"Confederate heritage deserves better …" Brooks D. Simpson
Like he cares about Confederate heritage and what it deserves.
Also from Simpson:
"But what has happened at the Confederate War Memorial Chapel … and what has not happened … testifies to the ineffectiveness of Confederate heritage groups and their failure to take meaningful action to protect what they claim to prize so dearly."Actually, what it testifies to is the existence of the war on Confederate heritage being waged by an assortment of rich, left-leaning politicians, by business and industry, public and private societal groups (like the VMFA, NAACP, ) and those who control and manipulate the populace with the enormously powerful weapon of popular culture (film, TV, books, music, etc.)
By contrast, heritage folks are volunteers and their activism is funded by donations from people who, for the most part, are far from rich.
It's a one-sided battle right now, and heritage is taking a lot of hits. The battle is relatively recent -- begun after, and, to some extent, because of -- the civil rights movement and the rise of political correctness in the latter half of the 20th century. But fighting back is a long, arduous undertaking; the tide will not turn and results will not be seen for a long time.
Generally speaking, heritage folks are political and cultural conservatives. Demonstrations, protests, sit ins, (and, as we've recently seen, riots) are left-liberal activities. Conservatives basically did not publicly demonstrate until the rise of the Tea Party (less than a decade ago). Political conservatives and heritage folks are both having to learn how to protest, and what to augment it with behind the scenes. We're way behind the leftists in this area, and one reason left-libs are so outraged at the Tea Party AND the Flaggers is because they have dared to appropriate a method that was once the prerogative of the left.
But there's another reason why members of the left-leaning world of academia and their allies are so viscerally infuriated with the Virginia Flaggers. The Flaggers are re-awakening a trait in the South that has gone underground since the mid-20th century -- a trait liberals and leftists can't stand.
A huge component of Southern pride is Confederate heritage.
That is why leftists hate, lie about, denigrate, harass and persecute the Virginia Flaggers, who are doing so much to restore that pride. The last thing leftists want to see is the reappearance and rise of Southern pride -- of Southerners proudly honoring their Confederate ancestors and the legacy they left us.
Too bad what leftists want. The resurgence of Southern pride grows bigger and stronger with each passing week, month, year...