by: the Common Constitutionalist
Everyone who isn’t talking about the finish at the U.S. Open, it seems is talking or writing about the controversy that appears once again to pit left against right. I’m talking about South Carolina continuing to fly the Confederate flag.
When I was attending the University of South Carolina in the capital Columbia, I ventured downtown frequently and can honestly say I never noticed the Confederate flag there, although it must have been.
When I was a kid, I distinctly recall owning a Confederate flag. I don’t remember where I got it, who gave it to me, or what happened to it, but I know I had one. As it turns out, it didn’t cause me to hate blacks, become a white supremacist or shoot up at church, but I digress.
Politicians, some pundits and presidential candidates who think they can attempt to ride the fence by dancing around the topic are saying the decision to fly the CSA flag is up to South Carolinians. In other words, they either haven’t the knowledge to speak of it, which is sad, or the courage to say, which is more sad, or both.
Well this right-winger, never shying away from expressing my opinion, has one on this subject also and it may surprise some.
I say to take it down and leave it down. The flag of the Confederate States of America has no place flying on the grounds of any state capital. I realize that South Carolina state law mandates it and that it must fly a maximum of 300 feet from the capital, but so what.
Revoke the law, or like Obama does, Gov. Nikki Haley can just decree it. “So let it be written – so let it be done.”
Yes the flag is a symbol of slavery to be sure, being that in order to become part of the CSA, a state must have been a slave state, but the Confederacy was not about an insurrection and the South did not wish to conquer the North. It was clear they wished to secede from the Union and form their own country, much like Europe – separate countries sharing a common geography.
Therefore, by extension, the Confederate flag was for all intents and purposes, to be the flag of another nation.
Now I don’t know if there are state or federal laws governing this, but the convention is to not regularly fly the flag of another nation. Do so on special occasions, such as a visit from a dignitary, but not every day. I think we can all agree on that.
And with that said, I find it interesting that some of the same lefties who are complaining about flying the CSA flag seem not to mind that the Mexican flag is proudly displayed in many cities across America.
Last year in Ocala Florida, a small business man was threatened with fines for flying the Gadsden flag. For those unfamiliar, the Gadsden is the “Don’t Tread on Me,” coiled snake flag. It is not another nation’s flag nor is it derogatory. In fact Gadsden was designed by a Continental Army General and used before the American flag even existed. You could say it was the original American battle flag.
Still, at the same time this poor man is being threatened, several businesses in Ocala proudly fly the Mexican flag, and in some cases, it’s flown above the stars and stripes, which is a clear violation.
But those on the left who are having a collective coronary over the Confederate flag, don’t appear to bat an eye when it comes to the Mexican flag. Gee – I wonder why.
I don’t think it’s right to fly the CSA flag, any more than it’s right to fly the Mexican flag or the flag of Turkmenistan.
I love the South. Part of my family’s heritage is southern, but honestly – take the flag down. You lost – time to get over it. The South will not rise again.