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Still Fighting The Civil War

By The Reverend Published: January 17, 2014

In 2010, Virginia GOP Governor Bob McDonnell declared that the month of April that year would be "Confederate History Month." .....

Included in McDonald's declaration statement were these lines....

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....

....the leaders and individuals in the Army, Navy and at home who fought for their homes and communities and Commonwealth....

The Virginia governor declared April, 2010, Confederate History Month, to agitate Democrats and please his more excitable GOP base voters.

The Confederacy of the nineteen century, of course, declared independence from the act of deliberative treason.....and then that Confederacy attacked the United States of America as it's enemy. The Confederacy, after all the romanticized Gone with the Wind propaganda is stripped away, was the largest organized domestic terrorist group the United States of America has ever encountered.

No matter, Governor McDonnell thought it would be a great idea....perhaps a unifying idea(!) celebrate that old domestic terrorist group....for an entire month.

Today, we have a story coming out of Florida which seems equally unexplainable....

Last year, nearly a century and a half after the Battle of Olustee, the Florida chapter of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War made a request to the state parks department. It asked for permission to place an obelisk to honor Union soldiers (who lost the battle on Feb. 20, 1864) inside the three-acre Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, the same patch of land that holds three monuments commemorating Confederate soldiers.....

....the request has enraged many in the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which views the state’s decision as a betrayal of the small park’s legacy. As word spread, an online call to arms was issued by the national Confederate group’s leader to oppose the “Darth Vader-esque obscene obsidian obelisk” in what the group’s members see as the Second Battle of Olustee.

To descendants of the Confederates in North Florida, the move was perceived to be the latest salvo against this area’s values and traditions.

Short on time this, I need your help in fleshing out the meaning of the phrase "this area's values and traditions" as it pertains to the old Confederacy Terrorist Gang. What "value" could there be in perpetuating a form of adoration for the country's most dangerous terrorist group in all of it's history?

I'm keenly interested in your opinions on this.



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