Let me state upfront that I agree with removing the Confederate flag (so called) from any place where it would look like the United States government is endorsing the flag and what it stood for back in the day. I don’t believe you’ll find the Nazi flag flying in Germany. This commentary most closely aligns with how I feel about the flag.
A Little History Never Hurt Anyone
But we need to get a few things straight. The flag of this controversy is not the Confederate national flag. Most people think it is, but then most people can’t name the men on our currency—people do not know history. The flag at the center of this overblown controversy is the Confederate battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia. The flag in dispute is more accurately labeled the “rebel flag.” Yes, it is a Confederate flag, but I’m a stickler for accuracy on things.
If, like me, you live in Georgia, the Confederate national flag should look familiar, given that the Georgia state flag is very similar—the irony is that the flag was changed to remove the Confederate battle flag only to end up resembling the Confederate national flag—history can be fun and interesting!
Georgia is not alone. The Mississippi state flag is the most obvious “tribute” to the Confederate battle flag, while Florida’s flag’s red cross could also be modeled on the battle flag.
Knee Jerk Reaction
Though I agree with taking down the battle flag at such places as the capitol grounds in South Carolina and I’d advocate it’s removal from the Mississippi State flag, I think we’ve been swept up in knee jerk reaction by the intolerant left. Here’s why I think that:
- Apple has removed any merchandise from iTunes and it’s App store that features the battle flag (unless it’s educational), yet you can still buy songs that promote white supremacy, mistreatment of women, etc.
- Amazon has also removed such merchandise, yet one can buy Nazi Germany books, paraphernalia, along with the writings of Hitler, Mao, Lenin and Stalin.
- There are people who are calling for the removal of Confederate statues from parks and public areas. So, the next time you visit Gettysburg, the battle will be one sided as all references to the Confederates will be erased.
Where Does It End?
You may think I’m an alarmist and it will never come to that—but I ask you to keep in mind that this all erupted over one crazed individual who committed a horrible crime, who also posed for photos with the battle flag. I acknowledge that this issue has been smoldering for years upon years, but we would not be discussing this if not for that act.
So, shall we remove George Washington and Thomas Jefferson from our currency? They owned slaves and Jefferson even had an affair with one (or more) of his slaves. Should we tear down their memorials? If we’re going to take down memorials of men like Robert E. Lee, then why not Jefferson and Washington? U.S. Grant (president, adorns the $50) was no saint either, so take him off the currency. Same with Andrew Jackson, Benjamin Franklin, etc. In fact let’s take them all off and replace them with fictional characters of our own making so they’ll fit the politically correct quotient.
Or what of John F. Kennedy? Where’s the outcry from the National Organization for Women? I mean he treated women like things for his enjoyment. Should we tear down his memorials? Remove him from the 50¢ piece?
History Is Important
I heard someone once say that the Bible is the only ancient manuscript that contains everything—warts and all. Other civilizations removed any thing from their history that made them look bad. But, not the Bible. There’s Abraham lying about his wife Sarah (twice), David committing adultery and murder, etc. The point is that, yes, we’ve had some ugliness in our history. But, it’s our history and if we sanitize it, we will lose our meaning as a nation. I agree with Carly Fiorina who recently stated, “…a nation that forgets its history, loses its soul.”