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Thursday, September 06, 2007

The Politically Correct Solution

I've written a handful of times about the Museum of the Confederacy and the ongoing process the leadership thereof was undertaking to find a replacement location for its fabulous collection of priceless historical memorabilia, since its downtown Richmond site became untenable.

Yesterday I made mention of the disappointing - and at first inexplicable - decision made to break up the collection and disperse its tens of thousands of individual pieces to several existing sites, rather than relocate The Museum of the Confederacy somewhere more viable.

But it didn't take long for me to realize why this is being done.

Those responsible for the museum are killing it off. Because it harbors that evil word - confederacy.

The latest:

Confederate capital may lose artifacts
By Larry O'Dell, The Washington Times

Richmond (AP) — The Museum of the Confederacy is considering a plan to send its artifacts to other facilities as a result of poor attendance.

Museum officials said yesterday that the bulk of the world's largest collection of Civil War artifacts would go to three facilities outside the city, the former Confederate capital.

[Museum President and Chief Executive Officer S. Waite Rawls III] said the plan would establish a museum "system" that would better accomplish the mission of educating the public about the war through exhibits and research. (link)

That of course is bullshit. And Rawls knows it.

What this guy probably comprehends but is willing to ignore - to sacrifice - is the fact that the Museum of the Confederacy is an historical artifact in itself.

From the museum's soon-to-be-extinguished-forever website:

The Museum traces its roots to one of the many Confederate ladies memorial associations formed immediately after the war. The Ladies Hollywood Memorial Association (LHMA) was founded at Richmond’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on May 3, 1866. The duties of the group in included caring for and honoring the graves in Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery. The women were involved in other projects, which honored the Confederate dead such as raising money to build one of the south’s first Confederate monuments. The Museum was born when the Society elected one of Richmond’s wealthiest and most active women, Isobel (Belle) Stewart Bryan, as its president in 1890.

Along with the customary officers, the Museum had a separate hierarchy of regents and vice-regents who oversaw the building and maintenance of the Museum collections. Although the Museum was a local institution, its founders conceived of it as belonging to the whole South. The Museum was separated into rooms dedicated to the collections amassed by each of the eleven undisputed Confederate states, and by Missouri and Kentucky ... (
The building location was never as important as the story being told within its walls. Now that story - because it has become politically incorrect - is going to be snuffed. The work of our ancestors is now on the wrong side of history. So that history is to be erased. Sanitized at minimum. Free of criticism.

I wonder if there were any historians involved in this decision.

The most elaborate, complex, the most detailed, the most meaningful collection of southern Civil War memorabilia in the world is being broken up for one reason. One word.


There has been an ongoing movement in this country, lasting for decades, to eliminate all vestiges of the Confederate Battle Flag. To relegate it to the closet. The trash heap of history. Perhaps rightly so.

But to destroy history in an attempt to retell it, to reshape it, to try to avoid telling it at all, is disgraceful. And shocking.

As an historian, I am appalled that those responsible for the maintenance of this priceless collection - The Museum of the Confederacy - have decided - cynically, cowardly, politically - to kill it.

All those who were involved in this decision - historians?! - should hang their heads in shame.

We Don't Want To Know

"Please don't let Petraeus deliver his report."

"Please ..."

Democrats already dismissing Iraq war report
By S.A. Miller, The Washington Times

Congressional Democrats are trying to undermine U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus' credibility before he delivers a report on the Iraq war next week, saying the general is a mouthpiece for President Bush and his findings can't be trusted.

"The Bush report?" Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin said when asked about the upcoming report from Gen. Petraeus, U.S. commander in Iraq.

"We know what is going to be in it. It's clear. I think the president's trip over to Iraq makes it very obvious," the Illinois Democrat said. "I expect the Bush report to say, 'The surge is working. Let's have more of the same.' " (link)
We are losing ...We are losing ...We are losing ...We are losing ...We are losing ...We are losing ...We are losing ...We are losing ...We are losing ...We are losing ...We are losing ...We are losing ...We are losing ...We are losing ...We are losing ...We are losing ...

Our Voices Are Being Heard

A recalcitrant - or worse, indifferent - government.
A detached court system.
A noisy - and entrenched - activist minority.
The political and media elite.

Against an aroused electorate.

They didn't stand a chance:

Herndon day-laborer center to close when contract ends
By Natasha Altamirano, The Washington Times

Herndon Mayor Stephen J. DeBenedittis yesterday announced that the town will allow a taxpayer-funded day-laborer site to close Sept. 14 when its contract with the site's current operator expires.

The announcement came after the town council decided not to appeal a recent Circuit Court ruling that declared the town's anti-solicitation ordinance unconstitutional, Mr. DeBenedittis said.

"The viewpoint of the majority of this council is that a regulated site was necessary only as a means of enforcing the town's anti-solicitation ordinance," he said at a press conference yesterday afternoon. "As there is no longer an enforceable ordinance, there is no longer a reason for the town of Herndon to support a regulated day-worker site." (link)
This won't be the last of it. Herndon officials will be feeling the heat now.

But they did right. They did good. They did the work the people asked them to do.

We rock.

I Think They're Getting The Message

Encouraging talk coming from the federal government:
Chertoff warns meddling 'sanctuary cities'
By Audrey Hudson, The Washington Times

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff yesterday told a House panel that his agency will not tolerate interference by so-called "sanctuary cities" when it comes to hiring illegal aliens.

"We're exploring our legal options," Mr. Chertoff said. "I intend to take as vigorous legal action as the law allows to prevent that from happening, prevent that kind of interference." (link)
Most of these cities are on life support (think: federal redistribution of tax dollars). The government threatening to withhold funding should get their attention.

We make progress.

Oops. Never Mind.

Well, it was WMD. Then it wasn't.

This does not build confidence ...

Substance Found at U.N. Office Was Not So Dangerous, After All
By Cara Buckley, The New York Times

When officials said that a potentially deadly chemical from Iraq had been found last month in a Midtown United Nations office, many questions followed. How did the sample get here? How did it get misplaced? And how could it sit in a box, unnoticed, for more than a decade at a world agency in the middle of New York?

But now, heaping embarrassment upon embarrassment, it appears that the chemical was merely a commercial solvent, a law enforcement official said.

Initially, officials said the substance was phosgene ... (link)

I fear for my country.

They're Coming Around

Soon they'll be apologizing for demanding defeat:

Democrats Newly Willing to Compromise on Iraq
By Carl Hulse, The New York Times

Washington, Sept. 5 — With a mixed picture emerging about progress in Iraq, Senate Democratic leaders are showing a new openness to compromise as they try to attract Republican support for forcing at least modest troop withdrawals in the coming months.

After short-circuiting consideration of votes on some bipartisan proposals on Iraq before the August break, senior Democrats now say they are willing to rethink their push to establish a withdrawal deadline of next spring if doing so will attract the 60 Senate votes needed to prevail. (link)

Well, I wouldn't describe them as being on our side yet but they're slowly coming around.

It's amazing what a war being won - despite their best efforts - and an 18% approval rating will do.

On Candidates & Their Experience

On this Barack Obama is right:
For Obama, It's Now or Never
ABC News

Obama also sought to answer charges from his Democratic rivals that he is too inexperienced to be president, by pointing to his experience in the Illinois state legislature.

"I've been in elected office longer than John Edwards or Hillary Clinton," said Obama. "I've passed more bills I'm sure than either of them --certainly in the state legislative level."

Obama served eight years in the Illinois state Senate before his 2004 election to the United States Senate. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., is in her second term as a United States senator, following eight years she spent in the White House married to former President Bill Clinton.

When Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., left the Senate following his 2004 vice presidential run, he had only served one six-year term. (link)
You hear a lot of talk about Hillary's "experience." It extends to one full term in the United States Senate. Prior to that, her "experience" amounted to holding the clothing of Bill's girlfriends as they came and went. That's it.

Obama 1, Hillary 0.