I wonder if it’s the liberal politician’s strategy to just wear us all out when it comes to the Confederate flag? When they are at a loss for issues and causes they always have two agendas. One is the economy, the other, race baiting. I have written in previous articles about how the Confederate flag as a racist symbol is a myth.

During the War Between the States, 13,000 black Americans fought for the South, 65,000 served in the Confederate Army either directly or indirectly, and at the end of the war the Confederate government had made plans to allow the enlistment of 300,000 black Americans.

So why is the Confederate flag viewed as racist? Most believe that it is the flag’s association with the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists groups. The truth is that hate groups more often utilize the United States flag more than any other and sometimes exclusively. But do we hear any calls to replace the U.S. flag, no of course not. Why? Because people easily believe that those using the United States flag at white supremacy rallies do not represent the majority of Americans. So why is it so hard to believe that those who use the Confederate flag at the same rallies do not represent the majority of Southerners?

I can think of a couple of reasons. The first is the political correctness movement. The other is the Democratic Party. Political correctness calls for diversity, period. Any sense of individuality is not tolerated. Political correctness calls for everyone to think alike and the media and Hollywood have embraced this.

The Democratic Party has also embraced political correctness. I recall someone once saying that the difference between Conservatives and Liberals is this. Liberals defend group’s rights. Conservatives defend the rights of individuals. In other words liberals are socialist, there is no room for regional pride, or individual pride, everyone must think alike. The Democratic Party has been race baiting for years. It’s how they divide the vote. They portray their party as the party that protects minorities. Meanwhile, one of their most respected Senators, Robert Byrd is a former Klan member, but nothing is said about that. It’s too bad nothing is said, for I am sure he could tell us what kind of flag was used during Klan rallies he attended. I bet the answer would be embarrassing to the media and the Democrats.

There are two Democrats that I am particularly tired of. St. Louis’s mayor, Francis Slay and Richard Gephardt. Both I am ashamed to say are from my home state of Missouri. Mayor Slay decided a couple of years ago that there is no longer room for the Georgia State flag or the Mississippi state flag in St. Louis’s City Hall because of the racists symbols on them (the Confederate Flag.).

This past week Democratic representative and presidential hopeful, Richard Gephardt launched his own assault on the Confederate Flag. While campaigning in South Carolina Gephardt stated that the Confederate flag was "a hurtful, divisive symbol and in my view has no place flying anywhere, in any state in this country."

Mayor Slay and Representative Gephardt have only shown their ignorance with the actions they have taken. For it is quite apparent that they do not know the history of Missouri’s own state flag. The state seal that appears on the current state flag, is the same state seal that appeared on the battle flag of the Missouri State Guard. (Missouri’s army loyal to the South).

Am I the only one who sees the hypocrisy in the actions of these two Missouri politicians? Gephardt and Slay have no problem condemning the states of South Carolina, Mississippi and Georgia, but at the same time they refuse to acknowledge Missouri’s Confederate past. I don’t think they ever will either. But just in case they do, I offer them this quote from Missouri Confederate congressman Thomas Snead, in defense of our fine flag.

"In all their motley array there was hardly a uniform to be seen, and then, and throughout all the brilliant campaign on which they were about to enter there was nothing to distinguish their officers, even a general, from the men in the ranks, save a bit of red flannel, or a piece of cotton cloth, fastened to the shoulder, or to the arm, of the former. But for all that, they were the truest and best of soldiers… Among them there was hardly a man who could not read and write, and who was not more intelligent than the great mass of American citizens; not one who had not voluntarily abandoned his home with all its tender ties, and thrown away all his possessions, and left father and mother, or wife and children, within the enemy’s lines, that he might himself stand by the South in her hour of great peril, and help her to defend her fields and her firesides. And among them all there was not a man who had come forth to fight for slavery."

– Clint E. Lacy
clintandmichelle@earthlink.net