By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog
You've got to love those folks down in "real Virginia," so named by former Republican Sen. George Allen, who actually lived in the "unreal" northern part of the state.
Republican Gov. Robert McDonnell, he, too, a denizen of the north but with the soul of a southern or "real" Virginian, declared April Confederate History Month. As the Washington Post reports:
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. McDonnell (R) revived a practice started by Republican governor George Allen in 1997. McDonnell left out anti-slavery language that Allen's successor, James S. Gilmore III (R), had included in his proclamation.
Although McDonnell claims the declaration will boost tourism to the state, it's an affront to African-Americans and progressives who don't particularly want to honor or remember the Confederate soldiers who fought in what many southerners still call the War of Northern Aggression.
McDonnell made loosening almost all of Virginia's already-loose gun control laws one of his first missions after taking office this year. He removed the limit of one handgun purchase per month. Don't we all need at least three or four, per month that is?
Now he's offending African-Americans. What a guy! He's well on his way to national prominence in today's GOP.
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