On Thursday night, the Fairfax County School Board, in another attempt to alter Virginiaâ€™s storied past, changed the name of Jeb Stuart High School to Stuart High School. Â This is part of a long and never ending effort by the radical left to try to wipe out Americaâ€™s history to continue to divide us so that they can take power and never let go. Â
The brainwashing of our country starts with our youth. Â Progressives learned years ago that the best way to raise little communists was to indoctrinate them at birth. Â And this is what they are doing. Â
This story is of great significance to me, not because I went to Jeb Stuart, but because I had many friends who graduated from Jeb Stuart HS from 1982 through 1985. Â Also because Jeb Stuart is one of my heroes. Â However letâ€™s put aside his Confederate past and my having known many Jeb Stuart alumni. Â Letâ€™s focus on something which left wing progressives are always talking about â€“ more money for our schools.
Now think on how many textbooks that would have bought. Â How many parents from Fairfax or Loudoun or other NOVA schools have been asked to purchase supplies because the schools canâ€™t afford to pay for them? Â Yet they can afford to pay nearly 1 million dollars to change the name of a school, and still figure out how to keep the name similar to the original supposed offensive name (from Jeb Stuart HS to Stuart HS) Â
So is Stuart HS now named after Jeb Stuart? Â Or the Stuart Wars in British history? Â Or Stuart Smalley? Â (NOTE THE SARCASM) Assuming itâ€™s not named after Mr. Smalley, Â then who was it named after? Shouldnâ€™t we be naming our schools after prominent figures in our history? Â Like the Confederacy or not, the fact is that Jeb Stuart was a great cavalryman and an outstanding infantry commander (he took over for Stonewall Jackson after he was wounded at Chancellorsville). Â Jeb Stuart changed how cavalry would be used in warfare, and was also a patent holder with the US Patent Office. Â Stuart helped stop John Brownâ€™s raid at Harpers Ferry (all John Brown succeeded in doing was killing a few civilians â€“ some of whom were freed slaves). Â Stuart was never whipped on the battlefield, and if it had not been for a lucky shot fired by a retreating Michigan private at the Battle of Yellow Tavern, he would have beaten Phil Sheridan in May of 1864 while being outnumbered more than 2-1. Â Even though Stuart died that next day, the fact is that Stuart won the battle â€“ forcing Sheridan and his nearly 9000 cavalry to retreat after losing to Â½ as many troops. Â
Wherever Stuart was, he won. Â Yes he was vainglorious and yes he sometimes loved pomp and circumstance a bit too much (see his performance at Gettysburg). Â But Jeb Stuart lived and died for Virginia, and after the 1st Battle of Manassas, one of his first major encampments was at Munsonâ€™s Hill and Culmore, next to what is now Jeb Stuart HS. Â A Hispanic gal who works for me, whose oldest child will soon be going to Jeb Stuart HS told me she thinks the name change is ridiculous, that sheâ€™d rather the money be spent on her kids, not on whitewashing history. Â
So liberals on the Fairfax County School Board have wasted nearly 1 million dollars, literally left the name Â½ way intact, and have tried to wipe out a very influential man in not only Virginia History, but Falls Church history as well. Â All they did was waste taxpayer money, diverting these needed funds away from our kids to prove their moral superiority. Â