Confederate flag meaning is more than political

September 4, 2010

Let’s cut out all the extraneous dialogue between Randy Hamby, Jim Meyer, Robert Nordlander and me concerning the cause of the Civil War and whether or not one should take pride in waving the Confederate flag.

Mr. Meyer, Mr. Nordlander and I each pointed out the historical inaccuracies of Mr. Hamby’s history lesson, but what none of us pointed out is what the question is really about.

Simply put, if Mr. Hamby’s assertion is correct that the war was fought merely because of a philosophical political disagreement; i.e., the founders intended that the real power of government should be in the hands of the politicians in Madison and not with the politicians in Washington, D.C., and that the war was not the result of racial inequality, then case closed. Mr. Hamby prevails.

In that case, the Confederate flag represents an innocent difference of opinion between reasonable people as to just where real power should sit within our system of shared powers.

If, however, one admits the obvious, that the South fought mainly to preserve the culture that kept human beings to be treated as farm animals, then the Confederate flag takes on a disgraceful taint.

I don’t believe that it’s a coincidence that the Confederate flag has been taken out of mothballs since the election of the first black man to be elected as president of the United States.

Many of us know that the Confederate flag has been used as a symbol through out the Jim Crow era, up until today to say, "Let’s keep those uppity folks in their place."

Mr. Obama got too uppity and now these flags are popping up to emphasize that point.

Miles Vander Molen,
Appleton