The Republican Party of Virginia seems to be addicted to the symbols of the Southern Confederacy. Whenever an elected member of the GOP opens their mouth they seem to say "Oh SOuthern Confederacy, I just can't seem to quit you."
A good example of this obsessive behavior is Ken Cuccinelli's latest attempt to update the Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia. If you are wondering what the Seal of Virginia looks like, you needn't look far if you are in Virginia: the seal is the center of the Virginia state flag of Virginia.
It's a nice flag: I like it.
Now you may notice that Virginia's seal features an image of the Roman goddess Virtus ("Virtue") with her left breast bared. This apparently upset Ken Cuccinelli, who may want to steer clear of the newly re-opened Virginia Museum of Fine Art. Anyway, Cuccinelli, who is apparently profoundly upset by the public depiction of female nudity, even on tiny reprodutions of classical art, and so he set out to redesign the official seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia into something that wouldn't upset him so much.
For some bizarre reason that defies explanation, Ken Cuccinelli chose to borrow the design for his new "personal" state seal from the center of a Confederate battle flag: the flag of the 28th Virginia regiment of infantry. Here's the 28th Virginia's flag:
And now here's Ken Cuccinelli's new and improved "personal" non-official state seal of Virginia:
Yikes! Does the current Republican Party of Virginia do anything without first asking "What would Jefferson Davis do?" This version of the state seal is not unique to the 28th Virginia's flag; it appears to be the version of the seal used by the "Confederate State of Virginia," not the Commonwealth of Virginia that belongs to the United States of America. Why would Ken Cuccinelli dredge up yet another divisive symbol of the Confederacy during Confederate History Month?
The Confederate origin of the design was first discovered and reported upon by Julian Walker of the Pilot on Politics.