Sunday, November 4, 2012

Is Virginia about Tradition vs. Change, as Nate Silver suggests?

He writes that here.

Maybe. I can't argue with the twentieth century political, social and legal history of it, after all. But we're the home of that good outspoken secular leftist, Thomas Jefferson. Liberalism is tradition in Virginia. Even though we've picked up some bad habits from others in the South, you can't forget that.

3 comments:

  1. "Liberalism is tradition in Virginia."

    If you ignore the whole slavery thing...

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  2. @Absolon

    In all fairness, Virginia came closer to emancipating its slaves than almost any other state in the south (Kentucky being the other one). The fact that the 19th-century Virginian elite saw themselves as the stewards of the national destiny kept them closer to the mainstream than the lunatics in South Carolina and the deep south.

    Woodrow Wilson's legacy is something of a mixed bag, but he might be mentioned as another idealistic Virginian. Dude vetoed the Volstead Act, pushed independence for oppressed nationalities, secured freedom of the seas, &c. Carter Glass was another liberal Virginian who's a personal favorite of mine.

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  3. "In all fairness, Virginia came closer to emancipating its slaves than almost any other state in the south"

    Do we know if that was a comfort to the slaves?

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