Archive for April 8, 2010

…was not about slavery. I maintain and have always maintained that those who make that argument are deceiving themselves and frankly are not reading the material of the time.

Newly Elected Virgina Governor Bob McDonald’s restoration of Confederate History Month, (good idea) coupled with his failure to include the recognition of slavery and it’s evils (incredibly stupid, ridiculous and horrible idea) was a great example of that dynamic in action.

McDonald has since corrected the idiocy by acknowledging his mistake and adding the following to his proclamation:

WHEREAS, it is important for all Virginians to understand that the institution of slavery led to this war and was an evil and inhumane practice that deprived people of their God-given inalienable rights and all Virginians are thankful for its permanent eradication from our borders, and the study of this time period should reflect upon and learn from this painful part of our history;

This has led to some excellent introspection including this quote from Alexander Stephens at the Corner.

Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.

The idea of emancipation was so radical when suggested by Irish Pat Cleburne it stopped the advancement of one of the best commanders the Confederates ever had.

To paper this stuff over is to deny reality.

I’m only just over a third of the way through Saved by Her Enemy by Don Teague & Rafraf Barrak so normally I wouldn’t comment on the book yet, but I read something that should be read by every person who lionized the enemy:

Just before we crossed the border, the soldier driving a Humvee we were following stopped to warn us, “Watch out for children lying in the road.”

“Children?” I asked. “Why Children?”

“Because they know you won’t run them over. They line up little kids, five or six years old, across the road and force you to stop. When you do, people swarm the vehicle. They smash the windows with rocks, drag people out. You don’t want that to happen.”

“So what are we supposed to do?” I asked.

“You don’t stop. No matter what.”…

Interestingly enough they only used this tactic against civilians because they assumed that military vehicles wouldn’t bother stopping.

These are the people we are fighting and still fighting. This is the same attitude that Israel faces every day. If you don’t understand this, you either haven’t been paying attention or don’t want to pay attention.

If you read Pam Geller of course you won’t have this problem.

but this paragraph concerning a certain qatari diplomat with a nicotine fit perfectly fits my thoughts:

I mean, are we really to believe that this guy took his having diplomatic immunity as free rein to crack a joke about need to light his shoe bomb? I’m curious whether under international law a diplomat can be expelled from a host country simply for being a raging c@#k.

Michelle Malkin is on the same page as Josh, that doesn’t happen often either:

If there’s any “misunderstanding,” it’s not from the air marshals who took their jobs seriously, it’s from the arrogant jerk who thinks treating national security with sarcastic shoebomb jokes when questioned by our homeland security watchdogs has any place at all on a plane in flight over American skies.

This fellow needs to be declared Persona non grata fast.

than equivocation:

King asserts that Republican leaders need to be clear on what they would do on Obama’s health law if they took control of Congress.

“I talked to some of the leaders in the Tea Party groups, who ask to make sure that we define this repeal as 100 percent repeal. They are not going to have any patience with equivocation,” the lawmaker said.

Every indication that I saw on the Brown campaign trail, the reactions at CPAC, and the comments from my interview with Liz Carter indicate that it is Obamacare that has driven the collapse of democratic prospects. It has caused tens of thousands across the country to get involved when they were indifferent before.

If the GOP decides to hem and haw over this not only will they lose these involved people they will deserve to lose them. As I said back in January about the Brown race:

…it all comes down to what the GOP does with this. We are being given the best shot they will ever get and we’d damn well better take advantage of it.

Now is not the time to go wobbly.

Update: The American Spectator has more on the subject.