You can hear the gears turning in Simpson's head, coming up with what he imagines to be a "Gotcha!"
"But it's supposed to be about honoring soldiers, not Southern pride."
Oh, but Southern pride is rooted in our respect for and honor of Confederate soldiers. After the war, when the South was an isolated and despised sub-culture, that respect and honor for the soldiers expanded to include the region and its culture that they fought for. By the time my generation came along, it was a deeply embedded facet of Southern identity.
That's why there has been such an outpouring of support for the flag since the most recent phase of the hate-and-destroy campaign against it following the tragic shooting in Charleston.
Despite the decades of effort to smear the Confederacy and turn people against its best-known flag, the response to the hate-and-destroy campaign shows just how deep the love for the South's heritage runs, and just how tenacious is Southern pride.
You can see it in the spontaneous demonstrations -- rallies, rides and other events -- that have sprung up across the South. I've collected just a few video links...(There are lots more than this. LOTS more.) I know this has to be distressing to the floggers and their followers who despise the Confederacy and everyone who remembers and honors it. Too bad...
Everybody else, enjoy!
Ft. Oglethorpe, GA Pt 1
Ft. Oglethorpe, GA Pt 2
**In the early 2000s, polls consistently found a 60 to 70 percent favorable rating for the flag. The current 57% figure comes after a constant, down-and-dirty, decades-long campaign of smearing the flag and denigrating everything to do with it by the NAACP, assorted leftists and a complicit media. All that work, effort, lying for a 3% drop... ha.