the state

-of the civil war by jgrimsrud
Thursday, 6 November 2008, 10:22
Filed under: -of jgrimsrud, -of politik

¡it’s over!, & we virginians exorcised its ghost, according to thomas l. friedman:

And so it came to pass that on Nov. 4, 2008, shortly after 11 p.m. Eastern time, the American Civil War ended, as a black man — Barack Hussein Obama — won enough electoral votes to become president of the United States.

A civil war that, in many ways, began at Bull Run, Virginia, on July 21, 1861, ended 147 years later via a ballot box in the very same state. For nothing more symbolically illustrated the final chapter of America’s Civil War than the fact that the Commonwealth of Virginia — the state that once exalted slavery and whose secession from the Union in 1861 gave the Confederacy both strategic weight and its commanding general — voted Democratic, thus assuring that Barack Obama would become the 44th president of the United States.

now, some folks may not be so happy to hear this…

lets hope that more folks took a good listen to mccain’s concession speech, and are looking to the future.  as friedman points out, this election is the beginning of a long & difficult process.

But my gut tells me that of all the changes that will be ushered in by an Obama presidency, breaking with our racial past may turn out to be the least of them. There is just so much work to be done. The Civil War is over. Let reconstruction begin.


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Thomas Friedman??

Comment by Ted Grimsrud

Hey Virginia, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. More often than not history is written by the vanquisher not the vanquished; one would surmise that if Germany had won the Second World War Adolf Hitler would be a triumphful figure in our minds NOT the reviled despot we know him to have been. As for me I loathe slavery in all it forms, but I am a life long Virginia who looks upon the history of the Commonwealth with pride. Weather it’s the Jamestown Settlement thought the First & Second War of Independence up to today. Just remember not everyone voted for the President Elect, But I’m sure it was just the dullard racists who were just not enlightened enough to do so.

Comment by C. W. Irvine III

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