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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!

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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

SCV Telegraph – Important Message from the Commander in Chief

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Compatriots,

As I write this, the words of Thomas Paine come to my mind. “THESE are the times that try men’s souls”.  I am certain what we as individuals, our families and the organization have experienced in the past week, and continue to experience, is very trying indeed.

We, as an organization, have been through many difficult times since 1896; but, nothing like the anti-Confederate mass hysteria we have endured since last week. It seems as though the entire world has gone crazy and many people have decided to take out their anger against anything Confederate.

Since this event was brought to our door, members of the GEC along with many other members of the SCV, have been literally working around the clock in order to attempt to combat the rush to judgment that has been thrust upon us.

As Commander-in-Chief and with the recommendation from the GEC, I am asking all compatriots to cease and desist conducting any interviews from Thursday until Saturday out of respect for the funerals of the nine church members which will occur Friday.   If you have any interviews planned, especially Friday, please have them rescheduled. If anyone is calling for interviews, nicely tell them there will be no interviews until Saturday and explain why. I ask you to pass this information on to your Camps and other compatriots as soon as possible since not everyone receives this communication.

Given the increased vandalism that is now happening at our Confederate Monuments and other Confederate theme sites, I am asking every camp to contact their local law enforcement agency to request that they increase patrols around our monuments. I also ask you to report to GHQ any and all attacks that have occurred and also any threats that have been made.

I would like to leave you with some words that our Executive Director Mike Landree sent me the other day to which we can all relate:

“Great men rise to the occasion and history is made through great struggles against great odds.  The character of a man is not shown when everything is going well, but rather when the world is against him and he is crushed to the Earth.  Whatever we have going in our lives, it must be pushed aside until these actions are behind us.  We will never get these opportunities again when the world stage is on us.  They are telling lies about us and we must fight them – we must weather this storm.

It will end eventually and we will lose many of these battles, but every victory they get must be at such a cost that they are less likely to carry them on.”

Remember what great men we represent!

Deo Vindice!

Charles Kelly Barrow
Commander-in-Chief
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Deo Vindice!

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Willamette Week promotes hate and ignorance.

Compatriots and Friends,

The Sons of Confederate Veterans is being attacked worse than anything we’ve ever seen. The Pacific NW Division has not been spared any of this. The following article is quite possibly the most ignorant and disrespectful piece of writing I’ve ever seen.

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Oh, Hey, There’s Still a Confederate Flag Flying Over a Park in Suburban Portland

Park named for loser traitor Jefferson Davis, who was unjustly spared from hanging by misguided moderates.

confederatesPortland-area Confederates

Finally, 150 years after the South lost its war against being forced to consider darker-pigmented humans as human, burning the Confederate flag has become a popular mode of protest. Twitter, Facebook and op-ed pages lit up late last week with photos of people burning the stars and bars, sparked by outrage over the fact that South Carolina would not lower its Confederate flag even after an evil hell-bound bastard motivated by the Confederate cause shot nine Christian African-Americans in their church. South Carolina, as students of American history will remember, is among the proven-inferior states that lost a war with the better states north of them. South Carolina hasn’t quite gotten over the fact that they’re shitbags who quit fighting a war they could never win, then begged the victors for mercy before full justice was served only to secretly continue their treason by reestablishing a system of institutional racism that continues to this very day. Now, some people have finally decided that it’s a good time to toast up this loser flag. (Full disclosure: I’ve been burning Confederate flags for a decade and I have a framed photo of the great martyr John Brown on my desk.)

Jefferson Davis Park in Ridgefield

But here’s something you probably don’t know unless you have been watching our news partners at KATU: There is still a confederate flag flying high in the Portland metro area. It’s at Jefferson Davis “Park,” a roadside memorial to the traitor who tried to escape justice by dressing as a woman and attempting to sneak out of his fallen racist empire that sits in Ridgefield, an exurban community north of the Portland suburb of Vancouver best known for its amphitheater.

The “park” is on private property, and was intended to pay tribute to the cowardly traitor loser Jefferson Davis, who formerly had a whole highway named for him.
The local group honoring dead, war-losing racists responded to the KATU story by posting several statements to their Facebook page including:

The reporter’s ignorance of history is laughable… An interesting fact is that the NAACP has been attacking us since 1991 and have made it their main goal to eradicate this country of all Confederate war memorials, flags, statues, and even removal of Confederate cemeteries. We will never give up on defending our heritage and the truth.

The war was not fought over Slavery, which has been proven to be true over and over again. It was all related to the tariff and State vs National power. The South simply wanted to be left alone, but the United States wouldn’t allow it to be free.

It has come to our attention that you are somehow trying to tie our organization and our park, to the tragedy in Charleston. The SCV does not condone acts of violence against anyone because of their race, religious beliefs or national origins. To imply in your report that we hold those beliefs because we fly the flags of the Confederacy is a great offense against our organization and our membership… We are strictly a Veteran heritage organization, who’s mission is to honor and defend the Confederate Soldiers good name, defend our heritage and present the true history of the South to future generations. We are deeply troubled and saddened by what happened in Charleston, South Carolina, and we offer our prayers and support for the families of the victims. This is yet another example of racial intolerance and hate by one twisted individual that sadly lead to such a horrific event. The Sons of Confederate Veterans is against all forms of racial intolerance. Jefferson Davis Park was established in 2007. The Park proudly displays both of the Jefferson Davis Highway 99 markers, which until 15 years ago, were located in Vancouver and Blaine, Washington. The Jefferson Davis Highway system stretched from east coast to west coast, and later headed north to the Canadian Border. Our Park is in honor of Jefferson Davis and his significant role in forming the system of protective coastal forts in the Pacific Northwest as US Secretary of War under President Franklin Pierce. We also honor him for his role as President of the Confederate States of America. We fly the National Flags of the Confederacy out of respect for President Davis and our Confederate ancestors.

Lest you believe any of that bullshit about honoring heritage generally, here’s video of the group talking about how the war was fought to avoid “tyranny” and “pride in your people.”
Oh, and their plans is to have Confederate license plates issued by the state of Oregon. Which the group’s leader says “should be easy.”

When you fight a war and lose, it is customary to take your racist flag down and shut your damned mouth.

 

SCV Camp 458 Commander and Pacific NW Division Commander, respond to KATU news article.

Mr. Douglass,

It has come to our attention that you are somehow trying to tie our organization and our park, to the tragedy in Charleston. The SCV does not condone acts of violence against anyone because of their race, religious beliefs or national origins.  To imply in your report that we hold those beliefs because we fly the flags of the Confederacy is a great offense against our organization and our membership.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans and Jefferson Davis Park, are a 501c3 non-profit organization and we are not associated with any other groups or organizations. We are non-political and anti-Racist.
Established in 1896, the Sons of Confederate Veterans is the oldest Confederate Veterans Organization in the world. We are strictly a Veteran heritage organization, who’s mission is to honor and defend the Confederate Soldiers good name, defend our heritage and present the true history of the South to future generations.
We are deeply troubled and saddened by what happened in Charleston, South Carolina, and we offer our prayers and support for the families of the victims. This is yet another example of racial intolerance and hate by one twisted individual that sadly lead to such a horrific event.  The Sons of Confederate Veterans is against all forms of racial intolerance.
Jefferson Davis Park was established in 2007. The Park proudly displays both of the Jefferson Davis Highway 99 markers, which until 15 years ago, were located in Vancouver and Blaine, Washington. The Jefferson Davis Highway system stretched from east coast to west coast, and later headed north to the Canadian Border.
Our Park is in honor of Jefferson Davis and his significant role in forming the system of protective coastal forts in the Pacific Northwest as US Secretary of War under President Franklin Pierce. We also honor him for his role as President of the Confederate States of America. We fly the National Flags of the Confederacy out of respect for President Davis and our Confederate ancestors.

Sincerely,
Commander Erik Ernst
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Pacific NW Division

Commander Thomas Vincent
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Col. Isaac W. Smith Camp 458
Portland, OR.