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Gov. McDonnell was right to honor Confederate soldiers, and slavery had nothing to do with it. Just ask Democratic Senator James Webb.
The Left’s unconscionable and shameful race baiting continues, and for rankly partisan political purposes.
First there was the attempt to depict the Tea Party movement as racist. The lack of absolutely any evidence whatsoever to support this noxious charge didn’t deter the rabid Left, of course. After all, why worry about things such as honor, fairness and truth when your goal is to smear and destroy your political opponents?
Why is this controversial? Because of slavery, we are lectured. The Civil War was about slavery, and the Confederacy defended slavery.
This line of thought, in turn, has invited all sorts of vitriolic demagoguery and historical slander by leftist race baiters whose only claim to fame seems to be their historical ignorance.
CNN “political contributor” Roland S. Martin, for instance, last night compared Confederate soldiers to “Nazis.”
“These folks committed treason by taking up arms against the United States. You celebrate that? They were domestic terrorists.”
Has Mr. Martin no sense of decency? Has he no sense of honor and shame? Of course we don’t celebrate the Confederates’ “treason against the United States.” And of course we don’t celebrate slavery.
In fact, anyone who knows anything about American history knows that for most Southerners, and for most Confederate soldiers, the Civil War (or War Between the States) was absolutely not about slavery. It was about resisting Yankee aggression, and defending their liberty, their honor and their homeland.
The Confederate soldiers, moreover, were quite courageous and valiant in battle. And it is their courage and valor, and their implacable commitment to family and community, that we honor and celebrate.
The idea that Confederate History Month is about slavery is simply and verifiably false and historically inaccurate. And leftist racist baiters like Roland Martin know this. They know that no one (obviously) defends, let alone honors, slavery. Slavery was (obviously) wrong.
Yet Martin and other leftist race baiters continue to demagogue this issue because they want to score cheap and unearned political points. They want to smear their political opponents so they can win illicit and shameful political and legislative victories.
Today, after all, there are few things worse to be called than a racist or even racially insensitive. Indeed, the stigma of these charges burns deeply in the American soul and psyche, and not without reason, given our nation’s historical missteps and mistakes.
However, it is equally true that the Left has a shameful history of viciously and falsely crying racism to smear its political opponents; and that this is happening now with alarming frequency. The latest case in point: Bob McDonnell.
Now, it so happens that the Civil War turned out to be very much about slavery. But again, it must be emphasized, that’s not what motivated most Southerners to fight.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?