The political incorrectness of all things Confederate

VA Flaggers - Karen Cooper

VA Flaggers – Karen Cooper

The political incorrectness of all things Confederate

In the wake of the recent murderous shooting spree in Charleston, South Carolina, throngs of politically correct (PC) iconoclasts are demanding the erasure and disappearance of Confederate icons.

Although the demands of the PC iconoclasts are focused upon the Confederate flag, which flies over the South Carolina State House grounds, the iconoclasts have it in for statues and street names, which commemorate Confederate persons, too.

All of these, we are told (although not in such plain language) must disappear down the memory hole of political correctness.

These PC iconoclasts are telling us (although (again) not in such plain language): “Future generations must never hear the name of Robert E. Lee (and his confederates) again!”

Once these icons are destroyed, and the history they symbolized vanished forever down the memory hole, these PC iconoclasts will pat themselves on their backs, tell themselves how compassionate and tolerant they are, and head to their favorite Starbucks in the wealthiest and whitest part of town for a skinny soy latte, which will be prepared for them by the poor colored (=Negro) staff.

Washington, DC is notorious for its wealthy white people at Starbucks with poor colored staff.

The current demand for removal of all things Confederate is symbolism over substance.

The on-going PC demand for the Washington Redskins to change their name and their logo is also an example of symbolism over substance. The PC iconoclasts don’t give a crap about how American Indians are actually doing (=substance), which is: not well. All the PC iconoclasts care about is a symbol (=symbolism).

Likewise, regarding all things Confederate, the PC iconoclasts don’t give a crap about blacks and how they’re actually doing (=substance), which is: not well. All the PC iconoclasts care about is a symbol (=symbolism).

“Take down that flag! So we can celebrate our PC victory at Starbucks while being served by poor colored people!”

A Confederate flag is one thing… a Confederate statue is another. Statues are not so easily removed. But we, as a society, seem to be headed in the direction of Confederate statue removal (and the renaming of mean streets with “oppressive” Confederate names).

Contrary to simplistic, politically correct, popular opinion, the US Civil War wasn’t fought to free the slaves. There were many factors that led to the war. Slavery and the political power attached to slave holding states being added to the Union before the war (and the representatives of those states being added to the US Congress) was only one of those many factors.

“Physical and social differences between North and South did not in themselves necessarily imply an irrepressible conflict. They did not mean that civil war had been decreed from the beginning by Fate. It came when problems arising from rapid growth and expansion got into such shape that they could not be solved by discussion, tolerance, and compromise…How this happened is not entirely clear. We only know that sectional rivalry in the nation turned into a struggle between…‘civilizations,’ between progress and backwardness, between right and wrong. Men ceased to reason, to tolerate, to accept compromise. Good men then had no choice but to kill and be killed.” ~ Avery Craven, The Coming of the Civil War (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1942, 1957, 1966; 1967) p. 1-2

If the PC iconoclasts are going to demand the removal of all Confederate statues and memorials, we’re going to have a lot of work to do, because there are many of them, including one in Washington, DC.

Gettysburg dead

Gettysburg dead

I was born in Washington, DC, grew up in Maryland, and presently live in Pennsylvania, about 15 miles from Gettysburg. The reality of the US Civil War never is — and never has been — far from my mind.

There’s a statue commemorating the Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Maryland in my hometown of Rockville, Maryland. Confederate troops went through Rockville on their way to Pennsylvania in 1863. Lee and his soldiers marched down the highway I live near (US 30) on their way to Gettysburg.

8,000 men and 3,000 horses lay dead on the field in the Pennsylvania summer sun after that battle was over. Left for the citizens of Gettysburg to bury.

I hope we never forget the horrors of that terrible war.

Removing flags and statues of the Confederacy will only help us to forget. It’s better we remember.

Confederate flag controversy amid S.C. grieving https://youtu.be/vkUlfDHI_rg


How The Charleston Shooting Is Linked To The Confederate Flag, According To A South Carolinian

“As journalists scrambled to unearth more information about Roof on Thursday morning, one piece of damning evidence emerged: A Facebook picture of him on top of his car bearing a license plate with different versions of the Confederate flag. In case it wasn’t clear, the flags were surrounded by the words ‘Confederate States of America’…”

Read more: How The Charleston Shooting Is Linked To The Confederate Flag, According To A South Carolinian http://thkpr.gs/3671684

Take Down the Confederate Flag—Now

“The flag that Dylann Roof embraced, which many South Carolinians embrace, endorses the violence he committed…”

Continue reading: Take Down the Confederate Flag—Now – http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/06/take-down-the-confederate-flag-now/396290/

charleston-statue-vandalizedConfederate Statue Vandalized Downtown Charleston

“CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — A Confederate monument at White Point Gardens was vandalized with graffiti.

“The graffiti was discovered Sunday morning as thousands gathered downtown to honor the victims killed at Emanuel AME Church.

Continue reading: Confederate Statue Vandalized Downtown Charleston – http://wjbf.com/2015/06/21/confederate-statue-vandalized-downtown-charleston/

Activists: State should end all Confederate memorials

“After changing the Georgia flag and removing statue of a racist in front of the Capitol, academic and activist want state to do more…”

Continue reading: Activists: State should end all Confederate memorials http://clatl.com/atlanta/activists-state-should-end-all-confederate-memorials/Content?oid=11620447

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The Case Against Vandalizing Confederate Monuments

“A history teacher argues that statues of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee deserve to be left alone…”

Read more: The Case Against Vandalizing Confederate Monuments http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/12/the-case-against-vandalizing-confederate-monuments/250337/

Albert Pike Statue – Washington, D.C.

Albert Pike (b. December 29, 1809, Boston – d. April 2, 1891, Washington, D.C.) was an attorney, soldier, writer, and Freemason. Albert Pike is the only Confederate military officer or figure to be honored with a statue in Washington, D.C.http://www.dcmemorials.com/index_indiv0000360.htm

Rockville [Confederate] Civil War Monument – Rockville, Maryland

“The monument sits on the side of the courthouse in downtown Rockville. The statue faces south. It’s said to be the northernmost monument honoring the confederate soldier. The pedestal reads “To our heroes of Montgomery Co Maryland. That we through life may not forget to love the thin gray line…” –

Read more: http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM6CQ8_Rockville_Civil_War_Monument_Rockville_MD

Confederate Monuments at Gettysburg

“The first Confederate monument on the Gettysburg battlefield was dedicated in 1884 to the 1st Maryland Battalion. It took years for the next to follow…”

Continue reading: Confederate Monuments at Gettysburg: http://gettysburg.stonesentinels.com/confederate-monuments/

See: List of monuments and memorials of the Confederate States of America – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_monuments_and_memorials_of_the_Confederate_States_of_America

PHOTOS – THE CONFEDERATE FLAG: International symbol for resistance to tyranny – http://www.confederateamericanpride.com/rebelflag.html

A superior culture cannot permit its foundations to be poisoned and destroyed http://wp.me/pPnn7-2jT via @wordpressdotcom

“Young men at college in the North are constantly exposed to the danger of imbibing doctrines subversive of all old institutions, and of all the established tenets respecting religion, law, morality, property, and government. Every village has its press and its lecture room, and each lecturer and editor, unchecked by healthy public opinion, opens up for discussion all the received dogmas of faith. Nothing is considered as settled, nothing is too venerable or sacred to be controverted. The intellectual rashness of Youth, and their love of novelty, predisposes them to reject old opinions, and accept, without sufficient investigation, what is novel and startling. It is not safe or prudent to expose young minds to the contagion of the conventions, the lectures, and press of Northern Isms. They naturally hate restraint and gradually embrace doctrines which teach them to throw aside all restraint, and give free reigns to inclination, appetite and passion, is the highest virtue.

“The great movement at the North, the great lesson, taught everywhere now in free society is that “Passional Attraction,” “Free Love,” “attractive Labor,” and “the Voluntary Principle,” are to be substituted for Law, Religion, and Government. It is but the failure and breaking up of free society, and may be alright and proper there, but would be quite out of place at the South, where society is healthy, vigorous, and flourishing.

“The North fifty years ago, was eminently religious and conservative. Then it was well to send Southern youth to her Colleges. She is now the land of heresies, infidelities, and superstitions, and not fit to be trusted with the education of our sons and daughters.

“As institutions of learning, the colleges of the South are equal to those of the North–the University of Virginia probably superior to any in the Union. Under these circumstances, it surprises us that moral, conservative and religious men at the North, who can afford it, do not send their sons to Southern schools. Their training would be moral, religious and conservative, and they would never learn, or read a word in school or out of school, inconsistent with orthodox Christianity, pure morality, the right of property, the sacredness of marriage, the obligation of law, the duty of obedience to government.”

Richmond Enquirer, December 29, 1855

Quoted in: Avery Craven, The Coming of the Civil War (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1942; 1957; 1966; 1967) pp. 301-302

VA Flaggers - Karen Cooper

VA Flaggers – Karen Cooper

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29 Responses to The political incorrectness of all things Confederate

  1. ‘Black Lives Matter’ spray painted on Confederate statue in Baltimore

    “A statue in Baltimore honoring Confederate soldiers has been written over.

    “The statue, erected in 1903 by the Maryland Daughters of the Confederacy, was spray painted with the phrase “Black Lives Matter.”

    “The statue is located at Mount Royal and Lafayette avenues in Bolton Hill section of Baltimore.

    “The marking of the statue comes amid a push in South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag as a symbol in the state, where nine black church members were killed last week by a white gunman.

    “Under the spray paint, one side of the statue read, in all capital letters:

    “To the soldiers and sailors of Maryland in the service of the Confederate States of America 1861-1863”

    “That dedication was beneath the title, “GLORIA VICTIS,” which from Latin translates to, “Glory to the defeated.”

    “This story will be updated.”

    Source: ‘Black Lives Matter’ spray painted on Confederate statue in Baltimore http://fw.to/iXtOrAl

  2. Walmart To Stop Selling Confederate Flag Merchandise

    “Walmart, the country’s largest retailer, will remove all Confederate flag merchandise from its stores, the company told CNN Monday.

    “The announcement is the latest indication that the flag, a symbol of the slave-holding South, has become toxic in the aftermath of a shooting last week at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. Gov. Nikki Haley announced in a Monday afternoon news conference that she supports removing the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds.

    “Walmart.com currently carries the Confederate flag as well as attire featuring the flag’s design, such as T-shirts and belt buckles.

    “We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer. We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the confederate flag from our assortment — whether in our stores or on our web site,” said Walmart spokesman Brian Nick. “We have a process in place to help lead us to the right decisions when it comes to the merchandise we sell. Still, at times, items make their way into our assortment improperly — this is one of those instances.”

    “Walmart’s statement came in response to a CNN inquiry Monday. In addition to Walmart, CNN asked Amazon and eBay whether they would remove Confederate flag merchandise from their sites. Neither company responded to repeated requests for comment…”

    Continue reading: Walmart To Stop Selling Confederate Flag Merchandise – WSPA.com http://www.wspa.com/story/29381309/walmart-to-stop-selling-confederate-flag-merchandise

  3. Not just South Carolina: Leaders across U.S. call for removal of Confederate monuments

    “As South Carolina governor Nikki Haley gave the press conference in which she called for the Confederate flag to be removed from South Carolina’s capitol building, lawmakers and activists in other states pressed for similar changes in their respective districts…”

    Continue reading: Not just South Carolina: Leaders across U.S. call for removal of Confederate monuments – http://mashable.com/2015/06/22/change-robert-e-lee-park/

  4. Confederate Statues Spray-Painted with ‘Black Lives Matter’

    “(KVUE) AUSTIN — Three statues dedicated to Confederate leaders on the University of Texas’ Austin campus were spray-painted with graffiti overnight Tuesday with the message of “Black Lives Matter.”

    “The statues included ones to the President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis and the General of the Army of Northern Virginia, Robert E. Lee.

    “Students say Davis’ support of the institution of slavery and white supremacy do not reflect the values of the university.

    “On Sunday, the student government started an online petition asking University President Greg Fenves to remove the statue. So far hundreds of students have signed the petition…”

    Continue reading: Confederate Statues Spray-Painted with ‘Black Lives Matter’ – http://www.kcentv.com/story/29387472/confederate-statues-spray-painted-with-black-lives-matter

  5. A field guide to the racists commemorated inside the U.S. Capitol

    “The killings of nine churchgoers in Charleston last week by an alleged white supremacist brought new attention to the Confederate battle flag flying outside the South Carolina state house, and beyond. There are many symbols of the Confederacy and of racist ideology in other capitals — including the U.S. Capitol…”

    Continue reading: A field guide to the racists commemorated inside the U.S. Capitol http://wapo.st/1LA0Dqd

  6. Black veteran, a ‘Son of the South,’ defends the Confederate flag

    “In 2001, the Taliban shamelessly dynamited the Bamiyan Buddhas, two of the largest such carvings of the ancient world. Built in the 6th century by monks who made their homes along the Silk Road, the Buddahs stood for millenia until fundamentalists removed them from the face of the Earth. Such ignorance still abounds. Over the past few months, the onslaught of the Islamic State has wrought the systematic destruction of cultural artifacts from Palmyra to Nineva, all because they were deemed “offensive” by a minority that if it had its way, would ensure the entire world would adhere to a dark and revisionist existence.

    “A couple of days ago, in the wake of a childish debate over a memorial flag flown near a Confederate statue, a Southern monument was ignorantly desecrated with an attempt at the “Black Lives Matter” slogan. The spray-painted phrase was misspelled. The inanimate statue, a solemn reminder of the South’s fallen sons, didn’t take away any citizen’s pursuit of happiness, it didn’t interfere with the social and racial disparities that some claim as a detriment to advancement — it simply stood there, silent and bold, marking the bravery and errors of yesterday’s determinations…”

    Continue reading: Black veteran, a ‘Son of the South,’ defends the Confederate flag http://s.al.com/Q2ZkWCk via @aldotcom

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