by Spencer Klavan
I swear, conservatives never learn. The Left keeps running the same play on us, and it keeps working. They take something good, just, and American—equality under the law, for example—and morph it subtly into something foolish, destructive, and authoritarian—i.e., in this example, equality of outcomes.
Then they wear the good thing as a skin suit so they can force conservatives into one of two positions. Either we reject the good thing—“screw equality!”—or we glumly accept the Left’s twisted version of it, albeit at a slower pace and while harrumphing over points of order: “of course, systemic injustice is obviously a problem, but well, reparations, that’s just impracticable!” (read: for now).
Consider the case of Juneteenth. Democrats in Congress have taken a great American triumph—the end of chattel slavery at an immeasurable cost of heroes’ lives—and used it as a front for installing what will surely become another national liturgy of bitter partisan spite. Juneteenth as an event commemorating the forcible liberation of slaves in Galveston, TX has a long and meaningful history. Juneteenth as a congressionally-mandated federal holiday is already being used as a pretext to transform our national symbols and further unmake our once-shared way of life. “It’s Juneteenth AND reparations,” tweeted Democratic Representative Cori Bush. “It’s Juneteenth AND end police violence.”
So it goes. Conservatives, outmaneuvered again, seem to be choosing one of two positions on this issue: either we are against celebrating the end of slavery at all because it distracts from more ecumenical holidays like July 4. Or else we are dutifully explaining to one another that actually it was very good to free the slaves, and black people have done very many wonderful things, and by the way Democrats are the real racists.
All of these things are actually quite true. Democrat policies do impoverish and immiserate black people, Democrats are using Juneteenth in their relentless quest to destroy our country, and the end of slavery is a remarkable feat worth marking in our national calendar. But recounting these facts angrily at one another, in terms already set for us by our leftist enemies, gets us nowhere. Besides which, it turns an ostensible debate over celebration into a grim, joyless, and singularly unfun internal firefight. This is a further sign that leftist tactics are working like a charm.
But there is another energy floating around the internet these days besides Juneteenth Discourse Energy. I am talking, of course, about White Boy Summer Energy. If you don’t know what this means, let me assure you up front: despite its name, White Boy Summer is not actually to do with race or gender. You don’t have to be white or a boy to project White Boy Summer Energy: you just have to channel the antic insouciance of a red-blooded American college kid drinking White Claw by the pool.
White Boy Summer is whimsy, exuberance, and obnoxiously extravagant celebration. The alpha chads of White Boy Summer have not read your 5,000-word explainer on Realignment Politics; they are too busy photoshopping Pit Vipers onto their gym selfies and grilling for an intimate circle of friends in their backyard—i.e., they are too busy actually doing the local community-building of which realignment politics will in fact be made. After a year spent cooped up inside and harassed by Antifa thugs, White Boy Summer is ready to emerge, draped in American flags and drenched gloriously in mayonnaise.
If the beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord, the beginning of prudence is knowing what you can and can’t change. Democrats and their Republican stooges have voted a petty, Marxist version of Juneteenth onto the national calendar. You can’t change that, and neither can I. But Joe Biden can’t tell you how to party, either, and you don’t need the federal government’s permission to have a good time.
It’s odd… the left wants a holiday to celebrate the end of slavery but want to tear down a statue, PAID FOR BY FORMER SLAVES, that celebrates the end of slavery. Why, it’s as if they don’t have an actual legitimate motive for their actions other than manipulation and control.
group think-where there is no thought process other than what they are told. isis and humas-group think. in islam, over 70% of the population is illiterate with isis and homas about 80%. today over 55% of Americans get their news off of social media. talk about stupidity, woke and illiterate. the demorats were the hightest slave owners in the US. A look at the history of Texas will show that both white and black properity owners of cotton plantations owned slaves to work the field and build the initial ecomomy of TX. during the 1830’s Mexico’s hold on TX was to confiscate texan land and cotton plantations. in the south, prior to the Civil War, run away slaves were hunted down by former slaves that worked on the plantations.
Wake up America, you have been drinking to much of the spiked Kool-Aid
If something momentous happened to anyone I might call, “my people,” and we only heard about it a year and a half later, I would hope we could live it down, not celebrate it.
Seems getting news while it’s timely is “acting white,” as blacks, acting as they do, are making a big day out of the fact they were ill-informed for many months.