====================July 26, 2015
Is the Battle Flag More Fun?
By Richard F. Miniter
Why is the left is so intent upon removing the Confederate battle flag from public display? After all, everybody knows that outside a handful of skinheads, people don’t display the Confederate battle flag in order to celebrate America’s “original sin.” We’re long past slavery. Well, not the race hustlers like “they’re going to put y’all back in chains” Joe Biden or his boss – not to mention perennial White House guest and tax cheat Al Sharpton and spiritual counselor to presidents Jesse Jackson. But, by and large, everybody else is past slavery.
Then there’s the point where the campaign may backfire – indeed, wind up infusing the Confederate battle flag with a new and more powerful meaning. After all, there’s a towering example in what happened when the Confederates, refusing to leaving well enough alone, fired on the Stars and Stripes at Fort Sumter.
Yet the left is resolved. And the real reason is not all that difficult to puzzle out. Indeed, Richard Fausset puts his finger on it at the New York Times (July 7, 2015) when he writes that the Confederate battle flag is “a revered symbol, not only of the Confederate dead, but of a unique regional identity.”
That “unique regional identity” is a fork in the liberal’s eye. Liberals have somehow gotten their teeth into the idea that if they can destroy the Confederate battle flag, it will go a long ways toward getting the South to shut up, to abandon that unique regional identity. Not all at once – not even the most fervent de Blasio supporter or dug in Marin County Socialist would hope for that. But at least start chipping away at the South’s pantheon of heroes, its foundation myth, its speech, its cooking, its music, its literature, and its engrained and peculiar affection for the Christian religion and ornery individuals.
But much more importantly, ever so much more importantly, liberals hope that if you take that flag away, the South can be made to begin shedding its abiding esteem for bravery, property rights, guns, business, and traditional families... (Complete article here. http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/07/is_the_battle_flag_more_fun.html)
Worth the read, folks....