When is Heritage an Excuse?

By Mark

I’ve been home today thanks to the Government shutdown.

A day of mandatory time off has given me the opportunity to get a few things done around the house, but has also given me time to think; and that is always dangerous.

WARNING-this is a non-partisan semi-political rant with a few pictures.

If you want to stop reading at least here is a picture of a hunting pack of basset hounds

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A couple of weeks ago, Warrenton held its Heritage Days parade on Main Street.  Starting with colonial days and Lord Fauquier they showcased our little town’s history all the way through women’s suffrage to today’s proud young JROTC volunteers.

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I was struck however by how much this town, this region, and all through the South still cling to memories of the Confederacy.  We have been going to a lot of Civil War Sesquicentennial events and they are impressive to watch.

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I’ve read and studied a lot of history and it was a really brutal time.  I’ve always approached it though, from the point of view that the ideals the North fought for were in fact the right ones.  The individual soldiers fighting for the South were no better or worse human beings than their Northern counterparts.  There is no question that they endured hardships and fought bravely.

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What they were in favor of however was absolutely a horrible concept.  I think it is time we stopped buying into the balderdash that the fight was about State’s Rights.  At its core the war was the question of whether or not human beings could be legally treated as property.  There is a lot of waving around of the Constitution these days by people who want to pick out only the words they want to hear.  The Civil War should be over and the Union forming the United States won.  We don’t see too many flags  from the defeated WWII countries being waved about and called Heritage.  It is time to put away the rebel flags for good and remember which side won.  We are supposed to be One Nation, Indivisible--It is high time we acted like it.

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