One of the more curious things about Virginia’s Confederate History Month

As a Southerner, myself, I can understand the fascination with the Confederacy more than those people who hail from the North, I suppose. But I find it interesting that people in the South like to consistently bring up the fact that they are losers. My favorite scene in “A Fish Called Wanda” is when John Cleese is prodding Kevin Kline while waste deep in a barrel of oil. Kline says that the U.S. has never lost a war and Cleese brings up Vietnam. Kline claims it was a tie.

The fact is that Americans don’t like losers and tend to downplay our own losing. I think one of the reasons soccer will never truly take off is that the national team doesn’t win and they won’t win until soccer takes off. It’s a catch-22 that does not bode well for the beautiful game in the USA.

To show how little we like losing, note that the only president in living memory that I can think of that won the national election after having previously lost it is Richard Nixon (others had lost primaries only to come back and win the whole thing, but that’s a bit different). In Nixon’s case, where he lost to JFK in 1960 and then won in 1968, is a special case since LBJ decided not to run, RFK was killed, and George Wallace ran as a third party candidate which skewed the final results. Otherwise, losers don’t fare well in the proudest country in the world.

So why the obsession with the losers of the Civil War? Especially when it’s really difficult to justify the causes of the losing team? I guess it can be explained in a number of ways, pride being one of them. It’s easier to cast off a single loser as a scape goat, but if you are intrinsically linked to the losers by heritage and blood, then you might tend to make excuses and revise history to make your ancestors look more favorable.

So what does this say about Sarah Palin? I remain unworried that she will be the next president and I wonder if she can even win the Republican nomination. She is, after all, an easily scapegoated loser. And she’s also a quitter, which may even be worse. One of the other reasons Americans don’t like soccer is that quitters are too often rewarded. If you don’t think you can score in this situation, then you quit and fall down hoping to get a free kick out of it. Sarah Palin’s kind of like Christiano Rinaldo–flashy and talented, but a quitter. The big difference between the two is that Rinaldo is also a winner despite his tendency to quit on individual plays. Palin’s won nothing of substance and I remain skeptical that she ever will.


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One Response to “One of the more curious things about Virginia’s Confederate History Month”

  1. advertisingandmedia Says:

    A national study conducted by explored opinions of 600 Americans regarding Virginia’s reinstatement of Confederate History Month. Results found that Among political parties, the majority of Republicans (62%) indicated that confederate history should be honored, while the same proportion of Democrats (62%) reported that confederate history should not be honored. In addition, nearly half of the respondents (48%) reported that celebrating Confederate History Month promotes racist ideals.
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