Thoughts On Confederate History Month

Primer: See the Washington Post article here.

I’m gonna tell you up front.  I don’t live in VA.  Hell, I don’t even live on the East Coast.  But I’ve seen a lot in writing and on TV regarding Gov. Robert McDonnell (who I am a fan of) declaring April “Confederate History Month” in VA. as many governors before him have.  And I have three words about it:

Big.   Fukking.  Deal…

Let’s get right down to brass tacks about this.  Gov. McDonnell’s proclamation is meant to show historical respect to brave men who fought for what they thought to be right in a dark period of our nations history.  He is embracing the heritage of the state, and in the process setting a stage for an increased interest in Virginia’s rich cultural heritage and a great destination for visitors.

Good for him.

There is nothing in this proclamation about slavery.  There shouldn’t be.  Slavery is a dark, but real, part of this nations history – and while repugnant – still a legal state in the 1860s.   This is NOT about slavery.  And it should be noted that slavery is only a portion of what led to the Civil War.  We are remiss in not remembering that states rights and intrusive Federal government were larger reasons for the Civil War.  Not so dissimilar to today, oh by the way…

Bear with me for a moment as I post the eight paragraphs of Gov. McDonnell’s proclamation:

WHEREAS,  April is the month in which the people of Virginia joined the Confederate States of America in a four year war between the states for independence that concluded at Appomattox Courthouse; and

WHEREAS, Virginia has long recognized her Confederate history, the numerous civil war battlefields that mark every  region of the state, the leaders and individuals in the Army, Navy and at home who fought for their homes and communities and Commonwealth in a time very different than ours today; and

WHEREAS,  it is important for all Virginians to reflect upon our Commonwealth’s  shared history, to understand the sacrifices of the Confederate leaders, soldiers and citizens during the period of the Civil War, and to recognize how our history has led to our present; and

WHEREAS, Confederate historical sites such as the White House of the Confederacy are open for people to visit in Richmond today; and

WHEREAS, all Virginians can appreciate the fact that when ultimately overwhelmed by the insurmountable numbers and resources of the Union Army, the surviving, imprisoned and injured Confederate soldiers gave their word and allegiance to the United States of America, and returned to their homes and families to rebuild their communities in peace, following the instruction of General Robert E. Lee of Virginia, who wrote that, “…all should unite in honest efforts to obliterate the effects of war and to restore the blessings of peace.”; and

WHEREAS,   this defining chapter in Virginia’s history should not be forgotten, but instead should be studied, understood and remembered by all Virginians, both in the context of the time in which it took place, but also in the context of the time in which we live, and this study and remembrance takes on particular importance as the Commonwealth prepares to welcome the nation and the world to visit Virginia for the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the Civil War, a four-year period in which the exploration of our history can benefit all;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert McDonnell, do hereby recognize April 2010 as CONFEDERATE HISTORY MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

This is not about slavery.  It is not about the denigration of black people.  It is about Heritage.  Sacrifice.  Patriotism.  It is a call to remind ourselves of how issues that divide us should – and should not – be handled.  About how a people, feeling disenfranchised by their Federal Government chose a very hard path to fight for what they believed in.  It’s about remembering how hurt can be healed by the right person, doing the right thing, at the right time.

And to those who wish to make this an issue about black vs. white:  Fukk off.  It’s not about that, I know it – and so do you.  You are just too narrow minded to admit it.

So, embrace your history Virgina.  Learn from it.  Apply it to some of the very issues we face today.  The term “Virginian” used to bestow pride and honor amongst those who wore the moniker.  DO NOT be afraid to feel that way today.

With respect,

-LTB (Of the West Coast)

16 responses to “Thoughts On Confederate History Month

  1. The liberals were rendered irrelevant in our last state election, and they have been sitting around like crack whores waiting for something to bitch about. The louder they squeal the more I like it.

  2. Lipton T. Bagg

    Can we queue the Pawn Shop basement scene from “Pulp Fiction” here, just for effect?

    “Zed’s dead, baby…Zed’s dead…”

  3. Lipton T. Bagg

    What’s sad, is we are 3000+ miles away, and get it. People on the doorstep of history are literal blinded by their own bias. They should be ashamed.

  4. Lipton T. Bagg

    Now, to appease the Liberal Fukkwads, the Governor has added the following language in a ninth paragraph:

    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…

    IMHO, I don’t know that he should have done that. Instead, he should have remained focused on the positives that Virginians contribute to history. To me, it dilutes the value of this remembrance to a “skin color” issue and kowtows to the Progressive azzholes. But it’s done.

  5. Well, I think he should not have set himself up for the criticism in the first place. He should have foreseen that the libs would harrass over this, and been proactive. Yeah, I know, what a weeney I am, but we know they will bitch, so give them as little ammo as possible…

  6. Fuk the libs…We had the same problem down here in SC about the Con federate flag at our state house. We had the Revs,(Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson), down here fomenting discontent and threatening boycotts.

  7. Virginia’s Confederate history left the state devastated, tens of thousands dead, and economy ruined. And the governor’s purpose in this observance is…? Maybe he wants to make sure Virginians will never forget the disaster their embrace of “states rights” brought on them ?

    Maybe I’m overly cynical, but it looks like just a standard Stupid Politician Trick. The governor wants to pander to his “base”…there’s political courage for you.

    But no question, knowing our history is of immeasurable value: understanding the past can help guide wise decisions. Even if intended as a cheap political ploy, “Confederate History Month” may be a good thing; if, as LTB wrote, Virginians will “learn from it.”

    Best, Steve

  8. I’m no racist, and I’m a God damned Yankee come here to Virginia, but I believe Virginia (and Lee) was correct that the States had the right to secede. The vast majority of southerners did not own slaves. I’d gladly fight now to keep those damn northerners from meddling in our business and telling us what to do.

    I’ve always been facinated by The War of Northern Agression. Only in the past few years have sissies tried to keep us from studying that period in our history, presumably because it hurts the widdle peelings of the most important block of democrat voters. Now, if the Governor proclaimed this Jim Crow Month or Separate but Equal Month, then the criticism would be valid. As it is, why bitch about the civil war but not the war for independence? They had slaves back then, too.

  9. Hi, JD:

    Looks like all here agree slavery isn’t the issue: as you note, only relevant as part of the “states rights” question.

    As regards the latter, “Confederate History Month” may be a valuable thing if it reminds Virginians how disastrous an idea the supposed “states’ right” of secession proved for them.

    Best, Steve

  10. Steve, are you THE Steve who hasn’t commented in a hell of a long time? Or are you new. At any rate, your input is valued here. Speak up more often!

  11. Lipton T. Bagg

    The real reasons Dems are up in arms has nothing – add emphasis – NOTHING! to do with slavery. What it has EVERYTHING to do with is the two previous Dem Governors of VA. choosing NOT to issue proclamations (a full-metal-jacket reach-around to their constituents). So the very existence of the document – even with perfect word-smithing – was a stark reminder of power and prestige lost; thus a veritable bitch-slap of Democrats Virginia.

    And this is why Gov. McDonnell’s retreat was the greater of two evils in this case. Because in doing so, Bob McDonnell ceded his well-fought victory.

  12. I’m watching “The Blues Brothers” on netflix online. Jake: “How often does the train go by?” Elwood: “So often you won’t even notice it.”

    Definitely one of my all time favorites…

  13. I forgot John Candy was in it. Oh, and Carrie Fisher is kinda how I visualize MOM. Remember the rockets, the bomb, the flame thrower, and the M16… Mom, can you confirm or deny???

  14. Even Pee-wee Herman was in it! I have such a shit memory!

  15. Hi, JDJD:

    Ol’ Steve from Yonder (, Kansas: population 207).

    Just kicking around, and hadn’t dropped by in a while: came to see what the current topics are.
    Like the Blues Brothers…on a mission from God.

    Good to talk again !

    Best, Steve

  16. Lipton T. Bagg

    It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses.

    Hit it…..

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