In the wake of the tragedy of the Charleston Shooting, what should have been a time of mourning rapidly degenerated into a political frag-fest. Republicans are trying to out-scream their Democratic “opponents” in the defamation of the Confederate Battle Flag. Former Republican presidential runner Mitt Romney personally called on South Carolina (and presumably the entire South) to
Take down the #ConfederateFlag at the SC Capitol. To many, it is a symbol of racial hatred. Remove it now to honor #Charleston victims
If one Yankee sticking his nose in wasn’t bad enough, Jeb Bush (possibly the future Bush III) gloats over his anti-Southern actions, noting,
My position on how to address the Confederate flag is clear. In Florida, we acted, moving the flag from the state grounds to a museum where it belonged.
No doubt Jeb Bush would want all Southerners (himself being a Yankee transplant of the Bush variety) relegated to a history footnote, with highlights over the words “racist” and “evil.” His compatriot, the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Rince Preibus, also blowed about his anti-Southernism:
The traditional anti-Southerners have continued their venom here and abroad. Alvin “the Chipmunk” Holmes continues his inane diatribe. Meanwhile, mega-corporations are systematically banning the CBF.
The entire framing of the issue is completely skewed- what should be a condemnation of one individual has somehow (predictably) turned into a condemnation of the South. Many are acting as if the state of South Carolina “owes” the victims the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag. An independent, acting alone, with a possible mental condition, somehow speaks for the entire South? Dylann Roof speaks for no man but himself. His action was idiotic, counter-productive to his own stated goals, and, ultimately, harmful to the South and to the memory of Rhodesia.
On a happier note, South Carolina State Senator Lee Bright defended the flag and the Southern people against the vile attacks, stating,
There are those of us who have ancestors that fought and spilled blood on the side of the South when they were fighting for states’ rights, and we don’t want our ancestors relegated to the ash heaps of history. Through the years, the heroes of the South have been slandered, maligned and misrepresented, and this is a further activity in that.
We call upon all Alabamians to pray the Rosary for the intention of saving the flags of the South.