Regarding the proclamation, says Frum,
It’s hard to imagine a more anodyne remembrance of the Confederacy than this issued by McDonnell. It does contain the eyebrow-raising language that the Confederates “fought for their homes and communities and Commonwealth.” None of those things were in danger in 1861. Beyond that, however, it’s a bland invocation of the importance of studying history.
"That" is doing a hell of a lot of work is sentence, considering this particular definite article refers to, you know, the proclamation's elision of slavery.
David Frum is a dishonest, warmongering, no-account slimeball. Beyond that, however, he's not a bad guy!