In another rebuke of the woke culture wars, voters in the Virginia counties of Mathews, Middlesex, and Nottoway voted against measures to relocate or remove Confederate/Civil War monuments.
For voters of Mathews County, the ballot proposition consisted of relocating the “Soldier’s & Sailor’s Monument” that is situated on the comer of Court and Church streets on the Historic Court Green.
In the case of Middlesex County, the vote focused on the removal of a Confederate monument that the United Daughters of the Confederacy erected in 1910. The Middlesex County Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 2 to put this question on the ballot back in July.
Nottoway County also decided on whether it would relocate a Confederate war monument that was erected in front of the county courthouse in 1893. This same county is where Fort Pickett is located, which was named in honor of Confederate Major General George E. Pickett. The military base will be going through a name change after Congress issued an order to change the names of all military bases named in honor of members of the Confederacy.
Mathews County voted against erasing its history by 80%-20%, while Middlesex and Nottoway counties voted against taking down their monuments 75%-25% and 68%-32% respectively.
Similarly, exit polls showed that 54% of the Virginian electorate were against removing Confederate monuments.
These votes came against the backdrop of Virginia statewide elections, which saw Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin defeat former Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe by a vote of 50.9% to 48.4%.
Over the last year, especially in the wake of the death of George Floyd, the cultural Left has made erasing facets of American history a major part of its grassroots activism. Although they were able to make some inroads in certain urban centers, there is genuine pushback coming from rural areas.
It’s clear that there are many patriotic American constituencies who still believe in preserving their heritage. In some respects, Virginia’s refusal to take down Confederate monuments served as a proxy for the anti-McAuliffe vote, which is basically a vote against globalist degeneracy.
The Republican Party must never eschew the culture war. These battles of identity and culture are what galvanize the GOP’s grassroots base.
Populist candidates who capitalize on the culture wars will be rewarded handsomely at the polls.
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