We’re hearing lots of outrage from the left following Gov. Bob McDonnell’s decision to dedicate April as Confederate History month. While nearly 150 years have passed since the start of the Civil War, it remains a touchy subject for many and understandably so. However, Gov. McDonnell has emphasized the “History” part of it.
I was focused on … the Civil War history, and the Confederate army and the fact that we’ve got battlefields here, and frankly that this is going to be a very important event here next year that will promote tourism and economic development,” he said, noting the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.
The reaction was predictable.
Black members of the General Assembly, all Democrats, said McDonnell’s proclamation was “offensive and offered a disturbing revision of the Civil War and the brutal era that followed.”
“Virginia has worked hard to move beyond the very things for which Gov. McDonnell seems nostalgic,” said a statement issued by the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.
I hardly think that an Irish Catholic raised in Northern Virginia who attended Notre Dame is “nostalgic” towards the Confederacy.
Now if you want to see nostalgia for the Confederacy, one need look no further than Virginia’s senior senator…
“He has suggested many times that while the Confederacy is a symbol to many of the racist legacy of slavery and segregation, for others it simply reflects Southern pride. In a June 1990 speech in front of the Confederate Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, posted on his personal website, he lauded the rebels’ “gallantry,” which he said “is still misunderstood by most Americans.”
Remarks at the Confederate Memorial, June 3, 1990 –jameswebb.com
“I am not here to apologize for why they fought, although modern historians might contemplate that there truly were different perceptions in the North and South about those reasons, and that most Southern soldiers viewed the driving issue to be sovereignty rather than slavery.”
The simplest explanation, he said, can be found on the Confederate memorial in Arlington National Cemetery.
“Not for fame or reward, not for place or for rank, not lured by ambition or goaded by necessity, but in simple obedience to duty as they understood it. These men suffered all sacrificed all dared all and died,” he said.
“What better way to say it,” he said. “This is a great place to come and remember what sacrifice is, and what it means.”
Where’s the outrage against that? Could it have anything to do with the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus being all Democrats like Jim Webb? If the outrage was real and not motivated by partisanship, then Webb would be held to the same standard. Instead, he gets a pass because he has a “D” after his name.
Amazingly enough, the WashPo failed to include the word “thesis” in their article about this.