A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Many were not happy with the proposal to swap a holiday celebrating emancipation with Columbus Day. I was in no way deprecating Christopher Columbus’ achievements or expressing any value judgment regarding his place in history. As I stated in an interview with the Milwaukee Press Club last Friday, I do not support efforts to erase America’s rich history — not the good, the bad or the ugly.
“Instead of eliminating a current holiday to make room for Juneteenth Day, I will be proposing to reduce the number of paid leave days federal employees receive, to offset the cost of the new holiday celebrating emancipation. This modification both preserves Columbus Day and the dollars of hard-working taxpayers.”
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin backtracked his support for an amendment that would have replaced Columbus Day with Juneteenth or “Emancipation Day” as a paid federal holiday. Johnson filed an amendment to a bipartisan bill on July 1, asking that Juneteenth replace Columbus Day, so as not to add an additional federal holiday in order to “protect taxpayers from the fiscal burden of having to fund an 11th paid holiday for federal employees.”
“As businesses continue to struggle with the impact of COVID-19 and the mandated shutdown of their operations, the governor is planning yet another roadblock to their recovery. According to a recent report, the Evers Department of Health Services is planning to publicly shame businesses with two or more positive cases by posting their names to a DHS site. If true, this could be the final nail in the coffin for many small businesses struggling to stay afloat. Never in our state’s history have we seen a governor so committed to destroying small business. He couldn’t use his power to directly shut them down, so he’s moving to the next best thing. I expect nothing less from someone whose first act as governor was to replace ‘open for business’ signs with his own name.”
State Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) on Governor Evers’ plan to publicly shame business with two or more COVID cases
“I am here as your president to proclaim before the country and before the world, this monument will never be desecrated. These heroes will never be defamed. Their legacy will never ever be destroyed. Their achievements will never be forgotten. And Mount Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers and to our freedom.”
President Trump during his speech at Mount Rushmore
“Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders to face our most sacred memorials and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities. Many of these people have no idea why they’re doing this, but some know exactly what they are doing. They think the American people are weak and soft and submissive, but now the American people are strong and proud and they will not allow our country and all of its values, history and culture to be taken from them.”
President Trump during his speech at Mount Rushmore
“Today’s announcement proves that our economy is roaring back. The crisis is being handled. These are not numbers that other presidents will have. They won’t have it. The only thing that can kill it is a bad president.”
President Trump after the U.S. economy posted its best single-month job gain in history. Thursday’s data showed a surge of 4.8 million new jobs last month.
“Well, it’s happened. COVID panic porn is back. New cases are surging. The country is on fire again, except if you want to participate in a Pride parade, go on outside. If you want to protest police brutality, get on out there. If you’re still rioting and want to defund the police, it’s fine. But if you want to re-open your business, you’re a selfish a**hole.”
Matt Vespa, Senior Editor at Townhall.com
“I want to make one thing clear: the men honored on Mount Rushmore weren’t perfect; nobody is. They all had flaws. But they all had tremendous virtues as well, and they did incredible things for our country. Today, America is the greatest nation in the history of the world, and that is in no small part thanks to each president memorialized on Mount Rushmore. We can learn from their successes, and we can also learn from their mistakes. And in doing so, we must continue to fight for the American ideal that each of them spent their lives striving for: ‘All men are created equal.'”
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem. There have been calls to demolish Mount Rushmore. Noem vowed “not on my watch.”
It’s time for us to riot, not in the streets, because we have jobs and we’re not going to destroy our own stuff, but at the ballot box. That’s where we lay waste to their Venezuelan dreams. In the primaries, vote for woke conservatives, not establishment saps. And then in November, vote straight Republican down the ballot.
“Sure, much of the GOP consists of spineless saps eager to join Mitt Romney – father of the Miracle Whip box set of sons Tagg, Tugg, Togg, Skip, Skoop, Skup, Freen, Ween, and Peen – in donning the latex and gimping out for the pleasure of their WaPo masters. But the nice thing about those cowardly sissies is that we can ensure they are more afraid of us than of the leftists they yearn to obey. We can fire them, and then they’ll have to get real jobs. This prospect scares them.”
Columnist Kurt Schlichter
“And what the welfare state has done, in my opinion, is incentivize Black women to marry the government, and allow men to abandon their financial and moral responsibilities to their families. We’ve gone from 25 percent of Black kids born outside wedlock in 1965 to nearly 70 percent now. You cannot attribute that to Jim Crow and racism. It has to do with bad government policy.
“I have long since gotten over the idea that I should react emotionally when someone calls me a name,” Elder said. “I now feel sorry that you have been so corrupted, by Hollywood, media (and) academia, that I, Larry Elder, am your villain? Not the welfare state? Not bad economic policies? Not porous borders putting downward pressure on wages for Black and brown people, but I’m the bad guy? What’s wrong with you, what’s wrong with your thinking? Who has indoctrinated you like that? That’s my reaction.”
Prominent conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder, who is black, is one of the producers of the new film, “Uncle Tom: An Oral History of the American Black Conservative”
“We are not a perfect country, nor can we ever be a perfect country — that’s left to heaven — but the goal of a more perfect union is important. While our imperfect system of government might cause some not to feel proud of our country, I take pride in the fact that our structure of government allows each of us to participate in the governing of our country; we just have to step up and make sure our voices are heard. Today, when many are seeking to silence those who disagree with them, we should instead find a way to more clearly articulate why arguments are valuable, why freedom of speech is at the core of who we are as a country, and how we can learn how to disagree but still work together.”
Columnist Jackie Gingrich Cushman
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Make Juneteenth Day a national holiday
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK