Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's reprehensible decision to declare April 2010 Confederate History Month in that state is gaining national attention, and rightly so. The American people should once again take a long, hard look at the GOP, and what really drives it.
If Governor McDonnell wants to promote the Civil War in Virginia, I say more power to him. Let him call it "Civil War Heritage Month" and let it address the plight of the slaves, and the atrocity of post-Reconstruction civil rights violations in Virginia.
In recognition of the first Confederate History Month, it's time to acknowledge the incontestable truth about the Confederacy: it was, quite literally, the most unpatriotic thing in the entire history of America.
In the US, the issue is becoming one of history being taught differently in Texas than in Maine, and interpreted differently in Virginia than in Ohio. And it is becoming a political tool for polarized pundits.
Once completed, the enormous hot tub time machine now in production will enable the entire population to travel back in time to 1860, when Virginia was a part of the Confederacy, Gov. McDonnell said today.
The political and social development of the American South were radically changed by the Haitian Slave Rebellion -- the only successful slave rebellion in history, and one inspired by the American Revolution.
The "Manchurian Candidate" fantasy is alive and well in Republican ranks. And is it a long-term problem that they are largely opposed to the first black president and first brown Supreme Court justice?...You bet.