By all means remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House de facto outdoor museum grounds, if for no other reason than to see what totem will be the next device used by Democrats to try and paint Republicans as racist per se and themselves as paragons of racial virtue.
This native gamecock of South Carolina’s first thought after first hearing of the Charleston Church Shooting was my recent debate with death penalty opponents, most of whom were Democrats and many of whom were South Carolinians, in which I advocated for capital punishment only in rare heinous cases. I had hoped that the first reaction from liberal Democrat death penalty absolutists would be to re-visit their absolutism.
But no, the first priority of too many Democrats upon learning last Wednesday that Dylann Roof had murdered nine members of Charleston, South Carolina’s historic Emmanuel AME Church, was to re-visit the A.D. 2000 compromise signed off on by all parties and races, which removed the Confederate Flag from a position of sovereignty atop the State House Dome to the grounds next to its Confederate Memorial.
In lieu of calls to expedite the manufacture and delivery of drugs for lethal injection that pass U.S. Supreme court muster or even calls for capital punishment in the Roof case proper, Democrats have attempted not only to disown the Confederate flag anew but also re-write history attempting to assign its existence to the Party of Lincoln.
Whoa! Democrats own the Stars and Bars lock, stock and barrel, from its historical advocacy of slavery, secession and Jim Crow. It also owns the continuing advocacy of race-based laws anathema to the U.S. Constitution as amended, under the guise of reverse discrimination.
And Lincoln’s Grand Old Republican Party? It was created specifically to abolish slavery. It went on elect Abraham Lincoln, re-elected him to finish off the Democrats’ confederacy of rebels in the War Bewteen the States that Democrats started by bombing Charleston’s Fort Sumter, and passed the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to abolish involuntary servitude and ensure equal protection of the laws, due process and voting rights. Meanwhile Democrats invented separate but (not) equal, Jim Crow segregation and poll taxes and literacy tests as they opposed Republican-passed civil rights, pro-voting and anti-lynching laws until 1964 as well.
Since 1964, Democrats have demonized Republicans for opposing welfare rules that kicked the black man out of the house and made Uncle Sam daddy and other devices to satisfy their mis-applied White Guilt and Selma envy for those liberals too young to march over truly dangerous bridges.
Democrats over the past several days since the Charleston Church Shooting have falsely alleged that it is “courageous” for Republicans to come out for removing the flag from the State House grounds and one in particular stated to me that he didn’t know that, “white guys our age can really get a sense of what that flag means to our black brethren.”
It isn’t and we can.
Firstly, please do NOT consider this “White” middle-aged Republican Sandlapper as requiring courage to favor removal of the flag nor suggest that race has anything to do with an ability to understand the evils of slavery, secession, treason, hate-group appropriation of battle flags, etc. Secondly, please don’t condescend to suggest that Blacks who have never been slaves can’t separate history or symbols of former governments from the majority of white South Carolina citizens in Charleston and the state writ large that elected Tim Scott to the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. Please.
For the record, not that anything more than logic and reason should suffice, my family was instrumental in integrating Little league, Cub Scouts and other institutions in the Palmetto State beginning in the late 1960s and early 1970s. I was a Democrat Party activist and official for all of my adult life until my 2001 conservative epiphany, mainly due to successful Reaganite Republican economic policies that helped the poor and middle class and disgust with Democrat racial identity politics that treat Blacks and other minorities as if they were victim-dependent children, required that I switch to the GOP. As a teenager I banned the wearing of the Rebel Flag from my first car and think that the “Lost Cause” for which my own great-great-grandfather reluctantly fought, was among the worst causes any army ever fought for, i.e. to preserve the right to own slaves. The South started the war for fear they would soon lose that right and to extend it westward. I knew many racists that displayed the flag in the 70s. Not many since. And know many that are not racists that revere the Confederate heroes of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. I live near Stone Mountain of Georgia.
But understand that removing the Confederate flag from its still-prominent position at a major Columbia traffic intersection has zero to do with circumstances that led to the mass murder in my beloved home state last week, nor with securing justice for its victims, their families and the South Carolina, Southern and American families of which we and they are all a part. But it would remove the latest totem from the pantheon of avoidance devices the Democratic Party uses to avoid discussing truth and real justice rather than their faux “social” justice variety.
South Carolina has already shown the nation, twice this year already, how NOT to react when a person of one race/skin color kills persons of another race/skin color: We don’t riot like they do in other parts of the nation.
Now we have the opportunity to show people what actual justice looks like with a fair trial to determine guilt and hopefully, after a lawful conviction of the alleged confessor, a successful imposition of the ultimate penalty for purposes of deterrence (as best can be hoped for) and to exhibit how precious we consider the lives of each and everyone of us, but especially those precious souls who left behind such exemplary fellow worshipers of Jesus Christ at Emmanuel AME in Charleston.
My usual signature line since 2001 has been a quote attributed to fellow South Carolinian, former President Andrew Jackson, that “one man with courage makes a majority.” Still true, but advocating the removal of the Confederate Flag is not such a moment for which courage is required. Moreover, we do NOT wish for any new law to require that the Stars and Bars be displayed per se at any particular museum operated by the state.
Truck stops display them for sale ad nauseum. History is. Deal with it all, then proudly fly the Palmetto State’s flag that highlights the logs that withstood British cannon balls long enough for Washington’s Continental Army to get its act together for America to be Independent.