Thursday, February 15, 2007

House Rules Committee - Worst Person in the World'

Congratulations to my adopted state, the commonwealth of Virginia. Right along with such past luminaries like Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly, they made the national headlines tonight as ‘worst person in the world.’

That's right. Keith Olbermann of MSNBC's "Countdown" awarded the dubious distinction to the Rules Committee of the Virginia State House for refusing to set-up a commission to help celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s 200th anniversary in 2009.

An idiotic Virginian is even quoted by the Richmond Times-Dispatch saying that honoring the 16th president would represent the worst kind of "historical myopia and amnesia at its worse." How dare folks “kowto[w] to the leader of Virginia's enemies"? he decries.

Robert Lamb, a lawyer and member of Sons of Confederate Veterans, speaking for himself, reminded the Virginia legislators that Lincoln, after all, “sent armies into Virginia [and] ‘laid waste to the land.’"
If anyone's 200th birthday should be honored, it should be that of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States of America, who was born on June 3, 1808, said Lamb, who was wearing a tie with a pattern of Confederate flags.
Unfortunately, the leaders of the House agreed with Mr. Lamb that no commission was necessary; although it had absolutely nothing to do with Lincoln fighting the South to hold the Union together and abolish slavery, of course.

House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, said he didn't favor the resolution, but not because of Lamb's comments, which he later called "just awful." The state should celebrate Lincoln's birth along with the rest of the nation, he said.

"I don't know if we need a commission" since he wasn't a native Virginian, he said of the Kentucky-born Lincoln, who launched his political career in Illinois.

House Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford, said the three-year, 15-member commission "is perhaps a bit more than we need to do."

The measure was unanimously passed by the Senate earlier this year; and the cost, according to Democratic supporters would be nominal. "House Minority Leader Franklin P. Hall, D-Richmond...reminded the GOP-controlled committee," Lincoln was a Republican, after all.

Mr. Lamb was correct. As a Virginian, I absolutely have a right to object to any commission honoring Mr. Lincoln. As a non-native Virginian, perhaps you have not yet had the opportunity to read our state constitution. The truly "idiotic" person uses the sarcasm and prejudice so evident in your post of Feb 15 to impose a viewpoint based on preconceived notions and political correctness.
Just like the Nazi flag brings to mind the sorry tale of inhumanity, sorry if I don't feel slavery is all about "political correctness."

Somehow I have the feeling you support Bush's march to freedom in Iraq, si?!?

Lincoln was the Great Emancipator who freed a whole class of people from the shackles of slavery.
Was anyone talking about slavery or nazis or Iraq? It's not all about you or the drums you choose to beat. Not entirely your fault as so many like you have been led to believe that the world absolutely agrees with your point of view and that the rest of us are somehow wrong. It is frightening that history has been re-written and regurgitated by those who never questioned its veracity. It is a disease of our times spread by thew media, among others.
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