Tragically, we all recall the gut-wrenching day in our history when rogue enemies of the United States attacked the sacred soil of this nation. In planned action, American citizens were killed on their very homeland by trained operatives who had one goal in mind, to bring down the government of the United States, a terrorist aim to break the fabric of our way of life.
...I am speaking, of course, of...
Oh, wait, sorry, did you think I meant 9/11? No, no, my apologies. I was referring to the rebel forces of the Confederacy.
The Confederacy was an enemy of the United States of America.
It attacked the United States. Made the first strike. Killed American citizens.
Its actions against the United States were carefully planned; its combatants carefully trained.
The Confederacy fought for the right to keep human beings in slavery.
The Confederacy was not a recognized nation by other countries of the world. It was a well-armed, rogue organization.
None of this in inaccurate. Nor in dispute.
And this is what Virginia wants to commemorate with a Confederate History Month. This is what South Carolina honored when it flew the Confederate flag. This is what Georgia, Texas and Mississippi celebrate with their Confederate History Month. This is what its defenders keep trying to justify.
Confederate soldiers died trying to protect the Confederacy.
Union soldiers died trying to protect the United States of America.
If you want to recognize the past, recognize it, but for what it is. Not for what you wish it was. Only this past Sunday, Governor Haley Barbour (R-MS) called the omission of mentioning slavery in Confederacy History Month "something that doesn't matter for diddly."
It matters. Enslaving human beings matters. Treason matters.
It matters so that people understand and learn never to do it again.