Below is the full text of a proclamation by the new Republican governor of Virginia. In proclaiming Confederate History Month – something his two Democratic predecessors refused to do – McDonnell tells tells two blatant lies:
1. The the Civil War was a “war for independence” rather than a war to defend slavery.
2. That the confederate soldiers “returned to their homes and families to rebuild their communities in peace,” leaving out the actual history of domestic terrorism which eventually succeeded in overturning Reconstruction and re-imposing caste dominance. (Pro-Confederate historiography calls this process – somewhat blasphemously – “the Redemption.)”
Of course no Republican elected official, in Virginia or nationally, and damned few “conservative” pundits, will have the courage to denounce this shameless pandering to the admirers of treason (defined by the Constitution as “waging war on the United States”).
The irony of the Party of Lincoln being taken over by Confederate sympathizers is now a generation old, but it grows no less painful with the passage of time. I know my Red friends hate to be called racists, but in that case might I suggest encouraging the politicians they support to take fewer racist actions?
Confederate History Month
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 Commonwealthâ€™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, â€œ…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 Virginiaâ€™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.