Friday, June 19, 2009

Today is Juneteenth

Today marks the 144th anniversary of the final death of the most hideous of Confederate institutions. Namely, slavery.

On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas to inform the citizens of that city of the truce that had occurred at Appomattox two months previously and of the surrender of General Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. The Civil War was over. The Confederacy was resoundingly defeated.

Up to that point, there had been a minimal Union presence in Galveston and vicinity and as many as 250,000 persons were still living in bondage despite President Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation two and a half years previously.

This day, now commonly known as "Juneteenth," is commemorated mostly in African-American churches, but it is also an official state holiday in Texas.

Modern-day Confederates, who, in an utterly ironic historical twist, identify mostly with the Republican party, often speak of the Confederacy in nostalgic and honorable terms. According to these apologists, the Confederacy was all about state's rights and rugged individualism and proud regional heritage.

But the Confederacy was really about a propertied elite, a New World aristocracy, hoodwinking the indigent regional hoi polloi into believing that the Federalists were trying to equate them with the Negroes, were belittling their heritage, were disrespecting their God-fearing creed. All done to protect the "respectable" Old South gentility in their position of social and political dominance. All done to protect those fortunes made with the lash and the shackle.

It's the same tack they take today with their manufactured "Tea Bag" rallies and their shrieks of "socialism." Remember the sturm und drang that took place when the state of Georgia underwent the process of creating a new state flag to replace the old one in which the Dixie "Stars and Bars" figured prominently? Or how about Texas Governor Rick Perry suggesting that Texans, apparently still Confederates in spirit, might someday secede if the federal government is unresponsive to Confederate concerns?

In the end, people saw through it. The evil of slavery outweighed any faux-arguments for legitimacy that the Confederacy put forth. (Well, that and the whipping they received at Gettysburg in July of 1863.)

Smacking down the rednecks at Appomattox
Juneteenth, then, is a celebration of the ultimate exposure and defeat of evil. In the end, the liars and the hypocrites get what is coming to them.


Ridwan said...

Thanks for reminding me about Juneteenth.

Happy Juneteenth!

Peace brother,

Anonymous said...

Dade, please! Why must you insist that everyone who says Obama is a socialist must somehow be an old world confederate and racist!

Let's look a little more closely at the car industry. Chrysler, bought and paid for by the US taxpayers and then handed over to the unions (Obama repaying his corrupt union masters who helped elect him).

GM is even more troubling. The "car Czar" here is some Princeton law school dropout. WTF! The taxpayers. once again, are the proud owners of a company speeding it's way down the drain. IF that isn't socialism, I don't know what is. Nonetheless, as a confessed and proud socialist you should be singing the praises!

For the record: Lincoln was a REPUBLICAN. It wasn't the democrats who freed the slaves, old boy. If you're looking for "racist, confederate sympathizers" look no further than card carrying KKK member Robert Byrd (D-WV). That leather faced, old bag is the Strom Thrumund of the Democratic party. (Thurmund was a originally a Democrat and the changed to a Republican. He was a disgrace and should have been thrown out of the Republican party, post haste. But that's another story in itself).

In any event, just another sad ploy out of the Democratic playbook: Any and all criticism of Obama MUST be because the criticizer is racist. Just a despicable ploy to stiffle any and all debate of Obama's deplorable socialist policies. Of course, to debate ANY of Bush's policies was just your being "patriotic". I smell a stinking hypocrisy and double standard, the hallmark of todays "progressives".

Peace Out

Anonymous said...

Anyone who calls Obama a socialist is, of course, not a priori a racist as well. However, that person would have to be politically ignorant to a fabulous degree.

Obama is a Chicago-machine mainstream Democrat, not a progressive or socialist.