Good job, Alexandria (Va.) City Council.
The council has yanked the name of an American traitor off a highway that runs from Arlington to Richmond.
It thoroughfare was formerly known as the Jefferson Davis Highway. Its new name will be the Richmond Highway.
Jefferson Davis, of course, was the president of the Confederate States of America. The CSA decided in 1861 to declare war against the United States of America. Confederate artillery gunners then opened fire on the Union garrison at Fort Sumpter, S.C.
Thus, the Civil War began. It would end four years later with roughly 600,000 men dying on battlefields throughout the North and South.
Jefferson Davis’s complicity in launching that war is beyond dispute. He was a traitor to the nation. Do we honor such individuals? Should we honor them? Of course not! Indeed, a school in Richmond will be renamed in honor of Barack H. Obama, after carrying the name of Confederate Army Gen. (and another traitor) J.E.B. Stuart.
As The Hill reported: There has been a massive push to rename markers and landmarks named after members of the Confederacy following the Charleston shooting and the Charlottesville, Va., white supremacy rally last year.
Accordingly, the Arlington City Council has just struck down one more tribute to an infamous historical figure.