It’s our his­tory

Rappahannock News - - COMMENT - SHAR­RON PROPER Wash­ing­ton

Fel­low Vir­gini­ans: Let’s get down to what the real prob­lem is, the big­ger pic­ture, in our Vir­ginia and through­out our na­tion: It’s ISIS.

That spirit that drives ISIS to de­stroy, to kill, has de­stroyed and taken down many beau­ti­ful arts and mon­u­ments, some thou­sands of years old, over­seas. And now, Fel­low Vir­gini­ans, ISIS is here lead­ing the charge to take down and de­stroy all that has made our na­tion great. Its his­tory, its valor, the strength that has made this na­tion Great, One Na­tion Un­der God, In God We Trust. The very fab­ric of who we are, what makes Amer­ica Amer­ica.

Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton led his armies to victory. “Don’t Tread on Me,” Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War flag. Thomas Jef­fer­son, a man of the En­light­en­ment, the prin­ci­pal au­thor of the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence. Abra­ham Lin­coln . . . a new na­tion con­ceived in Lib­erty, and ded­i­cated to the propo­si­tion that all men are cre­ated equal. As we all know, there are big mon­u­ments to them in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

The Civil War in­flicted more ca­su­al­ties on Amer­i­can sol­diers than any other. We have mon­u­ments and memo­ri­als all across this na­tion to honor and re­spect those who have given their all. Mount Rush­more, Stone Moun­tain, to name a few. Peo­ple come from all over the world to see our memo­ri­als that honor our dead sol­diers and great men of valor. It’s our his­tory!

More re­cent, Viet­nam Veter­ans Memo­rial (“The Wall”). Martin Luther King Jr. Memo­rial. “Oh!” you say. “They will not take down these!” Well, what’s bad for the goose is bad for the gan­der. ISIS is ram­pant. It does not care. It all goes.

ISIS is here un­der dif­fer­ent names, work­ing through all who will join them in the quest to de­stroy Vir­ginia and our Amer­ica. Even our high­est of­fices.

The Wash­ing­ton Post: Vir­ginia Pol­i­tics — “VA Gover­nor Ve­toes Bill Re­gard­ing Re­moval of Con­fed­er­ate and Other War Memo­ri­als,” by Jenna Port­noy, March 10, 2016. Rich­mond — Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Thurs­day ve­toed a bill that would have pro­hib­ited cities and coun­ties from re­mov­ing war memo­ri­als, in­clud­ing Civil War mon­u­ments that re­call the South’s his­tory of slav­ery. Sup­port­ers of the bill say it would have pro­tected the state’s his­tor­i­cal record and legacy, warts and all . . .

“These dis­cus­sions are of­ten dif­fi­cult and com­pli­cated,” McAuliffe said in a state­ment. “They are unique to each com­mu­nity’s spe­cific his­tory and the spe­cific mon­u­ment or memo­rial be­ing dis­cussed. This bill ef­fec­tively ends these im­por­tant con­ver­sa­tions.”

Prom­ises one thing, does an­other. So here we are, One Na­tion Un­der God with Lib­erty and Jus­tice for All. Let’s strive for this. “For we wres­tle not against flesh and blood, but against prin­ci­pal­i­ties, against pow­ers, against spir­i­tual wicked­ness in high places.” (Eph­e­sians 6:12).

This bat­tle is not black or white; this is not male or fe­male.

Our sol­diers have given their all. “Give me Lib­erty or give me death.” They have made this na­tion great. There has never been an­other na­tion like it in his­tory. “One Na­tion Un­der God.”

Let’s have some re­spect and honor for our hal­lowed dead.

Call your Gover­nor McAuliffe to­day at (804)-786-2211. Tell him we are Vir­gini­ans and we will re­spect our dead and men of valor who bled and died for us all.

In re­spect for Martin Luther King Jr., let’s do this in peace and prayer, and then vote them out.

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