For the record, the Confederate flag has NOTHING to do with me or with my conservative worldview. I was not born in the South, which makes it easier for me to be able to declare this: but I have never ONCE in my life worn a hat, or a shirt, with the Confederate flag on it or with ANY symbol of the Confederate cause. Nor have I ever been near enough to be photographed – even inadvertently – standing next to any such flag or symbol.
So as for the banning of the Confederate flag, I say, “We should have banned that damn flag in 1865 as a symbol of a vicious rebellion that consumed the lives of as many Americans as all the rest of our wars put together.”
When I was in the Army, I remember being invited to a party at a home in Georgia whose owner had proudly displayed a giant Confederate flag in the garage (where most of the party was happening). I’d seen the Confederate flag before, of course, but not so up close. And as I looked at that giant emblem, something welled up inside me. I declined to go in. I didn’t talk or think about race, but said something like, “My flag fought against that flag when that flag rose up in rebellion against my flag, and my flag defeated that flag in a war that that flag started against my flag. That is an enemy flag. I’m not about to honor that flag now.”
I wasn’t upset about the Confederate flag as a “racist symbol” at that time; I was upset about that flag as a statement of rebellion against my country and against the flag that I had pledged allegiance to since I was a kindergartner. And now I was in the armed forces fighting for the same flag that I had pledged allegiance to, and in my heart I would tolerate no rivals to it for my allegiance.
So from my childhood, the Confederate flag has never had anything to do with me or anything that I believed in.
In the spirit of someone who hates the Confederate flag as a patriot, would you like to see a flag that is EVERY SCINTILLA as morally outrageous as the Confederate flag? Here it is and anyone who actually loves America will readily agree with me:
That damned flag represents TREASON and “the fundamental transformation of the United States of America” – which is a euphamism for the “fundamental perversion” of a once-great but now degenerated and depraved country that used to be “one nation, under God” until the president of “God damn America” warped it with his lies.
But let’s talk about race and the Confederate flag.
There’s a line from a great movie called Gettysburg made in 1993, in which a great Civil War hero and Medal of Honor recipient named Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain speaks about the fundamental hypocrisy of the South/Confederacy. It sums up my own thoughts perfectly:
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain: All these thousands of men. Many of them not much more than boys. Each one of them some mother’s son, some sister’s brother, some daughter’s father. Each one of them a whole person loved and cherished in some home far away. Many of them will never return. An army is power. Its entire purpose is to coerce others. This power can not be used carelessly or recklessly. This power can do great harm. We have seen more suffering than any man should ever see, and if there is going to be an end to it, it must be an end that justifies the cost. Now, somewhere out there is the Confederate army. They claim they are fighting for their independence, for their freedom. Now, I can not question their integrity. I believe they are wrong but I can not question it. But I do question a system that defends its own freedom while it denies it to an entire race of men. I will admit it, Tom. War is a scourge, but so is slavery. It is the systematic coercion of one group of men over another. It has been around since the book of Genesis. It exists in every corner of the world, but that is no excuse for us to tolerate it here when we find it right infront of our very eyes in our own country. As God as my witness, there is no one I hold in my heart dearer than you. But if your life, or mine,is part of the price to end this curse and free the Negro, then let God’s work be done.
Slavery is an evil that fundamentally denies the powerful truth of Genesis 1:27:
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
ALL men are created in God’s image. And the position of slavery is implicitly and explicitly a Darwinian view that we all evolved, and in Darwin’s book-title words, some races are “Favoured” over others in “the Struggle for Life” in which the races are all pitted against one another. And I reject that premise utterly and profoundly.
There are a lot on the left who amazingly want to blame that damn Confederate flag on the right and on Republicans. Such people are historically stupid to a degree where they are beneath contempt. Every single state that seceded from the Union and fought the bloodiest and most vicious war against the United States in all of its history WERE DEMOCRAT.
The Democrat Party voted AGAINST Republican Abraham Lincoln and voted for the DEMOCRAT Stephen Douglas ran for president. And the DEMOCRATS seceded from the Union when and because REPUBLICAN Abraham Lincoln won the election.
One of the things that amazes me is how little the Democrat Party has changed since the days when they fought a vicious war for slavery. Consider the identical nature in the debate over abortion that I described shortly after I started this blog back in 2008. In that article, I carefully consider (and copy and paste) Obama’s speech defending abortion and say this:
Obama’s answer essentially is, “We don’t know for sure when life begins, so we should opt for death.”
Let me give an example: Suppose you are in the shower, with shampoo in your eyes, when your five year old says, “Momma, can I kill this?” What do you say? Do you seriously reason, “Well, I don’t know what the ontological status of the thing my little Johnny is talking about is, so I should allow him to make his own decision.” Johnny might be talking about his two-year old brother!
By Obama’s own reasoning, he just may be supporting and even advocating the murder of innocent human beings. The bottom line is, if there is any doubt at all about the status of the unborn, why not opt for the side of life?
The view that the government should be or even can be morally neutral in such a circumstance is simply false. African-Americans ought to be particularly sensitive about this line of reasoning. Allow me to cite an answer by Abraham Lincoln in refuting the view expressed by Stephen Douglas. It is historically fitting that Democrat Stephen Douglas ran for president as the U.S. Senator from Illinois. Douglas said that, although he was personally against the institution of slavery, “popular sovereignty” ought to determine whether slavery was legal or not. In their Sixth Debate at Quincy on October 13, 1858, Lincoln’s famous response to Douglas was:
“So I say again, that in regard to the arguments that are made, when Judge Douglas says he “don’t care whether slavery is voted up or voted down,” whether he means that as an individual expression of sentiment, or only as a sort of statement of his views on national policy, it is alike true to say that he can thus argue logically if he don’t see anything wrong in it; but he cannot say so logically if he admits that slavery is wrong. He cannot say that he would as soon see a wrong voted up as voted down. When Judge Douglas says that whoever or whatever community wants slaves, they have a right to have them, he is perfectly logical, if there is nothing wrong in the institution; but if you admit that it is wrong, he cannot logically say that anybody has a right to do wrong.”
The fact of the matter is that if government permitted blacks to be owned as slaves, it was not taking a neutral position. It was implicitly accepting the view that blacks were less than fully human, and therefore could be owned as property. And if the presuppositions justifying slavery were wrong, then as Lincoln said, one simply could not have “the right to do wrong” – even by popular vote. In the same way, by permitting unborn babies to be aborted, the government is not taking a neutral position. Rather, it is likewise implicitly accepting the view that the unborn are not fully human, and therefore can be regarded essentially as property rather than as persons (property that may be destroyed at will).
There is something else that should be realized: that the right of a woman to choose abortion logically and morally entails the position that fathers do not and should not matter. Abortion trivializes the role of the father.
If the “thing” that is created by intercourse is not in fact a human being and a human person, then why should he be held accountable for what develops 9 months later? It is out of his control by the implicit reasoning of abortion: the woman alone decides. Only if he fathered a child with all the recognition and human dignity of a human being should he be held accountable for fathering a child! If the “right to choose” is up to a woman and a woman alone, then what does the man have to do with it?
Fathers are put in a despicable position by abortion logic: if a woman decides to abort her baby, then the father – by abortion morality – must stand idly by while his own child is put to death, and even approve of the killing. If, on the other hand, the woman decides to keep her baby, then a father is held to the duty of supporting that child until that child reaches legal adulthood whether he wants to have a child or not. Where is his “right to choose”? Where is his “reproductive freedom”? The father is completely left out of the decision as an insignificant component. Is there any wonder
Just as the institution of slavery pit one group’s rights up against another group’s rights, and then usurps the rights of one group to privilege a hypocritical group of people who usurp other people’s rights in the name of their “freedom” and their “right to choose,” abortion does the identical same thing. A slaveowner should have the right to choose to own slaves – and damn the rights of the poor black person who is now condemned a be a slave; a woman should have the right to choose to kill her baby – and damn the rights of the poor baby who is now condemned to die and damn the rights of the father who is every bit as responsible for that child coming into the world as the mother is.
The same Bible that condemns racism as being anti-God also condemns abortion as being anti-God and states the nature of the unborn:
13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in Your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
17 How precious are Your thoughts about me,[a] O God.
They cannot be numbered!
18 I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
You are still with me!
Democrats haven’t changed their spots in 150 years. Long after fighting and losing a war against Republicans to enslave black people and forcibly keep them on plantations, Democrats began another strategy to voluntarily keep blacks on plantations through a welfare system and through an ideology that implicitly declares that black people don’t have a right to come to conclusions for themselves, but must believe as their “masters” tell them to believe and think and vote as liberal progressive Democrats who put them in chains to begin with.
Abortion is every bit as morally and scientifically wrong as racial slavery is.
Republican Governor Nikki Haley courageously banned the Confederate flag. Let’s see how many DEMOCRAT governors could have done so before her. Since the beginning of the Civil War, 41 of the Governors of the State of South Carolina – including the ENTIRE period of segregation and “separate but equal” status – were DEMOCRATS. Versus eight Republican governors – one of whom finally took down that damned Democrat Party symbol of hate.
Don’t you DARE blame the Confederate flag on Republicans, you lying hypocrite Democrat fascists. Don’t you DARE transpose your symbol of hate onto us. The Confederate flag is the DEMOCRAT PARTY FLAG that the DEMOCRAT PARTY CREATED AND FOUGHT FOR AND KILLED REPUBLICANS UNDER.
Hey, you want a nice contemporary example gift-wrapped with a bow for you? How about this one: guess which president as governor signed into law an act to add a Confederate star on his state flag “to commemorate the Confederate States of America.”
Democrats like Bill and Hillary Clinton are for HELL. And they are for whatever the HELL will give them POWER to keep perverting and depraving everything sacred in this land that was built on trust in God.
And so 150 years later, you DEMOCRATS are still every bit as wicked and as hypocritical and every bit as eager to deprive innocent people of their basic rights and freedoms in the name of your own twisted “rights” as you were in 1865 after good Republicans rose up to defeat you. When Democrats and the residents of Democrat-controlled ideological plantations blame Republicans for the Confederate flag, they are Adolf Hitler blaming the Jews for being the cause of the German defeat in World War One – when any reasonable and moral person would realize that the Republicans are every bit as innocent of the Confederate flag that they literally rose up against and defeated as the Jews were for being responsible for everything Hitler falsely blamed on them.
If black people want to show the same spirit that Republican Governor Nikki Haley displayed in banning the Confederate flag, they would similarly ban black race-based organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Black Congressional Caucus, the National Black Chamber of Commerce, the historically black colleges and universities and the historically black religious denominations.