Tag: Civil War
*Today's Virginia is a "diverse" place, in which we are committed to "the founding ideal of equal liberty and justice and opportunity for all."
*McDonnell's Confederate History Month proclamation was flawed, due to its "major and unacceptable omission of slavery" an omission which "disappointed and hurt a lot of people, myself included."
*"Slavery was an evil and inhumane practice which degraded people to property, defied the eternal truth that all people are created in the image and likeness of God, and left a stain on the soul of this state and nation."
*In April 2011, McDonnell will issue a "Civil War in Virginia" proclamation that will remember all Virginians-free and enslaved; Union and Confederate. It will be written for all Virginians."
Again, I'm glad to see that Bob McDonnell finally got this right. I just wish we could get to a place in Virginia where no governor would ever conceive of getting it wrong, whether an "error of haste" or "of heart."
Lincoln appeared at a White House balcony to tell a crowd of serenaders that this "gigantic Rebellion" whose purpose was to "overthrow the principle that all men are created equal" had been dealt a crippling blow."
The Confederacy never recovered from these twin blows, and when Union armies advanced into the Confederacy, thousands of slaves were freed each day, as the federal forces implemented the Emancipation Proclamation of 1 January 1863. Whatever lawyerly constitutional splitting of hairs has been offered before or since for secession, the participants in "The War" understood perfectly well why they were fighting: to preserve that union which was founded on the freedom of all men, every one equally a human being.