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Our Readers Who Comment have started their own Civil War this morning by firing more than 500 comments at each other as they debate the wisdom of Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's proclamation that April will be Confederate History Month in the Old Dominion.

The comment string contains a complex stew of old arguments about whether the Civil War was about states rights or slavery, individual rights or federal intrusion, blatant racism or economic necessity for agriculture, and what today's political parties really stand for. Several Northern Virginians -- who helped elect Republican McDonnell -- suggest that Fairfax County, Alexandria and Arlington should secede -- an action that contributed rather significantly to the start of the Civil War. It's an extraordinary example of how deeply some of us still feel about these issues.

McDonnell is Virginia's first Republican governor in three elections and, as Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman write, "The two previous Democratic governors had refused to issue the mostly symbolic proclamation honoring the soldiers who fought for the South in the Civil War."

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chet_brewer wrote, "Its unfortunate that Mr McDonnell felt the need to celebrate what was essentially treason and armed rebellion, regardless of how you clean it up... There is no question that the armies of the south fought heroically and that in the first couple of years of the war they had superior leadership, however in the end their "valor" resulted in the utter destruction of their states, their infrastructure, and their economy not exactly something that should be celebrated by patriots in my mind"

SandwichMan said, "It is senseless for liberals to get their thongs in knot about this non-issue. Virginia is positively steeped in Civil War history and Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy. The war was arguably the most seminal event in U.S. history and to not acknowledge it for reasons of political correctness would have been silly. Opponents also should consider Gov. McDonnell's political situation. Northern Virginia may fancy itself sophisticated and progressive, but the rest of the state has more conservative values. McDonnell so far has shown himself to be a practical man intent on getting crucial things done. Let's concentrate on issues of real importance."

xandersun suggested that "I think the greatest way we can honor Confederate history month is to once again secede. If West Virginia could do it, I say Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax should secede from the Dominion, too!"

And bikes-everywhere added, "I think I will celebrate my first day of Confederate History Month by writing the Chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and urging him to secede the County from the Commonwealth. I suggest my fellow "patriots" in Arlington County and the incorporated cities of northern Virginia do the same. This will be a good way to test the Guv's devotion to the principle of self-determination."

skrut003 said, "Ooo, a relatively safe way to diss blacks and score points with the tea bagger crowd. What GOP politician could resist that?"

roger27 wrote, "A gratuitous insult to black Virginians and to those who didn't grow up in the South. Anybody who DID grow up in the south will see it for what it is: Another example of Republicans fanning the racist flame in the region."

pettitda said, "good men have fought for the right reasons for the wrong side in a lot of wars. Of course that should be remembered. Honestly though, a large part of our citizenry was ENSLAVED and the defeat of this movement is what eventually began to free them. Let's not paint it rosy and commemorate this with a government honor. Wax poetic all you like, it's just unrealistic to think this isn't what defines the confederacy in today's society. That and the idea that if we can't agree we can always secede....yeah let's not honor that."

kentuckythunder, in an extended post, wrote, "...I do not defend slavery. I do not defend racism. What I DO defend is the celebration of a large piece of American History and Culture. THOUSANDS of Americans died for that way of life. The great, vast majority of them were NOT, nor ever were, slave owners. Plenty of them had no real desire to support the continuation of slavery (an institution doomed to die out anyway), but what they did desire was to NOT be told what to do by an ever more intrusive Federal Government that pounded them incessantly with unfair taxation and tariffs to placate northern politicians..."

RealTexan1 said, "Good for this governor. The South has nothing to be ashamed of except the legacy of slavery, and that issue was resolved quite some time ago... Also, keep in mind that the "Civil Rights" movement has already accomplished its original goals and exists now more as a "special priveleges" movement than for anything equating to social justice. I am not in Virginia, but I will celebrate."

NewsJunkie11 wrote, "Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Confederate history, warts and all, is part of American history, and the sesquicentennial of the most horrible, divisive war ever fought on American soil begins next year. Perhaps those ignorant of the issues and events of that era should take advantage of this opportunity to educate themselves, so that we might remain the greatest country the world has ever known..."

Rem127 said, "Names ,names, names. After looking at these comments, words of fear,unkindness, & hated in some cases, I see a trend that is sweeping America. Division.Why are we so afraid of our differences. Why can't we communicate enough to openly learn from our history instead of policing our heritage. [?]..."

Beckola complained that "People who belong to special interest groups that are based on their race, like NAACP, like the Black Caucus, and so many variants thereof, need to shut up about this. It's possible to talk about history and NOT mention slavery in every single case on every single subject."

OldProgessivefromWisconsin wrote, "Over a million Americans died on both sides because of the foolishness of southern planters who thought they could have everything their way eventhough in the minority---just like today's GOP..."

anonymous3 asked, "why would they celebrate a war they lost? i am curious about this fascination with the south and a war that it lost..."

MominNOVA wrote, "What next ? A reinstatement of
"Carry me back to Old Virginny" as our state song ? What makes the authors of this article think civil rights groups are the only ones offended by Confederate history month ? Many payers and voters...come from other places and are sick of this reactionary mentality. Wake up, Governor McDonnell your base is disappearing !"

IowaLad wrote, "...The Civil War was a huge mistake; slavery should have been abolished, of course, but the slaves should have been given a territory of their own. There is nothing wrong at all with Virginia or any other State honoring Confederate History Month."

fairfaxvoter said, "Given the explosive recent political history laid out here (see entire article), I am completely amazed McDonnell did not simply call it "Civil War History Month," roughly the solution that Governor Gilmore arrived at, acknowledge the "complex" aspects of revisiting this part of our collective history, including slavery, and tie his decision more firmly and publicly to next year's tourism campaign, thus job creation, at the time he issued the proclamation..."

controlbob1 wrote, "Long live the South! It was the Lincoln administration that started this vast accumulation of power at the federal level."

drc231 said, "...I come from a family that lost lives on both sides/blue and grey. It was the most destructive, horrible thing ever to occur on our great country's soil. To recognize it, with the weight of history throughout Virginia is not an abomination, despite the shouts of racism. Teach from it, learn from it, but don't forget it, it has very relevant lessons for all of us, regardless of our color or political affiliations. Soon, they will be lighting candles at Antietam, a horrifically bloody place in American History. Remember..."

We'll close with RealConservative, who wrote, "This is not a question of left or right, conservative or liberal, black or white.The Confederacy is in the history books as a misguided and failed experiment and that is where it should remain.Treason and racism should not be honored...this is an insult to those who sacrificed for the ideals of Democracy and Justice for All."

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By Doug Feaver  |  April 7, 2010; 7:43 AM ET
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What some people don't seem to understand is that not everyone who celebrates their Southern heritage is a racist. We just want to celebrate the brave men who fought for what they believed in to protect their way of life. And by the way during the war, slavery wasn't even an issue in Virginia until the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. I am personally glad that Bob Mcdonnell declared this month Confederate History Month to honor the Southern veterans of the Civil War. Why should it be Civil War History Month when Virginia is a Southern state and fought on the side of the Confederacy? Oh, and by the way, the Civil Rights Movement is over and has been for years.

Posted by: billybobjo | April 14, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

What some people don't seem to understand is that not everyone who celebrates their Southern heritage is a racist. We just want to celebrate the brave men who fought for what they believed in to protect their way of life. And by the way during the war, slavery wasn't even an issue in Virginia until the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. I am personally glad that Bob Mcdonnell declared this month Confederate History Month to honor the Southern veterans of the Civil War. Why should it be Civil War History Month when Virginia is a Southern state and fought on the side of the Confederacy? Oh, and by the way, the Civil Rights Movement is over and has been for years.

Posted by: billybobjo | April 14, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Yanks like me get tired of racist politicians trying to cover-up their beliefs with "overlooks," apologies and senseless subterfuge.

These elected clowns, along with "Southern heritage" (read: white supremacy) groups like the SCV, will continue to scream out their baloney while they ignore the truth: The primary cause of the Civil War was that the so-called “secessionist states” feared they couldn’t expand slavery. Southern leaders didn’t want to give up power in Congress, which would inevitably have happened as free states began to outnumber the slave states. If slavery was not the core issue, then it wouldn’t have mattered that the new states entered the Union as “free.” Don't let anyone fool you: The only "states rights" issue that was important to the South was the right to keep their fellow human beings in bondage.

It's amazing that even now, after 150 years, these narrow-minded people can't admit that anyone who took up arms against the United States government between 1861-1865 was commiting a criminal act. I believe the homage paid to those criminals should be kept to a minimum until the long-overdue reconciliation between all decendants of the "confederacy" becomes a reality. It's taken 150 years thus far, so, I won't be holding my breath!

Posted by: Spaboy | April 8, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

As a historian, I believe that the English sided politically with Mr. Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation late in the War between the States only when they no longer need American cotton. I believe that the records would show that the English could get cheaper cotton for their textile mills from India and Egypt. Does anyone care that the Indians and Egyptians in the 1860's were really no better off than African slaves in terms of being subject to the English crown and its protectorate states within the British Empire? They weren't treated any better. It was all about cotton, profits and empire. Mr. Lincoln stated that he wasn't trying to end slavery but that he wanted to PRESERVE the UNION. Now that should really offend the pinheads that became "offended" with the VA governor's proclamation of Confederate History Month. Mr. Lincoln minimized and / or omitted the issue of slavery as a causal factor and emphasized the matter of UNION as the critical focus of the war.
Another issue that really rubs the Yankees and pinheads is the matter of THOUSANDS of Black Confederates that Frederick Douglas SAW IN PERSON. Find out the full history of HOLT COLLIER and maybe, just maybe it may start to dawn on the pinheads that the South is NOT the epitomy of evil but rather the hypocritical, greedy meddling Yankees.
Night ya'll... Dixieforever

Posted by: dixieforever | April 7, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Can we blindly trust the victor of any war to write or re-write any truthful and unbiased history? All would agree NO.
The truth of the matter is that had the NORTH NOT perpetuated slavery in North America, there would NOT have been the Triangular Trade between New England, Africa and the Caribbean. Had the Northern investors in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade such as the Brown family NOT perpetuated the slave trade for massive financial gain, there would NOT have been any King Cotton thanks in part to the Yankee Eli Whitney for his cotton gin and the mass produced rifled muskets and there would NOT have been any so-called "civil war". Consider Northern cotton brokers like Archibald Gracie buying all the slave picked cotton they could get in Southern ports to ship the raw material to Northern textile mills starting with Slaters.....The ENGLISH stock market was birthed by the massive profits from slave produced cotton and even Wall Street in Yankeeland was boosted by Southern cotton. The Northerners created this immoral monster and are too cowardly to admit their culpability. They have hidden their awful sin of fault and complicity under the guise of angelic liberators. They blame the South when in reality the greedy Yankee puritans are at fault. They though nothing of practicing genocide on the Indians and hid their slave graveyards under the expanding New York metropolis. Yankee hypocrites....The only real winner here is the now out of control federalism and we all know it. How do we "get over " That?

Posted by: dixieforever | April 7, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

The Confederacy was - and after two World Wars, still is - the deadliest enemy the United States has ever fought.

Celebrating it is an insult to this nation, and to the values of equality and liberty.

Posted by: smomin1 | April 7, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

The ignorace of some people is simply amazing. To pretend slavery was just a footnote of the Civil War, or question why there is a Black History month is really pathetic. I am a Virginian, I remember seeing whites only signs as a small child, I remember the omission of black achievements in the history books, I went to segregated schools, these things were the legacy of the Confederacy. What is so noble about the enslavement of another human being that it is worth celebrating?

Posted by: Rush63 | April 7, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

I love that My heritage has a possibility of being celebrated. My father's family were southerners and I celebrate my heritage. The confederates fought bravely for what they believed in and we need to honor that. February is black history month, why can we not celebrate just as equally. I did not put black people into slavery, that was done by their own people, it was wrong, but not our fault. I am an American who is proud of the Confederate flag and what is represents.

Posted by: johnjoe7995 | April 7, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: kiboo | April 7, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that the black race has the NAACP, Black Caucus,Rainbow Coalition,Civil Rights groups and on and on and the white race is considered racists when we are proud of our southern culture and history? I am sick of being labeled a racists because I want to preserve my southern culture. The confederacy was about getting out from under the rule of the federal government who just like today bankrupts everything they touch and taxes the working class citizens to death while giving a free ride to the lazies that do nothing but hold both hands out for more. February is black history month, so I SUPPORT a month that celebrates the south's history. Why is confederacy racism and black history not?
NO MORE DOUBLE STANDARDS! EQUALITY FOR ALL which means using your race to get what you want is OVER!!! If the black race truly wants to be equal, then quit your whining, crying racism at every turn, expecting handouts and special treatment and BE EQUAL!

Posted by: catluvr4u | April 7, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

The South lost. The Confederacy chose the wrong side. Nothing to celebrate. It's history and should remain there. Governor McDonnell should let this awful period of our country remain in the history books so all can learn from it and not set Virginia for the ugliness of hatred and bigotry. No points to be gained politically. Time to move on.

Posted by: cricket35 | April 7, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Can any so called son or daughter of the the confederacy honestly say that there would have been a civil war if there was no slavery involved?
We know how the south reacted to the post reconstruction era : lynching, terrorism, mob rule, appropriation of property, rape, pillage, assassination, denial of human rights and on and on and on.
So trying today to claim that slavery was nothing but a footnote in the civil war is a joke, just like the 99.99% white tea bagger crowd are claiming today that they are just about fiscal restraint when they stood silent when Bush and his crowd were looting our resources.

Posted by: manahoua | April 7, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Its pretty much the civil war now. You know how divided this country is today?

Posted by: harrydean | April 7, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

New state slogan:

"Virginia is for Loosers"
… who celebrate the
the pinnacle of
fear, hate, greed, and torture.

Thanks, Governor McDonnell!

Posted by: peterblaise | April 7, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Now why would a sitting Republican Governor want to stir up the n..utcases and celebrate rebellion, sedition and treasonous secession??? Just asking??

What do Germans, Japanese and Confederate Southerners have in common?? They each have a small group of nutjobs that can not deal with the reality of having lost.

Posted by: thebobbob | April 7, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

No Comments allowed on the WaPo story about the current events in Kyrgyzstan.

The public there is revolting against the government.....and I mean in burning down government/security forces buildings and stuff.....hahahaha

Wish the same things would happen here.

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | April 7, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Once again, a bunch of northerners telling Virginia what to do!

Posted by: melador | April 7, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

You northern morons will never understand the heritage of the South. No use even trying to explain anything to you. If you want to think whatever ..thats your right. And to Southerners..dont waste your breath on these people. We will always celebrate the Confederacy and not let any northern trash take it away from us. Not them, not the federal government, not Osama or Obama....can take our heritage away unless we let them.

Posted by: kenyalover2003 | April 7, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Who would understand the heritage of hanging, beating, and racism, unless you are a racist white rat? Who does understand why the governor did such acts in such a private way? Huh? Can you explain that? Just because you celebrate the Confederacy doesn't mean that YOUR HISTORY WILL REPEAT ITSELF, even as much as you like it or wish it would. Try linching someone now and watch how quick your family will be mourning YOUR PASSING AND CELEBRATING YOUR LIFE. And I'm from the south just so you know.

Posted by: wisedecision08 | April 7, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Another cheap GOP gimmick. The intent is not to educate or enlighten about the history of the Civil War. BTW, Robert E. Lee was against secession as was Stonewall Jackson. Many southernors wanted to preserve the union. It was just a small pocket of extremists that wanted to secede....sounds familiar, doesn't it? I have a great respect for the bravery and valor of all men who fought the CW (I loved reading about the tactics of Nathan B. Forrest and JS Mosby), but using their exploits to promote a political message is shabby and distasteful. It cheapens the sacrifices made of those buried at Arlington Cemetary and the battlefields.

Posted by: br30 | April 7, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

This shows the all to much influence of those south of Fredericksburg. Northern Virginia needs to become the 51st so it can control its interests, and become a full member of the 21st century.

Posted by: jckdoors | April 7, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

The South can celebrate its heritage by having a "Southern heritage/history month" or an "American heritage/history month". But the "Confederacy" itself denotes a political movement to separate from the United States and to preserve a way of life that included slavery. It is highly offensive to a substantial segment of the population. Germans can have a "German heritage/history month", but they do not and cannot have a "Nazi history/heritage month". Yes, it's true that the Nazi era is part of German history, and some good came out of it (France's a-- got kicked. Who can say that wasn't at least a little good ;) ), and German pride was restored after the vengeful and disastrous Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I. And can you imagine if they did have a Nazi Heritage Month they didn't even mention the extermniation of the Jews? You can honor your German history and heritage without reference to the Third Reich. Likewise, you can honor your Southern history and heritage without reference to the Confederacy.

Furthermore, Southerners who want to honor such a divisive and tarnished political movement/entity as the "Confederacy" which offends and leaves out a large portion of their population had better be prepared one day to have to celebrate Union Victory Over the Rebellious States and American Patriotism Day on April 9. If you think that forcing the whole country to honor U.S. history and patriotism this way is a fair, unifying, and sensible thing to do, when it might rub a large portion of the American people (i.e. Southerners)the wrong way, then go have your "Confederate History Month"

Posted by: xandersun | April 7, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Hey, kenyalover2003, VA girl born and raised, so I guess that gives me the right to speak. My dad was really into Civil war history, and so is most of my family (brother is a history teacher). A move to showcase a "Civil War History Month" would have been a good turn for promoting historical education and VA tourism. But the manner in which McDonnell proceeded with this was sneaky and underhanded (fear of discovery often implies that you know there might be something not particulary right about what you're doing) and he should have be a bit more open and honest about it. The removal of any mention of slavery is completely suspect; personally I believe it really should have been "Civil War History Month". The fact that he directed it towards the "If at first you don't secede..." group sorta points at the move being at best disingenuous and intentionally provocative(like we need more negativity in this country) and at worst pandering to racist revisionists.

Posted by: monkeynavigated | April 7, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Are people forgetting about the Civil War? A lot of the comments seem to indicate as much since we need a whole month of rememberance. We need to dramtically improve our schools if this is the case.

Posted by: wwc4g | April 7, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Hey Doug Feaver. You should change your picture. The whole "I really want to look progressive like Steve Jobs" thing looks about as desperate as Harrison Ford's earring.

Oh, and unless you're descended from real Virginians (ie not New York transplants) you should really mind your own business.

Posted by: duder | April 7, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Governor for setting the state of Virginia back 50 years. You are the Governor for all of Virginia not just the conservatives. You need to go back an reevaluate your agenda. Right now the only ones that you have served are the conservative citizens. I hope you don't have any aspirations beyond Virginia. Because unless you change your views you won't get pass the ballot box.

Posted by: masonbw | April 7, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

If the governor had proclaimed Civil War History month I wouldn't have a problem. After all, many Americans as well as Confederates died here.

My family has lived in the South for many generations but I would have been a Unionist and an Abolitionist. I love the United States and am for liberty for all. Disappointed more Southerners don't feel the same way.

Posted by: JaninArlington | April 7, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

This is America...folks can celebrate if they want. My Blackness will not suffer.

My question is, are taxpayer dollars being spent to fund this? Because my Greenness (read money) should not be used for this 'celebration'.

Posted by: kahlua87 | April 7, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

It's one thing to honor the fallen soldiers of the Civil War but it's entirely different and unacceptable to honor the "Confederacy," even under the guise of history month. It's in poor taste and I am very disappointed in McDonnell because he is promoting a polarizing issue that once again divides Americans (Virginians) along racial lines. If McDonnell is willing to promote confederate history month, then he should be equally willing to promote issues such as gay and lesbian history month to provide equal opportunity for all Virginians. Why in the world does McDonnell cater to the sons of the confederacy unless he is one himself?

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | April 7, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

The big picture is that most Virginians, like Robert E Lee, fought for Virginia first and any cause secondary. They should be honored and remembered for the loyalty and call to duty.

Posted by: gothicman2 | April 7, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

why not have a Virginia State History Month? I'll tell you why, because a Confederate History Month gives a nod to that teabagging birther right-wingnut crowd that Mcdonnell is so enamoured with.

Posted by: MarilynManson | April 7, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

That bull about Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria seceeding has been around since before Loudon.

When the deficit comes due and America re-organizes we should shift to a city-state model and vastly expand the federal city beyond the district. DC statehood will arrive on the day when whites can be assured of two additional seats in the Senate.

Posted by: blasmaic | April 7, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I'm a Republican conservative living in Va. and voted for McDonnell. Sorry I did. Wish I had known his intentions. This guy is a loser.

Posted by: boyn4884 | April 7, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I'm a Republican conservative living in Va. and voted for McDonnell. Sorry I did. Which I had known his intentions. This guy is a loser.

Posted by: boyn4884 | April 7, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe you cite reader comments. For one thing, the Post is the only paper I know of that opens up comments to anyone without restriction. There is no e-mail confirmation process (you can just make up an e-mail address, as I do -- There is comment curation and approval as the New York Times has. There is no requirement to post real names as the Wall Street Journal has.

Why does the Post have such a low standard? To drive up page view counts, so it can charge more for advertising.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | April 7, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Just a reminder for all of you with the negative comments about the Republican Party. Abraham Lincoln was a REPUBLICAN. He stood for principal against the opinion of many and executed his presidential oath to preserve the Union. The Republican leadership of Lincoln FREED THE SLAVES.
After the war the Southern DEMOCRATS fought hard to keep the status quo in the South. They helped organize and supported the KKK!
If you think everyone is out to get you - get your facts straight. Our history should be taught - the good and the bad - but not to glorify the bad.

Posted by: MCgrunt | April 7, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

McD is a foolish governor. Who voted for him, anyway?

Posted by: kcflood87 | April 7, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

History is history whether it is about white, black, red, green or yellow. You cannot change it by ignoring it. The civil war was about just about all of it. State rights, slavery, federal govt. you name it. It was a devastating part of our history and regardless of which side people fought on we cannot know why they fought since we were not been there. There are a few letters but by and large we cannot know the individual thinking and I believe the people that fought in it were as varied in their reasons as people are today.

I do believe if you follow history the Federal government started to grow and get out of hand from the end of the civil war to present day.

Kudus to the Governor for taking the stand for history!

Posted by: Dpurvis1 | April 7, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

The Civil War was nothing more than an armed insurrection against the legitimate government of the United States and an act of a group of traitors to their country. Plain and simple.

It was also nothing more than the South trying to hang unto slavery despite its immorality.

The same Southerners who almost destroyed this country, the same country many of their forefathers fought to establish in the Revolutionary War, are the ones waving flags and proclaiming their freedom and their patriotism constantly. Talk about a contradiction in terms.

The Governor of Virginia is a disgrace but I knew that once he was elected and started with his discriminatory agenda right off the bat.

What a clown.

Posted by: JaneDoe4 | April 7, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

While we're at it, let's celebrate Nazi day! We can drone over all the great aspects the Nazi's had...discipline, a strong central government, great work ethic (at least they made the Jews work hard).

Let’s also celebrate another group of separatists...the Iraqi insurgents. They represent religious freedom, and resistance to outside forces...American ideals.

I wish that Virginia viewed celebrating a bunch of "American insurgents" as ridiculously as my other proposed holidays!

Posted by: mcampise | April 7, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Why do liberals want to rewrite history? A civil war did take place, slavery was a part of the cause but not tho only factor. There were slave owners on the south and the north participants in this terrible war.
As for remembering the civil war, we certainly should do it just as we should never fail to remember the other wars in which Americans have fought and died.
Remember America is a free country thanks to the soldiers, not the politicans. Should we ever find our enemy on our own land, give me a soldier for protection, not a politican who usually starts the conflict the soldier resolves, then gets little notice and maybe a small pension while a politican is treated as a hero, lies in state after death and considered a hero.
America needs to do some serious thinking before it is too late.

Posted by: truthful2 | April 7, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

You northern morons will never understand the heritage of the South. No use even trying to explain anything to you. If you want to think whatever ..thats your right. And to Southerners..dont waste your breath on these people. We will always celebrate the Confederacy and not let any northern trash take it away from us. Not them, not the federal government, not Osama or Obama....can take our heritage away unless we let them.

Posted by: kenyalover2003 | April 7, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

If this is really about history, why not call it "Civil War History Month" instead?

Posted by: leoandpat | April 7, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

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