From: DANptAL@aol.com
To: scvaladiv@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Confederates Tip the Balance
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2006 06:59:23 EST

On Tuesday, Republicans, on the national level, got what they deserved. They failed to secure our borders, protect our rights, involved us in another war that, some would say, can’t be won and they continue to push or drag us toward the new world order. But it wasn’t these issues that put the Democrats in charge of the House and Senate. It was Confederate issues.

In Missouri, Senator Jim Talent, said in 2003 "that flags flying over official government property should be symbols of unity, not symbols of division," and "The flag is intertwined in people’s minds with what was the greatest injustice in the history of our country," Talent explained. "You can put up some other memorial to the courage of the people who fought for that cause. But the flag is, to many people, a symbol of injustice. That war is associated with slavery." Southerners with a knowledge of history don’t forgive those who attack us. It may be a strech to say Talent lost his reelection by a narrow margin due to this issue but consider the Virginia race.

In September 2006, the Sons of Confederate Veterans criticized Virginia Republican, George Allen for saying he had been slow to grasp the pain that Old South symbols like the Confederate flag cause black people. "The denunciation of the flag to score political points is anathema to our organization," Brag Bowling, past commander of the Virginia Sons of Confederate Veterans, told reporters in Richmond, once the Capitol of the Confederate States of America.

Allen stood by his statement.

"Before Allen’s comment, he had a 16-point lead in the polls and had a huge financial advantage. His opponent Jim Webb had no money. In one moment, he took a race that was essentially won and turned it competitive overnight," said Robert D. Holsworth, a political science professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. What had been a warm-up race for a 2008 presidential bid has became an unsuccessful fight of Allen’s political life.

Who would have thought that two of the last five Senatorial elections in question would be lost by incumbent Republicans who snubbed the Confederate flag? Who would have thought the loss of these two candidates would tip the balance of power in the Senate to the Democratic Party? You would think the Republicans would catch on to this at some point. But I guess pandering to the press and groups that don’t elect them is more important than winning an election, controlling congress and possibly even winning the office of President.

David Allen
Rodes 262

Ref. CBS News and mobushwhacker Website