Arrogance thy name is “Fields”
 
From: wildbill4dixie@yahoo.com
To: wfields@northstarnews.com
 
Re: http://www.northstarnews.com/opinions/columns/article/1192
 
There’s a reason that no reporter at this press conference raised the so-called “question” [of the flag] – The press conference was about a family who had just endured the loss of their son – it was NOT about YOU or anyone else! The flag is obviously important to the family in some way and that’s all that matters. What you or anyone else thinks of it is irrelevant. The world does not revolve around you, it never has and it never will. Most of the reporters had the good sense to acknowledge that regardless of what their opinion of the flag happened to be. Self centered, self-righteous, arrogant gasbags like yourself however have problems with that sort of thing. No matter – I understand. I hope the family understands as well. 
 
About the “swastika” reference – you made the analogy, now back it up. Nearly 500 Confederate soldiers are buried in Arlington National Cemetery – they are there because they are considered American Veterans. And the flag they fought under is the flag you hate so much. Their very presence in that cemetery indicates that both they and their flag are indeed part of this country’s heritage, and that it indeed does have a place in our nation. Comparing it to the flag of a country whose armies blasted over its borders in an attempt to subjugate its neighbors (Nazi Germany), is both a fabrication and an insult. For your information, it was not the South that sent its armies crashing over its neighbor’s borders – it was the North! Many Southerners repeatedly said, “All we ask is to be left alone,” and their words are well documented. 
 
Newsflash for ya’ – JUST BECAUSE YOU SAY SOMETHING IS SO, DOES NOT MEAN THAT IT IS SO. You made the analogy, now I’m expecting you to back it up and explain to us poor unenlightened peons how this analogy holds any water at all. How is the Confederacy remotely like Nazi Germany? I will be waiting to hear your explanation. You probably won’t “enlighten” us though. Like others of your ilk you will probably hide under your desk for a day or two and then go on to bashing other things. 
 
As for “a culture rooted in human bondage,” please explain how “human bondage,” Southern style, or American style if you prefer, was any different from “human bondage” AFRICAN STYLE, which, by the way, is still very much practiced in some African countries today! Actually, since you’re too ignorant to figure it out yourself, I will give you at least one difference. Southern slave owners didn’t sacrifice their slaves to tribal gods the way their slave-owning counterparts in Africa did. Maybe you should stop referring to yourself as “African American?”
 
And, there is no connection whatsoever between Timothy McVeigh and the fallen soldier in question. And there is no connection whatsoever between McVeigh and the Confederate flag. For you to throw that comment into your piece demonstrates beyond a shadow of a doubt what a low-life demagogue you are. Whoever said that “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel” probably had people like you in mind when he said it. Someone disagrees with you and you brand him a “terrorist.” How convenient. Ever consider running for political office? Given the level of political scum that seems so able to float to the top these days, you’d be a natural! 
 
Finally, as to “when are we going to bury this offensive symbol,” the answer is – NEVER! Because, as I said before, the world does not revolve around you and there are many others in this country who do not feel as you do. Your opinion does not get to trump ours. No one died and made you God. You are not the King. You are one man with an opinion and that is all. It is, as they say, “a free country” – and it is this concept (a free country) that this young man and countless others like him, died to protect. There is nothing “soiled” about this young man’s service. The only thing I see “soiled” in all of this is you. 
 
Bill Vallante
Commack NY
Proud Associate Member, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Camps 3000, 1506, 1369
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