Thursday, April 8th, 2010
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Maybe West Virginia And Virginia Should Switch Places

MMPH"Virginia has been making big leaps lately in the category of general craziness. We all remember the Legislature's heroic work in passing a bill to protect Virginia citizens from having microchips planted in their bodies against their will. And that the sponsor said he was concerned the chips could be a 'mark of the beast' that would be used by the Antichrist at the end of days."
-Gail Collins today, on how Governor Bob McDonnell's institution of April as Confederate History Month is embarrassing his state. Considering this in light of the sad essay Denise Giardina wrote yesterday about the recent mining disaster in West Virginia, maybe the two states should switch? Let West Virginia be known for lovers, and presidents and excellent public education. And Virginia can be "either ignored by the rest of the nation or the butt of jokes about ignorant hillbillies."

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sunnyciegos (#551)

I will never forget the first time I learned about Lee-Jackson-King day. I was a Midwesterner at UVA for my first year of college. All the Virginians seemed nonplussed. I. just. couldn't. believe. it.

Later, I learned to believe it.

Crantastical (#4,127)

YES! I'm from Cape Cod, went to Mary Washington and was equally horrified. It was celebrated on the same day as MLK day for extra shock value: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee-Jackson-King_Day

sbma44 (#2,565)

It being on the same day is the whole point, of course — it was formed as a reaction to MLK day.

Speaking as a Virginian with the last name Lee, I should note that most of us are just as horrified as you all are at the recent actions of our governor and a very few fellow citizens. Northern Virginia is a perfectly sophisticated and affluent area, and it's a shame that we've got downstate yokels to make us look bad.

But I will sound a boring note of resentment, too: painting VA with a broad brush in this way is dumb. Yes, it's our governor. But this was just one one of a million mostly-meaningless proclamations pandering to a narrow slice of his political base (I wouldn't say they're the hardcore racists you're probably imagining as much as reactionary anti-anti-racists, like much of the modern conservative movement). McDonnell just thought he could sneak it through without getting called on it. Well, fuck that guy. But don't pretend this means much about the state*.

* Other than the fact that that carpetbagging motherfucker Terry McAuliffe thought he could help himself to the governorship after the sun set on his DLC bullshit, and the alternative — Creigh Deeds — ran an inept campaign. But look, we'll round up a competent candidate for the next cycle, and we'll be a blue state soon enough.

cherrispryte (#444)

I lived in Arlington for 2 years, and am just hearing of this now. Which is a good thing, as I probably would have run screaming over the Roosevelt Bridge had I known about this when I was an inhabitant of that state.

Also, I have to concede that NoVa is perfectly lovely, if a bit of a suburban nightmare. The rest of the state needs to step it up. I'm looking at you, Lynchburg.

mike d (#61)

To push back a little on what Mistah Lee said above, the "People's Republic of Northern Virginia" doesn't extend past Falls Church, much less out to Centreville. Even us Northern Virginians voted for McDonnell – he carried Fairfax in the election, and Fairfax is pretty much the linchpin these days. Maybe he'll support Brian Moran the next time around.

And Lynchburg's 'burbs voted in Tom Perriello, so they step up.

Crantastical (#4,127)

Northern VA is to the rest of VA as NYC is to the rest of NY.

Dan Kois (#646)

But I don't want to be a miner!

kneetoe (#1,881)

Once you've removed one mountain top, there's no going back.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

y'all shutup so i can spray this here hydroseed on this here shitpile, y'hear?

Sweetie (#519)

Yes! So we get the Bay access now?

spanish bombs (#562)

Let's not forget that WV exists primarily because they didn't want to join VA on the South's side in the Civil War!

forrealz (#1,530)

Oh please! That Denise article is so whiny. The miners deserve sympathy of course but the ass-backwards state of WV does NOT. People that choose to stay in west virginia are the most resistant to change that you will find anywhere… generations of stagnation… there are other ways for the state to make money besides coal, but the citizenry won't pursue them or vote for folks who will bring in new industries. Also! WVU isn't that popular with the WVians I grew up with. I don't know about all this state-wide crying…

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