Clark W Griswold Jr. 
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Re: “Gillespie and Northam: Confederate Monuments in Virginia Need Context

"You don't move history. You don't hide history." By all means, let's not hide history. Let's get it out there, all of it, warts and all. And that's the problem with Monument Avenue. There's enough hidden history behind the myth of the Glorious South that it portrays to sink a fleet of battleships. Wars are initiated usually for political and economic reasons. Those who venerate the Lost Cause conveniently overlook the economic necessity that compelled Confederate States to secede from the Union. In a word, slavery. The South was toast without its slaves. The political argument, "states' rights", was merely a cover for the economic reality,, but it's the political argument that Monument Avenue perpetuates. Not one word or mention of exactly what these men fought for; the so-called god-given right to own other human beings and do with them what they wished. To own other human beings as one would own a horse, or a herd of cattle, or an acre of land. To own other human beings to work as long, as hard as they were able was necessary to make a profit for their owners. To possess other human beings to sell as one would anything else one owned. To deny that these were even human beings with the same rights and privileges as any white citizen is at the core of what the South fought to preserve and maintain. And the glorification of that is what is highly disturbing to many of us. So, you don't want to hide history? You want to show it off with pride? Then show it all, every ugly, horrible reason for why Marse Robert and his band of brothers chose to take up arms. But....be careful what you wish for, you just might not like what you eventually will see.

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Posted by Clark W Griswold Jr. on 10/03/2017 at 8:39 PM

Re: “How Jim Crow Codified the Bigotry Already Woven Into the Fabric of Virginia

The Curch Lady would more likely be commenting on the white wash that Lost Causers applied to the outcome of The War than to Margaret Edds' recounting of Jim Crow and its effects. Monument Avenue, as beautiful as it is, does not tell the truth. Keep the statues, if you must, but only if you add to them the rest of the story; and that would be these men fought to preserve a society which demanded and depended upon a system of human bondage, denying those caught in its grasp the fundamental freedoms our Founding Fathers believed in. That, for those of you who cherish the concept, is our real heritage.

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Posted by Clark W Griswold Jr. on 09/20/2017 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Opinion: Serpents in Our Midst

Amen to this. Just to be clear, trumplestilskins, that sack of excrement you love so dearly squatting in the White House has no problem with Nazis. Both of my parents risked their lives in service to this country in World War II fighting this insanity. His removal from office can't come soon enough.

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Posted by Clark W Griswold Jr. on 08/16/2017 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Opinion: Why Richmond Needs to Save Larus Park

Ah yes, gone but not forgotten, the stench of the previous regime's corruption continues to waft over our fair city. It's amazing to me how a man of the cloth can be so good at following the lead of the money changers in the temple instead of the man who threw them out. Well anywayI'm sure the good citizens of Chesterfield are feeling pretty smug right now knowing that we the good folks of Richmond are subsidizing all of their toilet flushes at the rate of 80%. Speaking of getting flushed, this land grab for a $1 a year (are you sure you can afford that?) just adds insult to injury, and unless there's an iron-clad contract here, Mr. Stoney should flush this deal right back across the city limits south of the James. When oh when will we get a city government that is neither as blatantly corrupt as Jones' nor as rude, crude and out of control as Wilder's? For the love of god, haven't we suffered enough incompetence and mismanagement?

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Posted by Clark W Griswold Jr. on 07/26/2017 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Why They Keep Fighting: Richmond Protesters Explain Their Resistance to Trump's America

Hmmm, seems there's no shortage of trumpanzees in Richmond, by the tone of most of these comments. It's funny, your boy won, albeit with less than a popular majority of the vote and with the help of an archaic convoluted Constitutional mechanism designed to protect slave-holding states' representation in Congress, and yet you're all still so pissed off about everything. Protesting injustice and discrimination in this country is as American as apple pie, and goes all the way back to its founding, for those of you who were too busy throwing spitballs in history class. Protesting never accomplished a thing, you say? If that were the case, your cushy 8 hour a day, 5 days a week jobs you all are so proud of wouldn't exist. Here's what's never accomplished a thing; phony flag-waving, cross -clutching, dollar-worshipping patriotic bluster. I'll take what these folks are trying to do any day of the week over that.

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Posted by Clark W Griswold Jr. on 03/29/2017 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Rallying Point: Richmonders Travel to Washington For the Biggest Protest in U.S. History

It wasn't a deflection, it was a test to see if you would recognize bias on both sides. You clearly called out this paper for it's left-leaning tendencies by ignoring the inauguration and playing up the protest marches the day after. Fair enough. But I sense defensiveness in your comment when I brought up a media outlet that clearly caters to the right. Look, we're all biased in our own ways, and to claim otherwise is disingenuous. Anyway, here's hoping you find a news outlet that gives you your news straight down the middle, with no unveiled bias. Cheers.

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Posted by Clark W Griswold Jr. on 01/25/2017 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Rallying Point: Richmonders Travel to Washington For the Biggest Protest in U.S. History

Ok Ellan, I'm with you as long as Fox News drops its "news" as well. At least Style doesn't pretend to be "fair and balanced."

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Posted by Clark W Griswold Jr. on 01/25/2017 at 7:52 AM

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