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Discussing Confederate History Month in Virginia

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This month Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell proclaimed April as Confederate History Month and the controversy has ensued. Most derided his omission of mentioning slavery as a major cause for the Civil War, and amongst further outcries he decided to include the mention of slavery as a part of the Confederacy. Despite the absurdity of omitting slavery from the Confederacy, and the emotional scars that the Confederacy invokes for many Americans, I think this controversy is much deeper than the inclusion or omission of slavery. The Confederacy tried to destroy many of the principles that have made America what it is today, and additionally the President of the Confederacy was convicted of treason. Should elected American officials be able to demand the celebration of a treasonous organization that tried to destroy many of the principles of modern day America? That is what we will discuss today.

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