November Scalawag

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The Three Stooges

Peecee-three city commissioners sell out

Do these same people argue over how many angels can dance on the head of a pin? Some people obviously have way too much time on their hands. With all the real problems in our country today, it sure seems petty to keep fussing about the Confederate battle flag.

Steve Szkotak: "The Associated Press notes that the City of Lexington, Virginia, voted Sept. 1, 2011, to ban the flying of any flag other than those of the United States, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or the City itself from city property. That measure is notable for the fact that General Robert E. Lee lies down the hill from Lexington City Hall in Lee Chapel at Washington & Lee University, and Stonewall Jackson lies in a nearby cemetery."


Like it or not, the Confederate flag is and always will remain a part of history. It represents hundreds of thousands of our Southern forebears killed by such invading federal troops as pyromaniac Sherman and his thugs. Since the Confederate States of America had seceded (actually adopted a C.S.A. Constitution that outlawed slavery before the U.S. did) and was a separate nation for approximately twelve years (sucked back into the Union in the early 1870s), honoring the memory of soldiers and civilians who faithfully served in the Confederate military and laid down their lives for their homes and families is seen by many as a reasonable thing to do.

Contrary to what some are saying, the Lexington ordinance does not affect private displays. Confederate flags will continue to hang in the Chapel, on the fraternity houses and, frankly, on just about any surface you can see. Young men will leave flags on Traveller’s gravestone and in the family crypt.

Nearly 20 years ago, Lexington fought this fight, proposing to ban the display of the Confederate battle flag in a parade honoring General Jackson. The ACLU intervened on behalf of the marchers and took the city to court.

The main thing that will change in Lexington is that Confederate flags will no longer adorn the utility poles in downtown Lexington for Lee-Jackson Day.

Associated Press: "After a lively 2 1/2- hour public hearing, the Lexington City Council voted 4-1 to allow only U. S., Virginia and city flags to be flown.

"Mimi Knight, watching from a wrought iron fence as the flags passed, said she thought the city ordinance seemed too restrictive, noting that it also extended to flags from Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University. Both colleges are in the city.

“‘These are the things that make Lexington what it is,’ said Knight, who didn’t participate in the rally.’The Confederate flag is part of our heritage."