The Confederate Flag and cultural fascism

Friday, June 26, 2015 @ 4:34pm

You cultural fascists have struck again.

You have shown you will say most anything, and do most anything to advance your radical agenda. But that’s not enough, is it? Your intent is to ban any opposition. Your goal is to ban even the expression of dissension.

You’re doing it everywhere. You are insisting scientists skeptical of global warming
be banned from symposia discussing the subject. You shout down, even physically attack conservatives who dare express opinions on college campuses – that is, if you don’t succeed in banning them altogether.  You demand TV networks fire Christians who dare to quote Scripture publicly. You pressure advertisers to stop their sponsorship of conservative talk shows, inventing scandals to justify your campaigns. You pressure businesses to fire employee for supporting traditional marriage. You call on government to imprison Christians who will not abide by the gay agenda.

Now it’s the Confederate flag.

I don’t know what’s more offensive, your disgusting character assassination or the outright embarrassment  of politicians and businesses quaking in their shoes at the thought  they might be next on your hit list.

You demand it be banned from society because you insist society accept your definition of what it represents. As usual, you are using a horrific event, and the victims of that horror, as your excuse, just as you used a pro-life extremist detonating a bomb to smear the entire pro-life movement, just as you used a crazed gunman opening fire in a movie theater to advance your radical agenda to ban all guns.

Now it’s Dylann Roof. He commits an unspeakable act of racist violence. What does the Confederate flag have to do with it? It is the symbol you’re using to suggest America is, and always has been racist.

So many are so intimidated and run away like an Iraqi army.

The Confederate flag has been removed from the Dukes of Hazzard’s “General Lee” car. We will no longer sell that horrible thing! declare Apple, Sears, eBay, Amazon, and the rest about the Confederate flag.

What frauds. Up until last week none had a problem in the world with that flag.  The racially-sensitive folks at Amazon still sell Nazi and apartheid memorabilia.  Sen. Lindsey Graham cynically whines, “God help South Carolina” if it continues flying the flag he has repeatedly defended.

Cowards all.

Let me tell you who you’re tarring with your smear campaign.  Charlie Daniels is a friend of mine. I know and am friends with members of The Outlaws. I’ve met the Lynyrd Skynyrd band. I’ve seen The Allman Brothers in concert.  They all sing about the South. Their millions of fans wear caps emblazoned with the Confederate flag. The Stars and Bars waves throughout the arenas.

You’ve called them all racists.

Racists? How dare you. They are celebrating Southern rock music – period.

You are insulting millions of NASCAR fans who do the same simply as a celebration of their Southern heritage. You are besmirching the memory of the thousands of Confederates who fought for their right to secede – and openly opposed slavery. Start with Robert E. Lee.

You will use this – you know you will – to tar any conservative you can tie to the evil you’ve invented. You’ll declare that person a racist if he doesn’t publicly agree with you, won’t you?

What’s next? How long will it take for you to demand that the American flag be removed? It’s a natural progression.

You’ll talk about Abu Ghraib. You’ll reach back to the My Lai massacre. You’ll find any excuse to besmirch the Stars and Stripes.

What about the Cross? You think it’s a symbol of religious oppression. The KKK solemnly sets it ablaze in their ceremonies. You’ll want that banned, too. In fact President Obama has already demanded it be covered if he speaks in front of one.

Tear down your own damn flags. The “Unabomber” Ted Kacynski was a terrorist, and a murderer, and a supporter of Greenpeace. Tear down your environmentalist flags.  There are black racists waving  black power flags. Tear them all down.

A gay fanatic shot and grievously wounded a security guard at the Family Research Council. His intent was to murder as many employees as possible. Tear down all LGBT flags.

But you won’t, of course. You cultural fascists are also raving hypocrites.

I have a Confederate flag proudly displayed in my home.  It’ll stay. This afternoon I’m going to buy two or three more. Why? Just to defy you.

Brent Bozell is chairman of ForAmerica, the nation’s largest active online conservative network with over 7.3 million supporters.

Diversity and the Confederate Flag

In the wake of the senseless shooting of innocent worshipers in the Charleston AME Church, the Confederate flag has once again come under fire. First and foremost, let us not lose sight of the victims and their love ones. We should offer them our prayers, sincere condolences and respect their time of mourning.
I believe the following quote from William C. Davis’ book “The Cause Lost” describes the views of many Americans concerning the Confederate Battle flag:
“But the battle flag is something different. It was not a governmental banner. It was the flag of the men in the ranks in the Confederate armies, the average Johnny Reb’s, 90 percent of whom never owned a slave, had no stake in a slave economy, and were not at all fighting to preserve slavery. They were fighting for purely American values that millions of other men and women, north and south, white and black, have fought for for generations – defense of home and hearth and what they perceived as their country. The battle flag is not a symbol of racism but of motives that represent the best that all of us have to give – courage, patriotism, self-sacrifice. As such, it is viewed with justifiable pride not just by Southerners but also by Americans of all sections. Those who cheapen it by putting it on underwear and license plates and flying it at white supremacist rallies do the flag and those who followed it a disservice. Likely many of our Confederate ancestors would be ashamed of them, but such antics cannot diminish the fact that the battle flag stands for much of what is best in all of us”
I can understand that African Americans may have a very different view of the flag but if we are to be a diverse and pluralistic society we must be mature enough to tolerate if not embrace the views of all segments of our society. We seem to be open to a vast and unlimited array of views on religion, sexual orientation, ethnic heritages and political ideals to name but a few. Virtually anything and everything is ok except the Confederate flag.
The civil rights movement of the 1960’s strove to end prejudice and discrimination. People calling for the removal of the Confederate flag have one view of the flag, based on their preconceived ideas and are striving to discriminate against that flag by imposing their view on all of us and depriving those who honor the flag the right to display it. African Americans need to remain true to the ideals that have benefited all of us over the past 50 years, even when it may seem uncomfortable.
The rioters that burned and looted Ferguson and Baltimore do not represent the people of those communities. The rioters were a small group of criminals and gangs who took advantage of a sad situation. In the same way, hate groups who abuse the Confederate flag in no way represent the Confederate States of America or her honorable soldiers and sailors.
Removing the Confederate flag from war memorials and museums or inhibiting it’s respectful display will do nothing to stop hate crimes. Hate groups do not frequent museums, do not seek the truth, care nothing for history and have no regard for the views of others.
If we discriminate against the Confederate flag – what will be next? If we are to move forward as a diverse and pluralistic society, the Confederate flag deserves a place in the parade.

Submitted by the Pasco, Washington, Washington Artillery, Camp 2178

Black veteran, a ‘Son of the South,’ defends the Confederate flag

CONFEDERATE FLAG
A huge Confederate flag is raised over the southbound side of Interstate 65 in Verbena, Ala., north of Montgomery Sunday afternoon, June 26, 2005. (AP Photo/The Birmingham News, Jerry Ayres) (JERRY AYRES)
Guest opinion By Guest opinion
on June 25, 2015 at 11:43 AM

Courtney Daniels (contributed photo)
In 2001, the Taliban shamelessly dynamited the Bamiyan Buddhas, two of the largest such carvings of the ancient world. Built in the 6th century by monks who made their homes along the Silk Road, the Buddahs stood for millenia until fundamentalists removed them from the face of the Earth. Such ignorance still abounds. Over the past few months, the onslaught of the Islamic State has wrought the systematic destruction of cultural artifacts from Palmyra to Nineva, all because they were deemed “offensive” by a minority that if it had its way, would ensure the entire world would adhere to a dark and revisionist existence.
A couple of days ago, in the wake of a childish debate over a memorial flag flown near a Confederate statue, a Southern monument was ignorantly desecrated with an attempt at the “Black Lives Matter” slogan. The spray-painted phrase was misspelled. The inanimate statue, a solemn reminder of the South’s fallen sons, didn’t take away any citizen’s pursuit of happiness, it didn’t interfere with the social and racial disparities that some claim as a detriment to advancement — it simply stood there, silent and bold, marking the bravery and errors of yesterday’s determinations.
From the gun debate to the flag debate (which are both somehow tied to this most recent, senseless shooting tragedy) it seems that liberal thought continues to show its fear of inanimate objects. Such a way of thinking never holds PEOPLE accountable. Instead it points fingers in every other direction.
The removal of a historical banner won’t stop racists from exercising bigotry. As a matter of fact, racists will be racists despite regulations and constant “feel good” legislation, no flag needed. The ignorance of the disgruntled protestors is evident in their refusal to acknowledge that the flag widely recognized as the “Confederate Flag” was never actually adopted as the flag of the Confederacy. They’ll also never admit or realize that not only was slavery not the motivating factor for the ensuing civil war, but that slavery was an American institution, not a Confederate one.
The Confederacy, in its prime, never mounted the atrocities of the Trail of Tears or the Black Hills conspiracy. But it seems that all because a few cowards in bedsheets once hijacked the gorgeous colors of a banner so rich in history to terrorize and intimidate other Americans, we condemn the Southern cloth to oblivion as a misnamed symbol of hate. It doesn’t matter that slaves outside of the declared boundaries remained enslaved in the North. Neither does it matter that many Southerners gave up plots of their property to house and provide compensable labor for black workers. It doesn’t matter that Lincoln, who is often regarded as the liberator of enslaved blacks cared less for the welfare of slaves than for the sovereignty of an entire country.
Where I come from, deep in the Heart of Dixie, I see that flag every single day with its bold red field and star-studded cross of St. Andrews in royal blue. I hold a certain respect for it that others fueled by emotion and misinformation wouldn’t understand. I revere it as a son of the South in a way that would confuse those on the outside looking in, who by the way are not entitled to commentary on which flag waves in our humid Southern breeze. I spot it on not so subtle scavenger hunts gracing a random shirt at the gas station, the hat of the guy behind the counter at my local bait and tackle shop, and the bed of a passing pickup with the accompanying decal “Southern Pride.” I smile because I know that if in need, that guy would give me that same shirt off his back. I smile because I live in a region that has a certain defiance that only a select few inherit.
As a black man who grew up in the South, I’ll admit I didn’t always see the issue with this same clarity. I blindly followed the sentimentalism of my parents and educators who passed judgement from a seat of victimization, failing to challenge evidence to the contrary. My opinion on the Battle Flag was swayed as a 13-year-old reading a contributor’s opinion in the Birmingham News, circa 2001. A white man with Confederate heritage, he acknowledged that he had never considered the flag flying on his front lawn to have held such a negative connotation in the minds of so many blacks. I remember from reading the column, he had a certain politeness that urged him to take his flag down and hang it indoors out of respect for those who didn’t like it. I respected his consideration and it prompted me to do my own homework on what role the Civil War and the flag in question played in my ancestor’s past and my own future. I realized then that I had foolishly labeled every white person sporting the flag as a racist, with no facts to back my claim and without placing myself in their shoes or knowing them personally.
In short, I’ve come to terms with it being a wrongfully vilified piece of Southern culture, as important to our collective heritage as RC Cola and Moon Pies.
In so many ways, the South is the conscience of the entire nation. In the 21st century with Americans abandoning all decency and forgetting to walk tall, the South still manages to maintain a certain air of moral obligation that has been all but lost in northern enclaves like Philadelphia where Americans scowl at one another, heavily divided by racial suspicion and bigotry, or cities like New York where neighborhoods a century after the Great Migration of blacks are still heavily defined by skin tone and distrust. In the South, we mingle. We play. We do like Willie Mays and “say hey” no matter the color of the person sitting on the porch. I walk into my local grocery with my daughter and like the tick of the clock, I know I can count on an endearing “Hey baby doll, you need some help?” from the attendant whose skin heavily contrasts mine. Her “y’all come on back now” is the most welcoming invitation I could ever hear.
It’s clear that as a nation, we are embarking on a new, revised, politically correct avenue of apology. The future is a dim one, void of backbone and fistfights. No more, “each according to the dictates of his own conscience.”
“If it offends my neighbor, make it illegal, dynamite it, wipe it from the face of the Earth” rages the contentious fascist. It’s becoming clear that what those progressives want is a new, bleak, unrecognizable South, its accomplishments and errors equally stricken from the annals of history. They wish its monuments to be no more, the names of its generals removed from every institution, it’s antebellum flair retold as a horror story as if Sherman’s destruction wasn’t enough of a disgrace.
I am from the great state of Alabama and live between the rivers of Tennessee. I am a proud American and maybe in ways, an even louder Southerner. Can’t help it. I relate because I’m a rebel in so many ways and I’m very proud of where I’m from. I can read an accent from either Carolina and know that I’m in good company. I can present my pistol permit to a Texas Ranger and trust that it will be honored four hundred miles in the other direction. I know that I can stop for small talk in any Waffle House in Georgia, and strike up a meaningful conversation with the Walmart shopper behind me in line in Mississippi. I don’t need to know those people, they already know me. I am related to them and they are related to me.
If you don’t know us but have an opinion about how we should live our lives or if you can’t dissect the FACTS of a situation without making it a divisive issue, as Southerners, we only have one thing to say to your folly: “Bless your heart.”
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Join the Sons of Confederate Veterans!

The citizen-soldiers who fought for the Confederacy personified the best qualities of America. The preservation of liberty and freedom was the motivating factor in the South’s decision to fight the Second American Revolution. The tenacity with which Confederate soldiers fought underscored their belief in the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. These attributes are the underpinning of our democratic society and represent the foundation on which this nation was built.

Today, the Sons of Confederate Veterans is preserving the history and legacy of these heroes so that future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern Cause.

The SCV is the direct heir of the United Confederate Veterans, and the oldest hereditary organization for male descendants of Confederate soldiers. Organized at Richmond, Virginia in 1896, the SCV continues to serve as a historical, patriotic, and non-political organization dedicated to ensuring that a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved.

Membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans is open to all male descendants of any veteran who served honorably in the Confederate armed forces.

JOIN NOW and defend your families honor!

http://www.scv.org/pdf/SCVApplicationFillable.pdf

Commanders Report

Greetings,

Over the past week, out Heritage has been attacked like no other time in history. Confederate Flags, Monuments and Parks are being defaced, removed, and destroyed.
States are removing Mississippi’s flag from Parks, Mississippi is considering changing its flag, South Carolina has taken down its flag flying over the Confederate Veterans memorial. Stores and online retailers, have stopped carrying anything with a Confederate Flag, even the Dukes of Hazzard’s 1969 Charger the General Lee, has had its Confederate Flag removed from its roof.
These are just a fraction of the mindless acts of censorship that have happened over the last week.
Besides all the censorship and erasing of history, we have been verbally attacked with threats of violence, called terrorists, traitors, racists and losers. All of these attacks and insults are completely untrue and based totally on lies. They have shown us their true colors and just how ignorant and hateful they are.
The tragedy that happened in Charleston a week ago, hurts our hearts to see. Such a terrible act of hatred and violence, is disgusting and devastating to all of us. We have all been praying for the families and friends of the victims, that they will find healing and hope and that things will get better. We all have hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
The tragic events from last week have been sadly overshadowed by a totally unjustified attack on anything Confederate. Our proud symbols of American history and liberty are being stripped away and erased. Haven’t we learned anything from history? All totalitarian governments have attempted to erase its minority’s history. This country is following the same plan.
We are a Historical Confederate Veterans Heritage Organization. Our purpose is to honor and defend the Confederate Soldier’s good name, guard out history and present the true story of what happened to the South to future generations.
We will not go hide in the corner and wait for things to cool off, because if we do, we won’t have anything left to defend!
I’m asking all of our members to stand up for our heritage and take on out attackers!
Some of the things we need you to do are:
-Protest the retailers who are against our Flag, by not shopping there (call them).
-Call your representatives and demand they put a stop to this censorship.
-Contact other liberty organizations and get them on board with us.
-Report heritage violations to the Division and Local Camps.
-Monitor online for threats of violence or against us and report them to local law enforcement.
-Organize rallies in support of the Flag and our heritage
-Contact both conservative and liberal talk radio shows about interviews. The SCV will be sending topic bullet points to help with interviews. (Do not do an interview if you don’t know what to say).
-Get others to join with us in our fight, by joining the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Here’s an application to join http://www.scv.org/pdf/SCVApplicationFillable.pdf
Relating to the real threats against us, we will be prosecuting (to the fullest extent), anyone who attacks or damages property of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Thank You,
Erik Ernst
Commander
SCV Pacific NW Division