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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Virginia Gov declares April is Confederate History Month.

No, I'm not kidding.


  • I find this patently offensive. But I think is serves to prove my point that the Civil War never ended. We are, in some sense, more like a the former Yugoslavia, or Czechoslovakia or even Iraq, with it's sectarian and tribal/territorial hostilities. More like a Baltic nation carved out on a map by the victors of war. More like these than any Western country I can think of.

    We are a country whose regions were forced together literally at the point of a gun. We are most certainly not UNITED states. At least not on principle nor national vision, nor even in historical perspective; despite our occasional ability for coming together in taking up arms against a foreign enemy.

    All to often the "enemy" is across the county or state line; even across the neighborhood or across the town hall. Elected politician proudly and unashamedly declare as much. Often with vigor and vitriol.

    But I digress. Take the VA governors proclamation and replace Confederate States (and it's conjugations) with any other attacker of the United States of America. How does it read then? We may show respect for the naïve foot soldier caught up in a war not of his making. But we would never respect, much less honor, the cause of that soldier's leaders.

    By Blogger -epm, at 6:53 AM  

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