Showing posts with label Confederacy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Confederacy. Show all posts

Monday, April 19, 2010

Is the Tea Party a Neo-Confederate Rebellion?

     In this weekend's New York Times, Frank Rich responds to some Tea Party members' recent actions that smell of racism and Confederate revival.  No one is making up this connection.  Members of the very Christian Tea Party are proudly asserting it themselves, some even calling for another Civil War.  So much for rendering unto Caesar--hypocrites.

     "They were fighting for the same things that people in the 'tea party' are fighting for now," said Grayson Jennings, first lieutenant commander of the Virginia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which lobbied McDonnell to issue the proclamation.  If Jennings's views are any measure, the group's on the political fringe. He said he'd favor seceding again -- "tonight is not soon enough" -- because of high taxes, illegal immigration and energy legislation.  Jennings's views about what he called the "War of Northern Aggression" are also pretty far out. He said linking the Confederacy and slavery was a "tired old argument."
     In response to McDonnell's redacted version of the Civil War, Mr. Rich reveals McDonnell's not-so-inclusive track record:
     McDonnell had been widely hailed by his party as a refreshing new “big tent” conservative star when he took office in Richmond, the former capital of the Confederacy, in January. So perhaps his Dixiecrat proclamation, if not a dream, might have been a staff-driven gaffe rather than a deliberate act of racial provocation.
     That hope evaporated once McDonnell was asked to explain why there was no mention of slavery in his declaration honoring “the sacrifices of the Confederate leaders, soldiers and citizens.” After acknowledging that slavery was among “any number of aspects to that conflict between the states,” the governor went on to say that he had focused on the issues “I thought were most significant for Virginia.” Only when some of his own black supporters joined editorialists in observing that slavery was significant to some Virginians too — a fifth of the state’s population is black — did he beat a retreat and apologize.
     McDonnell isn’t a native Virginian but he received his master’s and law degrees at Pat Robertson’s university in Virginia Beach during the 1980s, when Robertson was still a rare public defender of South Africa’s apartheid regime. As a major donor to McDonnell’s campaign and an invited guest to his Inaugural breakfast, Robertson is closer politically to his protégé than the Rev. Jeremiah Wright ever was to Barack Obama. McDonnell chose his language knowingly when initially trying to justify his vision of Confederate History Month. His sanitized spin on the Civil War could not have been better framed to appeal to an unreconstructed white cohort that, while much diminished in the 21st century, popped back out of the closet during the Obama ascendancy.
     But once again you’d have to look hard to find any conservative leader who criticized McDonnell for playing with racial fire. Instead, another Southern governor — who, as it happened, had issued a Confederate Heritage Month proclamation of his own — took up his defense. The whole incident didn’t “amount to diddly,” said Haley Barbour [Presbyterian], of Mississippi, when asked about it by Candy Crowley of CNN last weekend.
     On the Tea Party, racism, integration, health care Mr. Rich states:
     Most Americans who don’t like Obama or the health care bill are not racists. It may be a closer call among Tea Partiers, of whom only 1 percent are black, according to last week’s much dissected Times/CBS News poll. That same survey found that 52 percent of Tea Party followers feel “too much” has been made of the problems facing black people — nearly twice the national average. And that’s just those who admit to it. Whatever their number, those who are threatened and enraged by the new Obama order are volatile. Conservative politicians are taking a walk on the wild side by coddling and encouraging them, whatever the short-term political gain.
     The temperature is higher now than it was a month ago. It’s not happenstance that officials from the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Virginia and Mississippi have argued, as one said this month, that the Confederate Army had been “fighting for the same things that people in the Tea Party are fighting for.” Obama opposition increasingly comes wrapped in the racial code that McDonnell revived in endorsing Confederate History Month. The state attorneys general who are invoking states’ rights in their lawsuits to nullify the federal health care law are transparently pushing the same old hot buttons.
     “They tried it here in Arkansas in ’57, and it didn’t work,” said the Democratic governor of that state, Mike Beebe, likening the states’ health care suits to the failed effort of his predecessor Orval Faubus to block nine black students from attending the all-white Little Rock Central High School. That battle for states’ rights ended when President Eisenhower [Presbyterian] , a Republican who would be considered a traitor to his party in 2010, enforced federal law by sending in troops.
     How our current spike in neo-Confederate rebellion will end is unknown. It’s unnerving that Tea Party leaders and conservatives in the Oklahoma Legislature now aim to create a new volunteer militia that, as The Associated Press described it, would use as yet mysterious means to “help defend against what they believe are improper federal infringements on state sovereignty.” This is the same ideology that animated Timothy McVeigh, whose strike against the tyrannical federal government will reach its 15th anniversary on Monday in the same city where the Oklahoma Legislature meets.

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Gov. McDonnell Apologizes for Nixing Slavery from Confederate History Proclamation, but Is It Enough?


    On Wednesday, the Roman Catholic Governor of Virginia, Robert F. McDonnell (Republican), apologized for omitting slavery from his proclamation of April as Confederate History Month.  In the AP video embedded below, McDonnell defended his omission of slavery in the proclamation saying:
     "I didn't mention it [slavery] solely because I was trying to keep focus on the war aspects of it [Confederate history]." 
     As if the Confederates weren't fighting the war so that they could keep their slaves?  Come on, governor.  Give me a break.

     "The proclamation issued by this Office designating April as Confederate History Month contained a major omission," McDonnell said in a statement. "The failure to include any reference to slavery was a mistake, and for that I apologize to any fellow Virginian who has been offended or disappointed." McDonnell also called the nation's first elected black governor, L. Douglas Wilder (D) of Virginia, and the chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, Del. Kenneth Cooper Alexander (D-Norfolk), to apologize after they said they were offended by the document. McDonnell told them that he would alter the proclamation to include slavery and acknowledge that it was the cause of the Civil War.
     "Major omission" indeed.  On the tails of the Texas Board of Education's decision to amend the textbooks used by the majority of our nation's youth and the arrest of a Christian militia group in Michigan for planning armed revolt against our government, what is going on with conservative Christians in our nation? 

     Apparently they have no interest in learning from the mistakes of the past.  Rather, they would erase historical atrocities, like slavery and state-imposed religion, so that future generations can repeat the discrimination and violence that our American ancestors fought and died to defeat.

     Here's some of the response from Elle at Shakesville "On Collective (and Selective) Memory to McDonnell's love of Confederate heritage:
    You know, I am not at all surprised by the fact that Virginia's Governor Robert McDonnell proclaimed April Confederate History Month. My (Louisiana) parish has done it before and I'm sure it's not an anomaly in the South.
    But what gets me, what always gets me, when I see people loving on the Confederacy and declaring that their flags and memorials are all about heritage, is the selective, largely one-sided memory they have. The "Old South" may have been all moonlight and magnolias in their recollections, but there were four million or so people who, I'll bet, remembered it quite differently.
    Encouraging people to remember the Confederacy includes encouraging them to remember that those states left the Union largely because of their fear that Abraham Lincoln would not just stop the expansion of slavery, but abolish it all together. Remember that these people were willing to go to war to protect their right to own and exploit other people. That dims the moonlight a little bit.
    The irony is, it is "heritage" to remember the Confederacy, but we are never supposed to talk about slavery. McDonnell urges people to "to recognize how our history has led to our present," but when we talk about how slavery has very real effects on our present, that is dismissed. It ended a century and a half ago, after all, and to talk about it is to search for grievances and dwell on the past or however that argument goes. The proclamation itself makes no mention of slavery, just vague allusions to "a time very different than ours today." McDonnell himself suggested that slavery was not important enough to merit mention in a proclamation about remembering the Confederacy.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Day in the Life of Tea-Party-Inspired Violence and Terror

     You know how Tea Party and Republican politicians, like Sarah Palin, have been using language saturated with veiled and not-so-veiled calls for violence against the U.S. government and elected officials (Democrats).  Well the past few days have been bearing fruit.  And as their Jesus said, you shall know a tree by its fruit

     In the embedded video below, Rachel Maddow reports on the fruit of the Tea Party's labor.  Here are the highlights.
     I guess the question of these good Christians is now "Who Would Jesus Terrorize?"
    

Monday, March 22, 2010

Maryland Secedes from the Anti-Gay South, Goes on the Offensive Against Discriminatory-Friendly Virginia

     Our nation's two states that are named after the Virgin are involved in a dispute over the rights of LGBT persons. 

     Maryland has thrown aside all ties to the anti-gay-in-god's-name South, especially Virginia, which last month made it legal to fire people for being gay and earlier this month called for all college campuses to put an end to LGBT-friendly organizations

     The virgin Maryland on the other hand is recognizing all marriages performed in Washington, D.C. and other states, and is using its gay-friendly reputation to woo jobs from gay-friendly defense contractor, Northrop Grumman away from the discriminatory Virgin.  (Side note: so honest gays can build the items used by the military, but cannot serve in the military.)

     In response to the possible loss of jobs and an uproar on Virginia's college campuses, Virgina Governor Robert McDonnall backtracked and decided to once again make it illegal to discriminate in his state's workforce on the basis of sexual orientation.

     Welcome to the yo-yo, surreality of life for LGBT persons, where one day, the Christian god, who informs so many of our nation's politicians, allows unrepentant gays civil rights.  The next minute, this omnipotent, perfect god tells his flock to take away gays' rights.  Then when it's financially helpful, this god tells his obedient flock to support gay rights.  How Old Testament moody of this god-being-thingy!

     Here's Rachel Maddow's report on the Maryland-Virginia gay civil war.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

I Hate the Morning After Elections: Welcome to California, Maine

     FUX News reports:

     Last night, thirty-one states passed voter-initiated ballot referenda to protect and/or reestablish the values of traditional marriage across the United States of Jesus (USJ).   As expected the margin of victory for traditional marriage was largest in the Confederate States of Limbaugh and the Great Mormon Basin, where the margin of victory was an average of 3:1.  In New Colonial England, across the Unleavened Breadbasket, and up and down the Western Marijuana Coast, the margin of victory was razor thin, less than one half of one percent in some incessantly progressive states. 

     What does this mean for our “one nation under God” and all of God’s sacredly married couples?


     Furthermore, amendments to the referenda, introduced by Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, included a further provision to deport all children of such marriages to the land of origin of the non-white parent.  President Barack Hussein Obama's resignation will be telecast today at noon on FUX News.  Shortly thereafter, Sen. Richard Shelby (R) of Alabama will escort Citizen Hussein Obama to Ronald Reagan International Airport where Hussein Obama will fly coach to Kenya, where he has been offered the Presidency of that nation.  Good-bye and good riddance to all children of racially mixed marriages.  The American people have spoken at the ballot box!

     Secondly, provisions in the successful referenda introduced by the Roman Catholic Church further preserve traditional marriage.  Effective immediately, all USJ civil marriage law is repealed.  Here forth, Roman Catholic Canon Law is our national law.  Divorce is illegal, but Church sanctioned annulments are not.  Artificial Contraception is illegal.  Per the provisions of Canon 1084.1, any person suffering impotence is no longer allowed to be married.  Only Christian marriage is to be taught in the schools (Canon 1063.1).  The Pope is now the decider for all law concerning marriage (Canon 1075).

     Finally, in the Confederate States of Limbaugh, laws forbidding marriage between first cousins were banned, in order to allow for the tradition of southern inbreeding to be practiced openly and in accordance with Biblical tradition.  Six thousand years ago, when God created only one man and one woman who walked among the dinosaurs, and when Father Adam started shooting blanks after having only two sons, Mother Eve made the ultimate sacrifice for the future of the human race and seduced her fratricidal son Cain to bear some girls.  Cain’s children bore children with Cain and one another, until finally our holy family was six billion strong.  If you don’t believe this, then move to Canada, because this is all true.  The Bible and, now, our constitution tell us so.

     Opponents of the Sacred Covenant of Marriage Laws are looking to blame somebody for their monumental loss: Catholics, people of color, atheists, themselves.  Many are blaming their fallen savior President Hussein Obama, who remained quiet throughout the referenda campaigns, citing George Bush’s “recession” and the holy oil wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as the real challenges facing America.

     Leaders of Equality for All Sinners (losers!) are looking on the bright side.  Tommy R of Little Gay Boys Deserve Marriage Too released a statement this morning:
     While we suffered monumental losses last night across the nation, we see it as a reason to hope.  Times are changing.  We only lost by a margin of 3:1in the South. One hundred and fifty years ago, we would have lost by a margin of 4:1.  And six thousand years ago, we would have lost two votes to zero. Also, we can take heart that in the South, the "everything but slavery" bills barely passed.
     Tommy R is looking down the road to 2020, when he hopes to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to lose by a 2:1 margin.  Good luck with that, gayboy!

     So, as this election year is now over, we look ahead to next year’s referenda.  Early polling shows support for three bills: the Church of Christ supported Biblically Compassionate Slavery bill; the Roman Catholic Church bill to rename the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Crusades 2.0; and, finally, the Christian Scientist backed Return to Biblical Healthcare bill.  Let’s all start praying to Jesus now that they pass.

     Until then, Andy Coulter of FUX News reporting.  God bless us, every one.