Ed Gillespie, R for Governor of Virginia, on Confederate monuments

I plan on voting for Ed Gillipsie. However, like many other Conservatives I will do so without much enthusiasm. James Atticus Bowden’s post provides an example of why.

Here is Gillipsie’s statement on the Confederate monuments issue: https://therepublicanstandard.com/gillespie-holds-line-confederate-monuments-democrats-cash-crisis/

Here is how his statement begins.

My opponent now says that he believes decisions about historical statues are best made at the local level, but that they should be removed. I believe that decisions about historical statues are best made at the local level, but they should stay and be placed in historical context.

What Gillipsie says sounds reasonable, but give it a little thought. It is a joke.

The historical context thing is a big problem. What it amounts to is allowing the elites to tell the rest of us what to think. Who needs that? There is no end to such nonsense.

Consider. Everyone has their own opinion as to what caused the American Civil War. Why? Individual soldiers had their own motivations, not necessarily just one. So who is qualified to judge the matter? Politicians? Do we need the National Park Service to tell us what caused the Civil War? Well, thanks to Congress that’s what they think there job is, and that is what Congress wants them to do.

=> https://www.nps.gov/crmjournal/Summer2007/view1.html

Do you trust politicians to decide what we and our families should believe? Isn’t advertising is bad enough? How would you like a world filled with “historical context”, “educational context”, “politicial context”, “religious context”, and so forth instead? Aren’t we already headed that way?

The National Park Service and the other folks who maintain the lands and the monuments we want to preserve have a difficult job. It is often a pain in the neck just to keep something in its natural state or in the state it was created. When we add a requirement for indoctrination in “correct” beliefs, that is about as useful as sticking half a dozen frightened skunks in a lecture hall. It does not solve anything; it just adds a ghastly stink.

Instead of trying to please everyone, why can’t Gillipsie just stand for traditional American values? Unfortunately, when he tries to please everyone, he doesn’t. Fortunately for Gillipsie his opponent actually opposes traditional American values. Therefore, there is a good chance Gillipsie will win, but it won’t be a win for Virginia. It just won’t be as great a loss. So I will go to the polls and vote for him. He is not perfect, but he is much better than the other guy.

Deo Vindice

Coulda gone better

A real Virginia leader could just say, “Leave the monuments and names alone. Have a nice day.”

Many Republicans will drool over the Ed Gillipsie’s non-defense of Confederate monuments and names, etc.

His weak position is a step away from his opponent. So, Virginians who don’t want more  Totalitarian cultural cleansing have no champion in this race. If they stay home, Ed loses. Again.

Ed Gillespie describes his Democrat opponent position as, “My opponent now says that he believes decisions about historical statues are best made at the local level, but that they should be removed.”

Ed says, “I believe that decisions about historical statues are best made at the local level, but they should stay and be placed in historical context”

They both agree that decisions should be made at the local level despite the Code of Virginia saying localities can’t do that. They disagree on…

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18 thoughts on “Ed Gillespie, R for Governor of Virginia, on Confederate monuments

  1. Read this just this AM and thought it belonged on a thread about Confederate monuments, somewhere.
    An excerpt from Robert E. Lee’s reply letter to Lord Acton, Dec. 15, 1866

    (Robert E.) Lee replied: “I yet believe that the maintenance of the rights and authority reserved to the states and to the people, not only essential to the adjustment and balance of the general system, but the safeguard to the continuance of a free government. I consider it as the chief source of stability to our political system, whereas the consolidation of the states into one vast republic, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of that ruin which has overwhelmed all those that have preceded it.”


    I maintain that Robert E Lee was a Great Man.

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  2. ,Anon, I have been asked numerous times to run for office years back.

    Frankly, i could never afford the luxury because I had to support a family.

    I wrote an post awhile back about what I believed the reason was our nation founders may have had in mind when they put an age limit on a president qualification.

    Frankly, I think now, after retirement, that the USA should put an age restrictions on all government elected officials. and allow them to hire qualified people to run the government.

    Some day i may write a post series to give more details and reasons why which may answer your original question..

    If interested,


    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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    1. Thanks for the response, Scatterwisdom. I look forward to reading it if and when you do. 🙂

      I’m not sure if you’ve ever worked in a leadership position with a large bureaucratic government agency? It’s frustrating in the extreme and very very difficult to get things done. The people at the top don’t really get the “slow pitches”. The easy problems are usually solved before they get all the way to the top. Most folks in politics don’t start out corrupt but in order to make any positive changes they are forced to compromise.

      And in order to stay in office with popular support, politicians make decisions based on the short term (their immediate support chain….their voting base). For example, Congressmen pushed to export the F22. Because resources are scarce and their districts had a vested interest in the JSF, they closed the F22 line and built the JSF instead because it is an exportable plane. A base might not have enough fuel for jets to fly which is the actual mission of the base, but they will have three times that amount invested in a construction contract to build a new gym then don’t need, or a fancy hight tech new gate at the entryway, because that keeps the construction workers in the district happy. Jets will be moved from the perfect location with close ranges and ideal weather conditions, but a location where the salt corrodes the jets quickly and they have to fly three times as far to get to a range at ginormous expense….because people in the area want the jets there and the local politicians are more powerful, so they have more sway.
      (think that’s long enough….now consider examples like the above are legion and ubiquitous throughout all government,not just the military. Point is every time one thinks, “why in the world did they make that decision?” it likely isn’t just that they are stupid and don’t see the finer points, it’s that we only have partial information and getting things done in Washington is very very difficult)

      The above is a tiny window. During this process, the leader is a political figure under extreme pressure and stress. Travel is constant (another aspect people usually don’t think about…these schedules are jam packed, like nothing the average person has ever seen). He and his family are subjected to constant scrutiny. If he were not a political leader but a person with the same level of responsibility in the private industry, the pay would be exorbitantly more (assuming he is honest and doesn’t use his connections to rake it in like the Clinton family) and he and his family would have much more privacy.

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      1. The type of problems you describe provide a practical reason for keeping the government small.
        1. We know the government makes decisions based upon politics, that is, who knows who.
        2. The fewer the decisions that government has to make the easier it is for us — the citizenry — to get a good decision out of our politicians. The less our leaders are doing the easier it is for us to keep track of their shenanigans and to get a majority behind the right decision.

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        1. “The type of problems you describe provide a practical reason for keeping the government small.”

          Of course. But Washington has a big wallet, and that provides an incentive for raiding the trough. I don’t remember where I got this. I’m sure it was a comment on a blog somewhere, but at the time I thought it such a pertinent example I copied and pasted it to a document so I could read it again. It so perfectly epitomizes the anatomy of a bureaucracy:

          “I cannot find the story now, but a few years back there was a few articles about an online company (I think it was AOL, but cannot turn up the story) where the expense account reimbursement was a nightmare. To the extent that one of the authors writing one of the columns told that when he worked there, he once shredded receipts for reimbursement that totaled almost a thousand dollars because trying to submit them for reimbursement was so onerous. Why was it like this? The company had lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in an embezzlement scandal, so new rules were passed to prevent a recurrence.
          A personal account is from work: we had two construction contractors working on different projects on one of our sites (US government). One was a company that had been founded within the past few years, while the other was a major company that anybody here who follows the construction industry has heard of. The new company was willing to perform contract mods on a handshake to get the project done on time, while the old, established company demanded the signed contract modifications in hand prior to doing anything, which always takes a couple of weeks to months and blows up the project timeline.
          I’ll bet the older company had gotten burned by dishonest government contracting officers in the past, who promised to provide a modification later for work now, and left the company holding the bag. That resulted in a company-wide rule that “No Work Without a Signed Contract Mod Ever, or the Project Manager is Fired.” Which is not a bad rule–dishonest government employees aren’t as common as many like to say, but as the Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure proves, they exist. The new company hadn’t gotten screwed yet, so they were more willing to take wildcat chances on, “Trust me, I work for the government,” and get the job done.
          The US Government, in total, has had 228 years to have embezzlement and scandals, and many of those events resulted in rules to prevent it, even at extreme cost to efficiency. I’m actually off the clock at work now, but I spent all day in a board to select a contractor. It was three engineers, working for about 6 hours per proposal, writing reports detailing fiddly little details of the proposal. The rules for doing this just drip with “Don’t you dare use good judgement–if the contractor wrote the best proposal in the world, but forgot one stupid piece of paper that we said to put in it, even if it would only take them 10 minutes to send it to us, their proposal gets thrown out. Be a good little stupid bureaucrat.” Eventually, a private company will go out of business, but the Government won’t declare bankruptcy. So there’s less limit on governments getting bloated with stuff like this.”

          What we would need to get this under control is the equivalent of what Emperor Justinian did with the Juris Corpus Civilis. The code of laws were so overwhelmingly large and conflicting he did away with them and revised the whole thing. But I don’t see any way this could happen today, with the system as it is.

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          1. I can see why you kept that comment.

            One of the best ideas I have heard is the notion we should sunset laws and regulations. Congress would, of course, gradually create a way around such an idea. The Constitution did not stop them, after all, but if Congressmen were forced to vote on keeping a law, or if the current administration had to reapprove a regulation, that would put them on record. It would also keep them busy instead of having time to dream up new mischief.


      2. Thanks for your comment. I concur there is a difference in the workings of business and politics. While politics is important to be successful in business, it pales in comparison to the checks and balances imposed by our Constitution for government leaders to succeed.

        I have some inkling of what a government worker has to contend with from my son in law who retired from government and now is employed in business.

        Frankly, it was one of the reasons I voted for Trump.

        I know our nation founders believed in checks and balances were needed for balance in a Democracy.

        Your comment explains how out of balance Democracy can become when long range planning is absent in government planning in the USA.
        In a previous post, I compared Germany long range trade planning to the USA and commented that German leaders are wiser than USA leaders. If interested, read it here.


        I believe President Trump decided to run for President to balance the differences between wise or foolish government leadership.

        I also believe he is experiencing the same frustrations both you and my son in law experience(ed)

        Thanks again for your comment. It will be helpful in the series I plan to write.

        My brother used to say, “We are the Masters of Our Own Disasters.”

        Regards and goodwill blogging.

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        1. I agree with you on Trump.
          I think he has had a very hard time at every turn.
          He is a business man, not a politician.
          One thing I find interesting, and maybe folks here have thought about it, maybe not…it’s just coming from my perspective (and my spouse’s): His twitter feeds are a good way to directly send a message out to the masses without the PR screen.
          I know it bothers a lot of people, but I’m not sure how many folks realize what the PR team does to a message. At least, love it or hate it, the message is his, not “theirs”.

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  3. Your post reminded me of the core problem of elite self-government politicians.

    Read this excerpt link of A Few Good Men.


    Then substitute the names of the name Col. Kaffe to your argument that both of your candidates’ positions.

    In my opinion, the political elites all have the same mentality of Col. Jessup.
    “you can’t handle the truth”

    In other words, political elites have given orders to the National Park Service and government education policies about historical issues to react to “Code Red” orders instead of historical truth.

    The result is what we read in the news, people protesting different opinions of what they are led to believe, or want to believe, rather than the truth.

    The truth being what my point I presented in a recent post.


    God has placed a burden on humans and it is up to us to fix all the problems we humans keep repeating generation after generation, about ourselves, by ourselves.

    In my opinion, it sure would help if we all spent a little more time listening to the truth being presented by both sides of any matter.

    Political correctness, political elites, political factions, non-independent news media, propaganda, all are a form of the Code Red mentality of political and government elites who believe they know best.

    Problem is added when some politicians also include what is best for them instead when they Code Red the truth.

    Abraham Lincoln told the truth about Civil War in his Gettysburg Address.
    Wise Good Holy Men told the truth in the Bible.

    Frankly, when I spend the time to listen to both sides of issues, in my opinion, many times, I do not know who to believe because of all the Code Red informants.

    In other words, more holy news, more holy newscasters, more holy truth, will help lessen more folly in the news. Some folly the result of good intentions, and surely some a result of evil intentions, in my opinion.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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      1. Our governor told my spouse he should run for governor. He said it’s a fun job and all you do is fix problems and help people….which is exactly what my spouse excels at.
        There’s no way. For folks who complain about the intrusion of government into their private lives (most of us), understand there is nothing like the intrusion into the life of a public figure.

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    1. Never saw the movie. So I probably don’t entirely understand the reference, but I guess I understand well enough.

      We have this word today that too well describes some people. “Snowflake.” For some strange reason they think it is everyone else’s job to protect them from those points-of-view with which they disagree. Of course, they only way to do that is to make everyone adopt their point-of-view. Effectively, snowflakes have no use for the First Amendment. The true snowflakes are people like Ed Gillipsie and his opponent. They would give in to them.

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