Response to your article


From: grayguns@earthlink.net
To: R_Bateman_LTC@hotmail.com


LTC Bateman,


As I read your article, http://mediamatters.org/altercation/200807020004 about burning the Confederate flag, I came to several conclusions, specifically regarding your inflammatory remarks toward the Confederate flag. Your overall obnoxious tone is befitting of the typical South-bashing Yankee, demonstrating that you were victimized by your government-school, taxpayer subsidized education in which U.S. History has been completely rewritten by Yankees, or at least Yankees philosophically, like yourself.


And from an active-duty military prospective, your article violates the Department of Defense Equal Employment Opportunity policy regarding discrimination. As a Southerner and retired Marine enlisted man, I would have serious concerns about your leadership and authority if I served in your command and read such diatribes. Since my “national origin” is the South, and my ancestors served honorably for the Confederate States of America, the comments in your article show contempt for my ancestry and origin thereby creating a hostile workplace – another violation of the EEO policy.


Now, whether you like it or not, the Confederate flag is the preeminent symbol of the South – a revered symbol of noble gallantry that has been carried by Southern servicemen, along with the US flag, overseas to fight our country’s battles since WWI. I am one of those men.


More men and women have served this country from the South over any other region in the country. In 1958, the 85th Congress recognized their loyalty and demonstrated patriotism, along with other significant reconciliation following the WBTS, in the form of US Code 38. That Code effectively deemed all Confederate Veterans, American Veterans. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Code into law in 1959.


Since you don’t like to be “preached to” – I recognize the Yankee secular-progressive trait – I’ll gently break down a few of your “higher learning” comments.


You wrote: The Confederate flag is racism, death, oppression and treason.


Those comments apply more accurately to the US flag, where slavery was constitutionally protected for every State under US colors long before the concept of the Confederate flag. Lincoln’s illegal invasion of the South by his invading Yankees, like your ancestor, was unconstitutional and represents significantly more death, oppression, and treason than the Confederate flag. And since Federal lawyers backed down from prosecuting Confederate President Jefferson Davis and others because they feared a court would prove the illegality of Lincoln’s invasion, no Southerner was tried for treason. The feds didn’t want history to show that Lincoln trampled the Constitution and caused the deaths of nearly a million Americans in the process, including war crimes against Southern civilians.


Your attempt to draw the ad nauseam similarity between the Confederate flag and the Nazi flag is hollow and has no historical or moral relevance, at least not from a Southern standpoint. The Nazis were actually enamored at the totalitarian Lincoln regime and mirrored the “scorched earth” policies of Sheridan and Sherman.


I would suggest that before you continue condemning the people of the South and our beloved Confederate Battle Flag, you need to educate yourselves better in the history that came one or two centuries before.


On July 4th, as you read the Declaration of Independence, keep in mind that what you are reading is the ultimate template for secession. The majority of battles during the First American Revolution were fought in the South, and Southern men won our collective freedom on Southern soil.


And when you salute the US flag, understand that its visceral roots and strength stem from Southern soil and Southern blood, just like the Confederate flag – remembering that both, at one time or another, have been hijacked.


If I seem bitter and resentful, I am. You can thank Northern politicians, Carpetbaggers, the Bureau of Freedmen, Refugees, and Abandoned Lands, and the iron fist under which the Union military ruled the South after the war for attitudes that were handed down through subsequent generations of Southerners – not to mention the sanitizing assault on my Southern-Confederate heritage over the last few decades.


During my 22 years of service to the Corps, I was ordered by my government to extend respect and honor to the cultures of countries I deployed. And yet that same government doesn’t extend the same respect and honor to my heritage. Instead, they collaborate with private groups to sanitize my culture and heritage through forced public policy. I reckon that Southern-Confederate spoke is unwelcome in the wheel of diversity and multiculturalism.


You Sir, perpetuate that hostility.


Course, how can this ‘ol Gunny expect to get through to a Colonel who prefers Halloween to Memorial Day and July 4th?


Semper Fi with Confederate Regards,


Jimmy Ward
GySgt / USMC (ret.)
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Rhodhiss, NC