persuasions (barring the most extreme leftists), not to mention critical race theory, which has apparently not only infested innumerable American corporations, but is also posing an imminent threat to public schools across the nation.
Some conservatives have tried to take Biden’s blatant assault on July 4 in stride, including Kay C. James, a Black woman who serves as the President of the Heritage Foundation.
In spite of the left’s efforts to antagonize the vast majority of Americans, James has opted to view the Juneteenth push as an ironic way of acknowledging the exceptionalism of the United States.
“Juneteenth is a perfect answer to those who are promoting critical race theory … Juneteenth says, no, we do not need to destroy the very structures of this nation, the things that make us great. That while there were issues or problems in our history, look at how we overcame and are overcoming them.” [Source: Fox News]
James is exactly right in her assessment. After all, no nation (for that matter, no person) is utterly perfect, but all nations and individuals vary in terms of how they would like to not only resolve issues, but move on from issues … for good.
Unfortunately, Biden and Co. have no interest in moving on from issues, considering raging grievances and constant victimization constitute the core “strategies” of his and Kamala’s abysmally run campaign.
Just consider the commentary of one of the many Democrats, who appear all too gleeful to use Juneteenth to focus on old wounds, rather than national healing.
Exhibit A: Steny Hoyer, who serves as a U.S. Rep in Maryland’s legislature.
“Slavery was a blemish upon our country from its earliest days, and it is a part of our nation’s history that must not be ignored or swept under the rug … Juneteenth is an opportunity to remember with solemnity all those who endured enslavement and the trauma still felt by their families and communities to this day.” [Source: Fox News]
“To this day,” huh? In other words, the United States is apparently no better now than it was before?
Quite the contrast with James’s assessment.
If only Democrats were to adopt the attitude of James, who openly embraces America and its willingness to move forward from its worst mistakes.
“For me and I hope for most Americans, it’s a holiday that we can all celebrate because it says that we as a nation recognize that the institution of slavery was in absolute conflict with our very core principles and values from our founding, and that Americans fought an entire war to get rid of the institution of slavery.” [Source: Fox News]
One can only hope that most Americans will subscribe to the views of James, who undoubtedly will celebrate both Juneteenth and Independence Day, rather than one at the expense of the other.
Author: Ofelia Thornton