–apology update below–
Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, reviving a controversy that had been dormant for eight years, has declared that April will be Confederate History Month in Virginia, a move that angered civil rights leaders Tuesday but that political observers said would strengthen his position with his conservative base. – McDonnell’s Confederate History Month proclamation irks civil rights leaders
When I drive the GW Parkway on my way to Washington, passing into Alexandria, Virginia, this is the statue I pass at Washington and Prince Streets of an unarmed soldier marking the spot where units from Alexandria left to join the Confederate Army.
Down the street is historic Christ Church, where George Washington and Robert E. Lee were regular worshipers, with the church having been divided, with supporters of Washington sitting on one side, Lee’s supporters on the other. They talk about this even today, a church historian telling me where I could sit on Sunday depending on my politics.
Anyone paying attention to Bob McDonnell’s resume when he was running for governor shouldn’t be at all shocked at this latest development. Democrats have absolutely no room to whine, because they let this guy in.
Let’s remember Bob McDonnell is the guy Democrats couldn’t beat, and now is the template Republicans want to repeat.
This is the man that Creigh Deeds lost to by double digits, because Virginia Democrats couldn’t peg a loser on sight.
This is the Pat Robertson conservative who the Democratic Party, with Barack Obama leading as president, and Tim Kaine (former Virginia governor) running the DNC, couldn’t get exercised about to fight against. (Pres. Obama saved his capital for Deval Patrick.)
Not surprisingly, Gov. McDonnell, while setting out to honor the Civil War southern soldier, forgot one thing: slavery.
McDonnell speaks of shared history, yet does not cite slaves. Southern heritage includes not only those who supported the Confederacy but those who welcomed the Union armies as liberators. McDonnell recognizes that the past must be interpreted within the context not only of its times but of ours. The inexcusable omission reduces the slaves and their descendants to invisibility once again. – Times Dispatch
Bob McDonnell doesn’t see an issue. David Frum doesn’t either.
You know, because we’re all in a post-racial era and we wouldn’t want to raise a fuss and disturb the natives.
UPDATED: Gov. McDonnell apologizes, adds a paragraph that should have been included in the first place.
WHEREAS, it is important for all Virginians to understand that the institution of slavery led to this war and was an evil and inhumane practice that deprived people of their God-given inalienable rights and all Virginians are thankful for its permanent eradication from our borders, and the study of this time period should reflect upon and learn from this painful part of our history. …