Michael Gerson – Tone down the hatefulness in politics
What is so wrong about Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell declaring April to be Confederate History Month? Can’t we respect Robert E. Lee’s high-minded sense of honor? The average Confederate soldier’s outnumbered stubbornness?

Americans can appreciate these things, and do. But when a public official celebrates Confederate history without mentioning slavery, there is a problem.

The historical context of secession was the defense of slavery