The official seal of the commonwealth depicts the Roman goddess Virtus standing with one foot on the chest of Tyranny. Her traditional amazonian warrior attire include one breat exposed. This was apparently too risque for Virginia's protector of traditional morality, who passed out pins to his staff that included a more modest virsion of the state seal, with a more virtuous apperaing Virtus. Where's Justin Timberlake when you need him?
The Huffington Post reports:
Virginia's attorney general Ken Cuccinelli is hard at work on the important issues of the day -- like making sure the Roman goddess depicted on his state's official seal isn't exposing herself.
The current seal shows "Virtus, the goddess of virtue, dressed as a warrior," with her foot resting "on the chest of the figure of tyranny, who is lying on the ground." She is holding a spear and her left breast is exposed.
Or at least it was exposed. At a recent meeting, Cuccinelli provided pins to his staff with a new seal on which "Virtus' bosom is covered by an armored breastplate," the Virginian-Pilot reported. These new pins were not paid for by taxpayer dollars, Cuccinelli's office insisted.
The original state seal was designed by George Wythe, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and was first adopted in 1776, according to a Virginia state website. But so much for that.
"When you ask to be ridiculed, it usually happens. And it will happen here, nationally," University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato told the Pilot. "This is classical art, for goodness' sake."
And indeed, the mockery has already begun. "I'm outraged -- no longer can the Virginia state seal be the centerfold of the state seal magazine," leading Virginia blogger Ben Tribbett joked to HuffPost.Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Dick Cranwell said in a statement:
Attorney General Cuccinelli has the wrong priorities for Virginia. This is the latest in a series of embarrassing actions that distract from the real challenges facing our citizens. All Virginians should be concerned that Ken Cuccinelli is wasting the people's time applying his ultra-conservative political agenda to every aspect of his job, even classical art. Under Governors Warner and Kaine, Virginia was recognized by Forbes.com and Governing Magazine. Under Ken Cuccinelli, we're only recognized by the Daily Show.
After the rulings which remove protections against discrimination, lawsuits that waste taxpayer money, and actions which cause Virginia to be a national laughingstock, Attorney General Cuccinelli's good will has run out with our citizens. Virginians demand common sense results-oriented government, not distractions, embarrassments, and misplaced priorities.