While most of the nation watched last night as voters in Indiana dealt a death blow to one presidential candidate’s campaign while keeping alive the fantasies of another, a few people focused on a city council election held in Danville, Virginia, best known as the last capital of the Confederacy. Running for reelection were three council members who had supported the removal of a Confederate outside the Sutherlin Mansion, otherwise known as the last Confederate White House, where Jefferson Davis learned of the surrender of Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant.
The Virginia Flaggers were out in force on this one:
Well, the results are in, and the Flaggers are not happy. So much for #novotesforturncoats. Exactly why these three people are “turncoats” is another matter altogether, but never let reality get in the way of a snappy turn of praise … like “Restore the honor.”
Apparently the Flaggers believe that internet memes and hashtags are enough to secure a big win. I’m waiting for the assertion that the candidates are outsiders who aren’t welcome in Susan Hathaway’s Virginia.
Of course, Karen Cooper comes from New York, so she’s an outsider, too, right? And what about Billy Bearden?
I guess some outsiders are okay.
Maybe it’s time for the Flaggers to set aside their flag-raising campaign and build a really big wall around the Old Dominion.
No word yet on whether the Flaggers will resort to urging violence against the victorious candidates, for we now know that they have no problem with snipers picking off opponents. Then again, one recalls how one Confederate heritage advocate thought it would be a good idea to slaughter schoolchildren to make a point.
No wonder Virginia Flagger leader Susan Hathaway celebrates white supremacist terrorist heroes Nathan Bedford Forrest and Wade Hampton. It’s all part of “restoring the honor.”