Yesterday Virginia Governor
CSA President Bob McDonnell proclaimed April to be Confederate History Month in
However some within the wingnut-O-sphere disagree:
This attempt to give
a pass on the issue of slavery is historically untenable and, I must add, rather offfensive. Virginia
It also seems like bad politics. To my knowledge, McDonnell has no problems with his base. To be sure, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has supplanted him as the base's favorite by being out-front on certain social issues. But by keeping a lower profile, McDonnell has been able to come across, to his benefit, as a somewhat moderate figure without actually "moderating" himself.
Now he is a polarizing figure. Already, former Gov. Douglas Wilder, an African-American who has been supportive of McDonnell and who declined to endorse his opponent last year, has expressed his dismay over McDonnell's failure to mention slavery in the proclamation.
Republicans may be on the verge of gaining a share of national power, but the electorate still has justifiable reservations about whether the Party deserves power. McDonnell's decision won't inspire confidence.
The Guy Named Paul @ Powerline Blog
I disagree. This is exactly who and what the GOP is these days. Why hide it?
So in honor of Gov McDonnell, I am going to answer his call and provide some posts on confederate history. And since Governor Bob seems to have forgotten about Slavery, it seems the best place to start.