July 9, 2015
As information emerged regarding Dylann Roof, the suspect in the recent Emanuel AME Church massacre, a Facebook photo surfaced of him with a Confederate flag in the background. Overnight the discussion turned from the actions of one radical racist to the destruction of every Confederate flag in the country. Demands cried out for Southern governors to remove “The Stars and Bars” from their state capitals. Flags that stood as silent sentinels at Confederate monuments for over 100 years are under fire to be removed. Walmart, obviously clueless about their customer base, promptly pulled all products with the image from their shelves; an act just short of slandering Dale Earnhardt. Companies immediately stopped production of the highly offensive flag, while continuing to manufacture and sell Nazi flags. Suddenly a flag became the target for Dylann's racism, giving people an insignificant object to attack and a feeling of effectiveness in the cause against racism.
One of the most ridiculous moves happened at TVLand. The executives of the channel took The Dukes of Hazzard out of their lineup because the Dixie Flag rode prominently on the roof of the Duke boys' iconic Charger. Anyone who grew up in the late 1970’s was glued to the TV every Friday night to see how “two good ol’ boys” were going to escape from the corrupt dealings of Boss Hogg and Sheriff Coltrane. Bo and Luke Duke raced along the dirt roads of Hazzard County in an orange Dodge Charger nicknamed “The General Lee” with a big “01” on the doors and a Confederate flag on top. I was in love with Bo and every red blooded American boy was enamored with Daisy Duke and her famous cutoff jeans. A television show that was innocent and fun entertainment overnight turned into a supposed recruitment tool for racists. Even Warner Brothers began removing the flag on their toys of the famous General Lee car that had raked in money for the company thirty years after the show left the air.
People are acting like the flag is causing hate. Do they honestly think that removing it is going to solve racism? Not once did I watch Bo slide across the hood of the General Lee and think, “Man, that flag really makes me hate black people.” I was too busy trying to figure out who sewed him into those tight blue jeans.
The simple fact is, this is a pathetic attempt for people to perceive they are doing something about racism, declaring to the world they themselves are not racist, when in fact they accomplish nothing. Such knee jerk reactions prevent society from addressing the real issue and cause of the problem. Instead it allows for the coverup of the true story of the flag and the history behind it. Which, for those in power, is the goal.
To be honest, I personally am not that offended by the Confederate Flag. I’ve always seen it as a symbol of Southern pride, just like the majority of Americans recently polled, standing proudly as the backdrop to Lynyrd Skynyrd and their brand of Southern rock. I certainly don’t associate it with racism. Perhaps that’s because the public schools failed to indoctrinate me. You see, the reason the Flag of Dixie has to go is it reveals the history of the Democratic Party. Eliminate the flag and you remove the truth the Democrats want secret because they have been rewriting the truth about the Civil War ever since it ended.
Progressive Democrats began hiding their support for slavery by claiming the Civil War had nothing to do with slavery. They maintain Abraham Lincoln had no ambitions to free the slaves, even though his famous debates against Senator Stephen Douglas made it clear that his intention was to free the slaves. The rewriting of history claims Lincoln went to war with the South simply because those states seceded. The reason put forth is that the Union refused to let the tariffs and taxes they collected from the Southern states go. Articles and school textbooks argue that the Southern states believed they had the constitutional right to withdrawal from the Union over tariffs. These people that are rewriting history are the same ones demanding the removal of the Confederate flag. Some go as far as demanding the removal of war monuments, statues and memorials of Southern leaders. If these things are so offensive and racist, then they are clearly admitting the Civil War was in fact about slavery and not about unfair taxes.
What they carefully sidestep around and ignore in their argument is WHY the South seceded. Liberty, you know from several of my letters that Lincoln was not only very passionate about ending slavery, the abolitionist movement was the entire basis for the formation of the Republican Party, which officially organized this week in 1854. In their declarations to secede, Southern states make it very clear they believed in white supremacy and their right to have slaves. If Democrats hide the Dixie Flag and other Confederate memorabilia, there are many other truths they can hide as well.
Liberal Progressives are trying desperately to dump their sinful past on the GOP. If my party were responsible for the advancement of slavery, the persecution of Negros, the formation of the Ku Klux Klan, I would want to rewrite history too. They want people to believe that the Republican Party, the party that developed specifically and purely to end slavery, was responsible for Southern racism. Democrats can’t let the truth out that it was the first Republican president that freed the slaves and that whites along side blacks in the North actually went to war to give slaves their freedom. The Democrat Party can’t let today’s youth know the true history of their party. Liberty, as the Bible says, “The truth shall set you free,” so here we go.
The President of the Confederate States, Jefferson Davis, was a Democrat from Mississippi. While Republicans were championing the fight to end slavery, the Confederate States were governed by Democrats, who designed the very flag that is now being bashed. Davis, along with most other Democrats, continued to believe that Negros were inferior to whites till the day he died. Now we begin to see why the Democrat’s history must be rewritten.
After the war, Republicans gained control of Congress and went to work. The 13th Amendment banning slavery was passed in Congress with 100% Republican Party support and only 30% Democrat support. Republicans moved forward pushing forth legislation such as the Civil Rights Act of 1866 that protected the rights of the newly freed slaves only to be blocked at every move by Democrat President Andrew Johnson. Despite his veto, Republicans were able to override his objection and made the bill giving citizenship rights to Negros law. Republicans continued by passing the 14th Amendment which guaranteed due process and equal protection of the law to all citizens despite 100% of Democrats voting no. That means Northern Democrats as well as Southern Democrats were against equal protection for blacks. (see America's Voting Record)
Johnson fought the Republican Reconstruction efforts at every turn, defying Congress and enacting policies that allowed former slave states to continue their suppression of Negros through “Black Code” laws. Johnson even declared, “This is a country for white men, and by God, as long as I am President, it shall be a government of white men.” Having enough of Democrat Johnson’s racism, House Republicans impeached Johnson in 1868. His only salvation was the Senate narrowly failed to convict him. Later that year the Democrat Party pushed forward with a national campaign theme of “This is a white man’s country: Let white men rule.”
Blacks were elected to government offices exclusively as Republicans but were often removed unconstitutionally in the South by Democrat controlled State governments. (see The Forgotten Senator and From House Slave To House Of Representatives) In 1870, Republicans gave voting rights to all Americans regardless of race with almost no Democrat support, as well as passing the Civil Rights Act of 1875 with absolutely no Democrat votes. In 1909, black Republican and women’s suffragists Ida Wells and Mary Terrell co-founded the NAACP on the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The organization is now nothing more than a mouthpiece for the Democrat agenda.
It’s not just history over 100 years old that is being rewritten. History is even being lost on living generations that saw it happen. The Civil Rights legislation credited to Democrat President Lyndon Johnson was actually proposed by Republican President Dwight Eisenhower years before and blocked in the Senate by Lyndon Johnson himself. Democrats overwhelmingly opposed it and the legislation was only passed due to almost unanimous support of Republicans. Many Americans today who actually lived through the 50’s and 60’s believe the lie that Johnson and the Democrats were for Civil Rights. Johnson signed the law purely for political reasons as he proudly claimed, “I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.”
As I explained in the letter Birth of a Nation, the offensive and inaccurate movie of the same name described a South where the black man was portrayed as vicious and angry. They were depicted as attacking white men and terrorizing white women. The Ku Klux Klan, or KKK, were characterized as saving the whites in the South from the evils of the freed Negro slaves and were hailed as heroes. The movie quoted writings of then Democrat President Woodrow Wilson and he repaid the honor by making it the first movie ever shown at the White House. The film is credited for reviving the KKK movement, exploding membership in the racist organization that had almost completely dissolved before the movie. It also was a massive boost for the Democrats as the KKK was well known as the strong-arm of the party. After 50 years of equal treatment for blacks, it was Woodrow Wilson who introduced segregation into the Federal Government offices, allowing for the firing of blacks due entirely to their race.
Up until this time the black population was as exclusively Republican as it is Democrat today. Because of Wilson and the effectiveness of this movie, the KKK grew in numbers to a group that affected real change. They persecuted and lynched not only black but white Republicans. The KKK intimidated voters, putting guns to their heads as they entered the voting booth with the threat to vote Democrat or pay with their life. The party has never strayed far from its bigoted roots. A similar tactic was used in Philadelphia during the 2008 election by the New Black Panthers as they stood with clubs in front of polling stations as a form of intimidation.
Today’s Democrats generally use a more subtle form of coercion. Blacks with the audacity to support the Republican Party, such as former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, are verbally flogged and lynched in the media. But Condoleeza’s own words reveal the truth, "The first Republican I knew was my father, and he is still the Republican I most admire. He joined our party because the Democrats in Jim Crow Alabama of 1952 would not register him to vote. The Republicans did. My father has never forgotten that day, and neither have I." Black voters are still intimidated at the voting booth with threats of losing everything if they vote for the evil, racist Republicans. Yet Democrat Party leader Senator Robert Byrd, who was an officer in the KKK until he entered politics and repeatedly used the term “white niggers” on national TV in 2001, still held the respect and admiration of the Democrat Party and the NAACP until the day he died in 2010.
So, to continue their deception, Democrats are demanding the Confederate flag be removed from American history. It is just one more piece of reality they have to bury so they continue their fabrication of their past. Out of sight, out of mind. Republican Governor Nikki Haley took action to remove the Confederate flag from the state capital in South Carolina following the recent uproar. What’s ignored is that Democrat Governor Fritz Hollings was the one who raised it there in the first place in 1962. Similarly, while Governor of Arkansas, former President Bill Clinton signed into law an act celebrating the Confederacy by placing a blue star on Arkansas’ state flag. The Clintons proudly presided over Confederate Flag Day while in the Governor’s Mansion. Today Hillary distances herself from the controversy. Democrat organizations are using the racism of the flag as a fund-raising tool, deceiving uninformed voters into believing that it is Republicans who support the supposed racist flag.
Liberty, know your history so this kind of harmful, dishonest propaganda will never influence you. They have whitewashed the facts hoping no one has the sense to verify the truth.
Since the flag is used by groups like the KKK and the neo-nazis, it does have racist connotations. But the majority of Americans in fact see it as a symbol of Southern pride. Do people have the right to fly it? Absolutely. Should it be removed from state capitals? Probably. Do you have to like the flag? No. But this hysteria over a symbol in our nation’s history is absurd. Canceling reruns of a 30-year-old TV show over it is ridiculous.
By hiding the flag you are denying it’s past, which in turn allows such hatreds to repeat. Focusing on a symbol solves nothing, allowing the real problem to continue. There were 82 shootings resulting in 16 fatalities in Chicago alone this past 4th of July weekend. Most of the bloodshed was directly related to gang and drug violence. I would bet a million dollars not one of the shooters was carrying a Confederate Flag in their hands. They were carrying hate in their hearts.
I’m sure all would be right with the world if all the Confederate flags were replaced with rainbow flags. People cheer a baker or store for refusing to make a cake with a Confederate flag on it, but sue the same person for not making a gay-wedding cake. That says way more about the people and the state of our society than about the baker.
So I propose this. TVLand produce a new Dukes of Hazzard. Bo and Luke are a proud Southern gay couple. They are the ones wearing Daisy Duke shorts and the General Lee is a Prius renamed Mr. Sulu with a Rainbow flag on top. In the first episode the boys’ objective is getting a wedding cake with the Confederate flag on it. Let the hilarity ensue.
That’s my 2 cents.
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