What is happening?
From the ABC 27 News:
Confederate flags and the soldiers carrying them came to Gettysburg on July 1-3, 1863.
The history books tell us it was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War.
Historians tell us it was the turning point for the North.
Every year, participants from around country flock to Gettysburg to reenact the famous battle.
There’s the blue.
And the gray.
The flag of the North.
And the South, which has state Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-Philadelphia) fighting mad.
“I’ve been to a lot of reenacting and the reenacting does not tell the stories accurately,” Brown said.
Brown recently protested a Confederate flag in a display at the state Capitol and Gov. Tom Wolf ordered it removed. Brown says it’s a symbol of hatred and murder which wasn’t mentioned in the Capitol display and likely won’t be on the battlefield reenactment.
Who needs history? Let’s replace all symbols, flags and words of which the modern left disapproves and pretend that they never existed. That seems like the right thing to do. Sheesh.
Allow me to state, for the record, that I believe we should strive to live in a polite society. There is speech that some find offensive. And while I am a firm supporter of free speech (anyone can say anything at any time, regardless of how offensive or hateful it is, without fear of violence), I, like most Americans, have made a personal decision to speak in such a way so as not to offend others for no reason. I’ll speak the truth, but I’m not going going to try to offend for the sake of offending.*
That being said, this entire Rebel Flag issue is concocted. In the 1980s, the main characters on one the of most popular TV shows on CBS drove a car called “The General Lee” that had a big rebel flag painted on the top. No one cared**. As late as the ’90s, people of all ages and races were still waving the Confederate flag at Ole Miss football games. No one cared**. I remember (and I’m not that old) when marching bands, made up of people of various races, at southern universities played “Dixie” before each football game. No one cared**.
Then, suddenly some progressive activists declared that all things southern were racist and got the media on board. Now people are offended and they don’t even know why.
But that’s not the only way in which it was concocted. This latest round of Rebel Flag hoopla came because of Dylann Roof, the racist murderer who chose to pose with the Rebel Flag on Facebook. The leftist media needed a narrative and they found two: Guns and the confederate flag. And even though the story should have been how terrible it was that South Carolina law made it illegal for the victims to defend themselves with weapons (just like Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech and Orlando, etc), it became about an inanimate object. A symbol. The outrage was symbolic, literally. We should have been outraged at gun control laws that literally created victims, but instead we were outraged at a symbol.
Again, I never want to offend anyone just for the heck of it (that’s not a straw-man, by the way. Some people do want to do this. They think it’s the only way to combat PC culture. I believe they’re wrong. Relevant truth is the way to combat it. Not just being mean). But America’s offensive meter needs to be calibrated. We should be less offended by speech and more offended at actual, literal things that affect our lives, like an ever-expanding federal government that over-taxes, over-regulates and coerces at every turn.
*The exception to this rule is for speech that has been “banned” by a person or group. If someone says you don’t have the right to say (or draw or write or display) something, then it’s probably important that you say it.
**By “no one cared”, I don’t literally mean “no one”. It’s likely that someone cared. After all, someone in the world is offended by by virtually anything and everything. What I mean is that it wasn’t an issue. I personally never heard anyone complain about these things while they were happening. Not even once.