Thursday, February 29, 2024

Democrats in Virginia Vote to Scrap Robert E. Lee License Plate


Legislation that would end Virginia’s issuance of two license plates that properly and rightfully honor Robert E. Lee as “The Virginia Gentleman” and spotlight the Sons of Confederate Veterans is headed to Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s desk. 

The bill is the second attempt by Del. Candi Mundon King, D-Prince William, to get rid of the Robert E. Lee plate, which was originally approved virtually unanimously by both parties in the General Assembly in 2007 but has now suddenly become the target of vicious attacks by democrats, who regurgitated the left's most popular FALSE narrative talking points in their comments during debate.

 “This bill is needed to help us end the false narrative of the Lost Cause and help us embrace the fact that General Lee was anything but a gentleman,” Mundon King said on the House floor earlier this month. “He was a traitor to this country, a brutal enslaver and not worthy of being celebrated on our license plate.” 

The only false narrative that needs to end is the one the left is pushing in their hate-fueled quest to smear our history, heritage, and the men who honorably served the Commonwealth.

Last year, Mundon King’s legislation failed in the Republican-controlled House of Delegates. But since then, Democrats have won narrow control over both legislative chambers, and on Tuesday, the Senate voted 21-17 to forward the proposal to Youngkin. 

The Republican governor will now have to decide whether to stand with history, tradition, those who elected him, and his own party, or side with radical democrats and sign the mean-spirited, despicable bill into legislation 

It won’t be the only bill dealing with Virginia’s Confederate history that the governor will have to make a decision on: On Monday, the Virginia House took a final vote on legislation that would strip the United Daughters of the Confederacy of a unique tax exemption written into state code that has allowed the organization to pay no property taxes on its Richmond headquarters for decades.

Republicans have largely opposed both measures, although a few Turncoats in the House joined with radical democrats to back the license plate bill, including Dels. Amanda Batten, R-James City; Rob Bloxom, R-Accomack; Carrie Coyner, R-Chesterfield; and A.C. Cordoza, R-Hampton.

On Tuesday, Sen. John McGuire, R-Goochland, said getting rid of the license plates would violate constitutional free speech protections because the license plate program overseen by the state Department of Motor Vehicles “is a modern-day courthouse square” where people can share their views. 

“If we pass this bill, a citizen will sue Virginia, and they will use this debate to show the intent of this bill is to kill speech because some in this body did not like the message,” he said. 

Del. Tim Griffin, R-Bedford, similarly argued in a House committee debate that the legislation constituted “viewpoint discrimination.” 

“The reason that we have First Amendment protections of speech in general is so that we protect speech that not everybody likes,” he said. “There’s an abortion plate on there that I find disgusting personally, but I’m not going to move to remove it just because I don’t agree with it.”

HB812 will recall the Robert E Lee and SCV specialty license plates. SB517 will unfairly yank the tax exempt status from several of Virginia’s honorable historical societies, including the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Contact Governor Youngkin TODAY and ask him to reject both of these vicious, partisan attacks by democrats on our history, heritage, and first amendment rights.


Phone: 804-786-2211
Mailing Address:
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 1475
Richmond, VA 23218

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Seven Years Later: Chesapeake's Mega Flag Still Honors Local Soldiers


Seven years ago this past weekend, The Virginia Flaggers dedicated their 26th Roadside Memorial Battle Flag.  

The “Jackson Greys” Memorial Battle Flag was raised in a ceremony in Chesapeake, Virginia. 

The 8' x 8' Army of Northern Virginia flag still flies proudly, adjacent to the Chesapeake expressway, Route 168, a heavily traveled route to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

The flag honors the Jackson Greys, Company A, of the 61st Virginia Infantry Regiment from the War for Southern Independence. The Jackson Greys were a company recruited from the Chesapeake Virginia area and named in honor of James W. Jackson, a Southern Martyr and hotel owner in Alexandria, Virginia who was killed by a group of Federal soldiers in his hotel while defending his property.

The Virginia Flaggers is a grass-roots organization dedicated to defending the honor of Virginia's Confederate Veterans, and pushing back against the left's vicious assaults on the Commonwealth's history and heritage, and desecration of our memorials and monuments.