You know, I try to keep my blogging on absolute stupidity to a minimum—there are other people, on this site and others, who do a better job, and I don’t have the time anyway. There’s just too much stupidity out there—I’d never get any work done. But when the Governor of Virginia and the Governor of Mississippi both state pretty unequivocally that slavery wasn’t such a big deal with reference to the Civil War—well, how can I resist?
First up, Republican Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia, who has issued a proclamation celebrating something called Confederate History Month. Well, that might not be so bad—all those Civil War buffs who like to recreate various battles on those old battlefields probably want some sort of official validation, or something. But he managed to leave out that anti-slavery language that one of his predecessors had inserted, on the grounds that slavery wasn’t one of the issues that was “most significant for Virginia.” Like one of his predecessors, the always stimulating George Allen, McDonnell’s proclamation refers to the Civil War as “a four-year struggle for [Southern] independence and sovereign rights.”
Not to be outdone in this race to the bottom, Haley Barbour, the Republican Governor of Mississippi, doesn’t think this is much of a big deal. In fact, the relevant direct quote from Barbour here is
To me it’s a sort of feeling that it’s just a nit. That it is not significant. It’s trying to make a big deal out of something that doesn’t matter for diddly.
Mississippi has a similar proclamation honoring the Confederacy, as does Georgia. None mentions slavery.
It should go without saying that both Virginia and Mississippi are taker states. It should also go without saying that the next time any of these morons talks about wanting to secede, we hold them to it.
The above stamp was issued in 1940 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the passage of the 13th amendment, which abolished slavery.