CNN: Virginia will eliminate a state holiday honoring Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. It’ll make Election Day a day off instead

“We need to make Election Day a holiday,” he said in his State of the Commonwealth speech last month. “We can do it by ending the Lee-Jackson holiday that Virginia holds … It commemorates a lost cause. It’s time to move on.”

  1. Yes, Election Day should have been a federal holiday since someone made the claim that this country should have elections. Likely, in the Commonwealth this is going to work out that government employees and some white collar workers will not have to go to work. Personally, I would prefer this to be a mandatory shutdown of all organizations that cannot be reasonably argued as critical, like emergency services for example.
  2. Northam’s take on things is one of the politest, politically neutral way of saying to the citizens of the state that he is the governor of that we’re done celebrating secessionist slavers. “A lost cause” puts it far too lightly, but the Commonwealth has a load of people noisy who are somehow pro-Confederacy.

I’m happy that the Commonwealth has done this, better late than never.