Governor McDonnell Panders to Conservatives by Rewriting Confederate History to Exclude Slavery
Virginia’s Governor Bob McDonnell declared April as “Confederate History and Heritage Month”. The thing about Confederate History, just so you know, is the Great War of Yankee Aggression had nothing to do with slavery. So, the subject of slavery was not worth mentioning. The Civil War was about state’s rights, not slavery. Tariffs, not slavery. The needs of the southern farmer versus the Northern industrial expansion.
Uh huh. Gosh, that’s genteel. It sure sound pretty. But see, the problem is that at the heart of all of those issues is….slavery. And at the heart of the issues surrounding slavery is the issue of race. So why didn’t McDonnell feel it worthy of mentioning? Maybe because McDonnell is busy pandering to the conservatives of his state, who do not wish to acknowledge the real reason for the Civil War. Sounds like McDonnell has him a state full a good ole’ boys who remember fondly the days of white supremacy and are still nursing a century old grudge.
Ringing any bells yet?
Yeah, McDonnell has him a state full o’ TeaPartiers. Their denials of slavery sound like the quickly diminishing Republicans’ petulant yet ineffective denials of modern day racism. The Tea Party/Teapublicans have unveiled the previously latent racism of the GOP for all the world to see. Or perhaps it was only latent before because it wasn’t an issue….Whereas now, they’ve been usurped from their presumed rightful position, as a man of color is residin’ in “their” White House.
Do the recent Republican siren calls for sedition, secession, and perhaps even treason ring any bells?
John Wilkes Booth, a Confederate spy, decided to assassinate the president after attending a speech in which Lincoln advocated voting rights for African Americans. Voting rights for blacks so enraged the Confederate spy that he shot and killed Lincoln.
And yet McDonnell doesn’t think that confederate history has anything to do with slavery. Really? And they dare to call themselves the party of Lincoln.
And while we’re on the subject of Linclon’s assassination, it should serve as a warning bell to all but the most puerile and desperate to immediately cease stirring up racial resentment and inciting violence among the people. But I fear Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, et al have no intention of being responsible leaders.
There is a narrow divide between those on the wrong side of history regarding this very issue and national tragedy.
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