Saturday, May 20, 2006

Sen. George Allen and the Confederacy

There has been some articles about Republican U.S. Senator George Allen's youthful enthusiams for the Confederate flag and enthusiams earlier in his career. The following is one article concerning this:

However, I would say that his enthusiams are no so remote in the past.

In the Centennial Anniversary edition of the Confederate Veteran, Vol. 3 1996, official publication of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), on page 3, is a full page letter of George Allen as governor congratualting the SCV on their 100th anniversary.

The letter starts with

"On behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia, it is an honor and a privilege for me to extend my warmest greetings and sincere congratulations to the Sons of Confederate Veterans on the occasion of its centennial anniversary."

However, Allen's letter isn't all pleasantries and he gets into his Neo-Confederate beliefs, stating in the 3rd paragraph:

"Your efforts are especially worthy of recognition as across our country, Americans are charting a new direction -- away from the failed approach of centralized powerin Washington, and back to the founders' design of a true federal system of shared powers and dual soveriegnty. By doing so, our country is helping to foster a rebirth of freedom for all Americans and will allow the states to chart their own course and control their own destinies as intended by the Constitution."

This is the Neo-Confederate idea of the Confederate tradition and reveals U.S. Senator George Allen to be a Neo-Confederate in his thinking. None of the other twelve governors that contributed letters, made an ideological statement, their letters being mostly sentimental blather. Even Trent Lott in his full page letter avoided Neo-Confederate ideology.


I am going to get one started again. I think it is important that Jefferson Davis remain the one and only Confederate president.
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