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Wednesday
Dec012010

Why Do Virginians Brag So Much?

ALT TAGIn 2007, Virginia claimed America started with the settlement of Jamestown in 1607, but the first European settlement of what is now the U.S. was in Florida, and the first English settlement, in North Carolina

After decades of wondering, I'm finally going to ask: Why are Virginians so insecure about their state (excuse me, "commonwealth")?

Is there any other state whose residents are even remotely as likely to irrelevantly toss out some centuries-old factlet just to boast?

ALT TAGThis is an actual tweet

The constant braggadocio makes even residents of South Carolina (not a commonwealth) and Texas (used to be a nation) look modest in comparison.

The trigger for my question after years of endurance is a November 29 email circulated by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli containing the following:

Of course, it goes without saying that you all know that the first Thanksgiving was held in Charles City County, Virginia in 1619 [link added], and the second Thanksgiving was held in Massachusetts in 1621. Just thought I should point that out for those readers not blessed enough to be Virginians.
The email's purpose is to discuss a conflict between two health care laws. I'm sure you can tell.

ALT TAGThe shot heard 'round the world was heard especially keenly in Virginia.

Incidentally, the first Thanksgiving may have been in Florida. Or Canada. Or in Ancient Israel (of which, my husband says, "The Jews wandered a great distance in the desert, but I don't think they got as far afield as Charles City, Virginia."). Heck, for all we now know, the Lost Colony may have gone off to eat putrid poultry with the Croatoans. But the Pilgrims, settling here for religious reasons, get the best press of the U.S. contestants, and if the early Virginians didn't want that, they probably shouldn't have exported tobacco. (No, I'm not forgetting slavery in Virginia; I'm remembering that it existed in New England.)

ALT TAGIndependence Hall. I assume it's in Virginia.

Don't get me wrong. This is not a personal complaint about the work of the Honorable Ken Cuccinelli. I love his health care lawsuit. I love that he stood firm against possible academic fraud at the taxpayer-funded University of Virginia (otherwise known as the Sainted-University-of-Virginia-founded-by-His-Excellency-Thomas Jefferson). And in the past I've pointed out some outlandish bragging by liberal Virginian politicians, too. But really. We have 50 states. Morally, they're equal. ALL of them have contributed to our history.

In other words, relax, Virginians. Even though you haven't done much lately, and Ohio claims the most U.S. presidents, you have a nice little state there.

Truly, you have nothing to be insecure about.

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