Photos, Secession, and Santa

Well everyone, Christmas is nearly upon us.  In celebration of the holiday (or simply due to the fact that I finally got around to it), I’ve uploaded a bunch of new pictures.  They include items from the Ron Paul Campaign (2007-2008), the Hamilton Campaign (2009), and Monday’s trip to Richmond.  But where can you find this expanding library of images?  Why on The Virginia Conservative Facebook page!

Speaking of Richmond, they have a new display at the General Assembly building called “The Struggle to Decide” commemorating the 150th anniversary of the secession crisis which ultimately resulted in Virginia’s withdrawal from the Union.  The Library of Virginia has a related exhibit.

As much has been forgotten or neglected, I believe we should take a moment to reflect upon the past.  Although you may be unaware, after seven states had already seceded, Virginia originally rejected secession by a convincing margin on April 4th of 1861.  Once Confederate forces captured Fort Sumter, President Lincoln called for troops to crush the rebellion in the deep Southern states on April 15th but Virginia’s Governor refused to take up arms against them.  Two days later, the Virginia convention voted again, this time to secede and adopted the Ordinance of Secession, declaring Virginia to be a “free and independent state”.  On May 23, voters gave their stamp of approval to secession and the rest, as they say, is history.

Virginia Ordinance of Secession

I expect that I’ll write more about this issue once I’ve had a chance to explore both exhibitions.  You should check it out for yourself.  It runs from now until October 29, 2011.

Lastly, as many of you are new to this site, I want to direct your attention to a post that I wrote two years ago on the timely subject of Christmas and Santa.  Unfortunately, although most households will recite the whole Santa story as if it were enshrined as a scriptural canon, I highly recommend a differing approach based upon the truth.  And so, even if I have to stand alone, I will continue “My War Against Santa“.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a very merry Christmas.

One Reply to “Photos, Secession, and Santa”

  1. You and I have conversed at some length on our various feelings regarding secession, but I find the documents fascinating, and I only hope I’ll be able to find the time to go see them.

    On the subject of Santa Claus, I to find the commercialization of a Christian icon to be rather disconcerting, but I think it better to focus on the underlying story, that of the intercessions and patronage of Saint Nicholas of Myra, an ethnic Greek from Anatolia, whose fourth century ministry was one of kindness and charity, particularly to orphaned and endangered children. Set against the fall of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the Dark Ages, his ministry takes on a particularly poignant dimension, which is also well to keep in mind.

    –M

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