COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., July 1, 2015—In the wake of the shooting of black Christians in Charleston at an historic church, many have started a cultural jihad against “the Confederate flag.” It began with an attack on the flag flying at the South Carolina capitol and has descended to TVLAND stopping reruns of The Dukes of Hazzard.
Enough is enough. Time to set the record straight and teach a little vexillology to the poor benighted cultural jihadists.
This is the first official flag of the Confederate States of America:
It was known as the “Stars and Bars.” At the Battle of Bull Run, Confederate General P. G. T. Beauregard found that the flag was too similar to the United States’ flag. Subsequently, the Army of Northern Virginia adopted the flag which was flying at the South Carolina capitol:
The flag is square with a white border. It is also known as the Confederate Battle Flag. The Army of Tennessee adopted the same design in a rectangular form—the most popular and common form.
To summarize, those who say this flag represents the bravery and sacrifice of the Confederate soldier are not just sharing their “opinion,” they are stating fact. This is the truth.
If one is looking for a symbol of oppression, look no further than the Second Confederate flag, adopted in 1863:
This flag uses the Battle Flag in the upper canton in the same way that the U.S. National flag uses stars on a blue field. According to the designer, William T. Thompson, “As a people we are fighting maintain the Heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race; a white flag would thus be emblematical of our cause.”
This is a flag that ought to be banned—but it wasn’t being used anyway. From a protocol standpoint, the State flag should be flying at the capitol. That the Confederate Battle Flag was flying is thus an optional choice that the state itself decided to remove.
That flag, also known as the Rebel flag, represents rebellion and the South’s belief that they were fighting a second war of independence from a tyrannical North. That’s a viewpoint that Yankee liberals neither understand nor accept, but it is real.
If South Carolina wants to show that it still believes in liberty, then they might replace that battle flag with one from the 1776 Revolution:
This flag, familiar from Tea Party rallies, was designed by Col. Christopher Gadsden of the Charleston militia and almost reached the status of a national flag before the Betsy Ross flag was adopted. It is widely used as a symbol of liberty throughout the country, not just in the South.
Leftist radicals don’t care about history or the truth but most Americans do. Now you know the whole story and you can decided for yourself whether two teenage boys driving around in an orange car with a Confederate battle flag on top represents a spirit of oppression or of freedom.