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Earlier this year, I was a bit surprised when Virginia's Governor announced this.....
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,.....
... 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,...
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.
The old Confederacy was a treasonous, domestic terror organization which evolved out of southern state populations. The old Confederacy was not some honorable movement, valiantly struggling to "take their country back" from the elitist Northerners. Instead, the Confederacy was a massive criminal movement organized to commit acts of treason against the United States of America.
I don't care how many times you watch Gone With The Wind, it won't change the fact that the old Confederacy had neither honor, patriotism, nor love of country. The old Confederacy was America's enemy. The Civil War was not about southern states fighting northern states. The Civil War was about a rebellious band of southern criminals traitorously attacking the United States of America.
And so I found it a bit strange when Virginia's new Governor, Bob McDonnell, issued his Confederate History Month proclamation back in April.
Why would a state's governor in 2010 want to celebrate a domestic terror group whose primary role in history was to threaten the United States of America with a violent overthrow? Why would an educated governor in the year 2010 proclaim a month-long celebration of the very people who made up our nation's worst domestic enemy? Why would a Virginia governor in 2010 want his citizens to reflect and review, and even celebrate, our nation's worst-ever domestic terrorist leaders and soldiers? Why did Governor McDonnell want his citizens to better "understand the sacrifices of the Confederate leaders, soldiers and citizens during the period of the Civil War?"
And most importantly, what did Governor McDonnell mean when he told Virginians it was "important" to understand the Confederacy "in the context of the time in which we live?"
I think that the answer lies in the recent rise of what I'm calling America's Neo-Confederacy. The New Rebels.
Like the old Confederate terrorist group, the Neo-Confederacy of 2010 speaks of tyrannical Washington elites who have taken their country away from them. The Neo-Confederacy claims that their "freedom", their "liberty", their states rights are being taken away from them by democratically elected representatives in Congress. The New Rebel Leaders are methodically radicalizing "real Americans" out there in "real America" to regard many of their fellow Americans as the enemy.
The Neo-Confederates distinguish themselves by calling for the repeal of many of the Constitution's long-standing amendments. These New Rebels have told us that if they can't get their way at the ballot box, they will have no other choice but to resort to "2nd amendment remedies."
The Old Confederacy strenuously argued that they had the right to do whatever they wanted with "their" Negroes. The Neo-Confederacy argues that gay and Muslim Americans can, and should, be discriminated against, not granted equal status under law.
And just as the old Confederacy made a battle cry out of "states rights", so too the Neo-Confederacy. Our New Rebels openly resist democratically decided federal legislation. Legislation passed following the Congressional rules outlined by the Constitution are rejected out of hand by Rebel states bent on "taking their country back."
The Neo-Confederacy is heavily armed, having set records in gun and ammo buying immediately after our first black president was elected. These New Rebels have strapped on loaded guns and attended political events. The New Separatists have acted in threatening and thuggish ways from TownHall Bustups to personal security thuggishness in Alaska....and Kentucky...and Washington State ....and California.
Today's Republican Party candidates have been telling us in many ways that they are the Neo-Confederates come to take their nation back from elitist Washingtonians.
That's what the old Confederate leaders said too.
The deafening irony here is that these New Rebels, our new and potentially dangerous Confederacy movement in 2010, claim to be a movement of True Patriots.
Something to keep in mind when entering the polling booth on Tuesday.