Just when you think the establishment GOP couldn’t sink any lower…
In response to bipartisan efforts to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, Republican Sens. Ron Johnson and James Lankford have proposed eliminating a different federal holiday “in exchange.”
“We support celebrating emancipation with a federal holiday but believe we should eliminate a current holiday in exchange. We chose Columbus Day as a holiday that is lightly celebrated, and least disruptive to Americans’ schedules,” Johnson, of Wisconsin, said in a statement Wednesday.
Johnson and Lankford of Oklahoma will be seeking to amend a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday.
This is the “Republican” response? What happened to all of that standing athwart history stuff? This isn’t standing athwart; it’s running over with a steamroller. What could possibly be conservative about this?
Johnson said adding to the number of federal holidays would give federal workers an additional day of paid leave and increase the government’s costs. He called his amendment a “counter-proposal that does not put us further in debt.”
Oh this. Gotcha.
The further we get from the civil war and slavery, the more enflamed we become by it.
In the continued undoing of e pluribus unum, The NFL makes its contribution.
Starting with the nationally televised regular-season opener between the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 10, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as the Black national anthem, will be performed before every Week 1 kickoff, before “The Star-Spangled Banner,” according to a person familiar with ongoing discussions. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because plans have not yet been finalized and announced by NFL officials.
I’ll freely admit my ignorance that there even is a “Black National Anthem.” I also don’t know the American Indian, Hispanic, or LGBTQWERTY national anthems either, but I’ve a feeling I’ll be educated on that soon enough. And as for the “White National Anthem,” would that be The Star Spangled Banner? Serious question I’m afraid. I’ve no idea if we are still one country anymore, or if we’ve already spun off into our identity groups fighting over the spoils.
The George Floyd effect may turn out to be the most socially significant movement in American history, not the least because it seems to be effectively ending US history. When everything that happened the day before yesterday becomes verboten, and we no longer even aspire to be one country, what holds us together?
Something to think about this July 4th; when greater and greater numbers of the nationality formerly known as Americans look at the flag and think, “not my country,” and “not my independence day.” Of course, this is a wave of hysteria and the tide could well break and thing return to something close to normal, but the longer it goes on, the more we’re looking at a new normal, when everyone has their own independence day, holidays, and carefully nurtured grievances.
Happy Independence Day. I hope the next one is better than this one, or that there simply is a next one.