Martin O’Malley, blatant Confederate rhetoric hypocrite.

Hey, I am not the one who set these rules, dig it?

As God is my witness, today was the first that I had heard of this issue involving “Maryland My Maryland,” which is Maryland’s official song.

Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, who has sought to draw attention to his presidential bid by urging South Carolina to retire the Confederate battle flag, presided over a state for eight years whose official song expresses Confederate sympathies.


The song, with lyrics dating to the beginning of the Civil War, contains a plea for Maryland, a border state, to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy. In some verses rarely performed these days, President Abraham Lincoln is referred to as “the despot” and “the tyrant,” while the Union is called “Northern scum.”

Speaking as ‘Northern scum’ (born in New York, raised in New Jersey, family from Massachusetts) who is now living more or less proudly in the Old Line State, I’m a little surprised that I somehow missed this particular Maryland issue in 2009.  Then again, in 2009 it was a Democratic governor and a Democratic legislature in a Democratic-controlled state, so I suppose the media thought that there was no pressing need to make a federal case out of it.  Certainly Martin O’Malley seemed happy enough to just sort of… back away slowly, and not bring up the subject again.  Because that’s what a leader does.  Hide.

The Washington Post notes, by the way: “A portion of the song — without the more controversial lyrics — is sung each year in Baltimore at the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.”  Given that the first line is apparently a nasty reference to Abraham Lincoln, one wonders what counts as ‘more controversial’ in this context. ‘Anything that might have stopped Martin O’Malley from gettting reelected Governor in 2010,’ I suppose.

Via James Taranto.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: Seriously, Martin O’Malley has no justification whatsoever lecturing South Carolina – or any other state – on either propriety or delay.

PPS: I know that Governor Larry Hogan is ill (I pray for his recovery regularly), but could he possibly… do something about this song problem?

6 thoughts on “Martin O’Malley, blatant Confederate rhetoric hypocrite.”

  1. Here is the shorter link:

    Michigan was with the Iron Brigade at Gettysburg, and Michigan fought and died, and protected the high ground so that the Army of the Potomac could mass and then rip the heart out of the Army of Northern Virginia.

    I love my state, it’s land, waters, beauty, and people.

    Michigan. My Michigan.

  2. Those who forget their History will have it blow up in their faces in new and entertaining ways.

  3. More obscurely, the 1/175th Infantry in the Maryland Army National Guard traces its lineage to the 1st Maryland Regiment of the CSA, while the 1/115th is descended from the 5th Maryland Regiment, Army of the Potomac. Guess which one paraded in the post of honor during brigade formations? Guess which one was shut down when the Maryland Guard was downsized?

    1. I guess that I don’t care much beyond this comment. And I guess that when the Army is expanded again (which it will – this is earth we live on) the unit which had its colors cased will be reactivated.

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