I'm no fan of McD, but this photo is just a misrepresentation. The booth at that show was selling Confederate t-shirts, and other novelty items and the banner in the background was not related to the vendor in the foreground.The fact is that both Deeds amd McD have shunned the Confederate heritage shared by most Virginians. This trend of Confederate bashing is counterproductive for Virginia, especially at a time when we are searching for every possible economic opportunity.Virginians sit atop a gold mine of Confederate era tourism. Rather than suppressing our Confederate heritage and history, Virginians could rake in a Billion dollars annually by promoting Confederate era tourism. Some who worship at the altar of political correctness try to bury anything related to Virginia’s Confederate past, especially in Richmond, the former capital of the Confederacy, saying that talk of the Confederate era might offend African Americans. This foolish and short-sighted approach would be like the citizens of Plymouth, Massachusetts, refusing to make money from Pilgrim-era tourism, because the Pilgrims may have exploited some of the Indians.What better justice would there be, than for the Virginia citizens of today, the offspring of the survivors of that horrific War, to make good livings, in whole or part, through a well orchestrated Confederate era tourism program?We are in the Twenty-first Century and through no fault or credit to anyone living today, we live in a State with a rich historic legacy. People from all over the world study the War for Southern Independence, and are eager to tour the sites associated with that major facet of our Virginia and National history. We should fully develop this resource and make sure that Virginians of today may profit to the fullest extent by promoting Confederate era tourism.
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