Juneteenth as a federal holiday is meant to breathe new life into the essence of America — to ensure everyone feels the power of the progress we can make.— President Biden (@POTUS) June 19, 2023
It marks the long, hard night of slavery – but the promise of that brighter morning to come.
Happy Juneteenth, America. pic.twitter.com/9a2QgZgHem
Making Juneteenth a federal holiday wasn’t just a symbolic gesture. It was a statement of fact for this country to acknowledge the original sin of slavery.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 19, 2023
To honor the true meaning of Juneteenth, we are continuing the charge forward to redeem the soul of America. pic.twitter.com/2dq58Alw9e
Juneteenth is meant to breathe new life into the very essence of America—to make sure all Americans feel the power of this day and the progress we can make as a country. To choose love over hate, unity over disunion, and progress over retreat. pic.twitter.com/Cqdvc5LQoi— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 19, 2023
Here are some thoughts on our third annual national celebration of “Juneteenth”:
1. The creation of Juneteenth as a federal holiday was a sop to the Democrat base which marked the end of Joe Biden’s legislative agenda. He wasn’t going to be able to push anything serious through Congress without the cooperation of Senate Republicans. He settled for symbolic token gestures.
2. We have Sen. John Cornyn of Texas to thank for Juneteenth who pushed the bill through the Senate that only 7% of Republican voters wanted. Most Americans had never heard of Juneteenth when it was astroturfed into existence by feckless Senate Republicans.
3. This happened a year after a mob in Portland lynched and desecrated a monument of George Washington to celebrate Juneteenth during the George Floyd riots.
4. Two years ago, an idol of George Floyd was unveiled in Brookyln on Juneteenth when it became a federal holiday. Juneteenth has always been about reconstructing the public square.
5. Also in 2021, a black mob celebrating Juneteenth attacked Whites and Hispanics in Chicago and killed a Puerto Rican mother. Jacobinism, mob violence and idolatry have defined Juneteenth.
6. Dark Brandon has been doubling down on the iconoclasm that inspired the creation of Juneteenth as a federal holiday. It is not really about the past. It is about the present and future. The past was evil and must be erased from memory. America is being redeemed from “white supremacy.”
8. Finally, the Republicans who are responsible for creating Juneteenth as a federal holiday – who hailed it as a “bipartisan success” – are already whining about how it is being “defiled.” Predictably, it is being used as a club to beat down and demonize conservatives, Republicans, Christians, Southerners and delegitimize the American past, which no one could have seen coming after the crowd who wanted it rioted and tore down monuments all across the country less than a year before.
Juneteenth is another turn of the ratchet: leftists, progressive liberals and conservative liberals all joining forces to irreversibly push the country to the Left. See also the MLK federal holiday. See also the renewal of the Voting Rights Act. See also Ukraine. See also codifying gay marriage into federal law.