By: Diane Benjamin
Committee of the Whole meeting tonight: http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1092&Inline=True
Only two items are on the agenda:
- Creation of a Public Arts Commission
- Making Juneteenth a City holiday
Obviously Bloomington doesn’t believe government is a necessary evil and therefore should only do what is necessary.
Every other essential government service like roads, sewers, and water must now be in great shape. Pension funding must be at 100% too since an entire meeting focusing on two irrelevant items to the lives of most people get the attention of an entire meeting!
Who is being pandered to?
The Council will discuss public money (your tax dollars) being used for public art:
Out of more than 75,000 residents, exactly what is significant support? 5 people? 10? 100? (as in less than .0013% of the population)
How many of these people put art work for sale in Tari’s office? Remember that one?
Celebrating Juneteenth is classic progressivism. Abe Lincoln worked in McLean County, one would think the day he signed the Emancipation Proclamation or the day the Civil War ended would be more important.
Instead the Council will consider making Juneteenth a City holiday to commemorate the day slaves found out in Texas they were free.
Quote from Mboka Mwilambwe in the documentation:
“celebrating the triumph of our nation over slavery in this manner will help us understand each other better and is one of several fitting ways to use the recent events as inspiration to lead our community towards a brighter future.”
Triumph over slavery? How is Juneteenth a triumph over slavery? Around 600,000 northern Americans, including people from Illinois and mostly WHITE were killed, wounded, captured, or went missing during the Civil War.
Sorry, but celebrating a Texas holiday diminishes the sacrifice of the north because the south thought they had the right to own people.
We defeated them! Northerners fought and died to free blacks, obviously systemically racist!
Documented cost for some options:
The budget keeps growing because bleeding heart liberals want to celebrate while most people will only see a day off.
Your tax dollars and elected officials at work!