To Fly or Not to Fly That Is the Question

I ran across (actually I surfed to) this blog today and the subject is so important if we are ever going to break free from the chains of slavery that continue to bind our country.Yes, you are a racist and traitor

“While I was out jogging this morning, I passed a neighbor’s house that I have passed every day for almost three years. Usually I stroll right on by without giving it a second thought. Today, though… today was different. I stopped in my tracks and blankly stared until a car honked at me to move out of the way.”This house flies a Confederate flag.”I don’t live in South Carolina or even Maryland. I live in a small town in Central Pennsylvania, 50 miles north of Gettysburg – the site of the most famous victory of the Civil War. Yet even here, a few hundred feet from my front door flies the unambiguous symbol of hatred, racism, and treason.”

You can read the rest of the article here.

Take Down That Flag
Take Down The Confederate Flag Rally at SC State House

The Confederate flag flown over certain Southern State Capitols absolutely reflects why Southern states left the Union. It was all about slavery make no mistake. Slavery was institutionalized within the original U.S. Constitution because many of the signers owned slaves.

Slavery was ended as a result of the Civil War and yet Southern states insist upon living in the past flying the Confederate flag over state capitols. To better understand what all the fuss is about a little reading is required.

I found the South Carolina Declaration of Causes of Secession to be especially revealing. Note the election of Abraham Lincoln as being a motivation to secede.

The Declaration states in part:

“We affirm that these ends for which this Government was instituted have been defeated, and the Government itself has been made destructive of them by the action of the non-slaveholding States. Those States have assumed the right of deciding upon the propriety of our domestic institutions; and have denied the rights of property established in fifteen of the States and recognized by the Constitution; they have denounced as sinful the institution of Slavery; they have permitted the open establishment among them of societies, whose avowed object is to disturb the peace and to purloin the property of the citizens of other States. They have encouraged and assisted thousands of our slaves to leave their homes; and those who remain, have been incited by emissaries, books and pictures to servile insurrection.”

“For twenty-five years this agitation has been steadily increasing, until it has now secured to its aid the power of the Common Government. Observing the forms of the Constitution, a sectional party has found within that article establishing the Executive Department, the means of subverting the Constitution itself. A geographical line has been drawn across the Union, and all the States north of that line have united in the election of a man to the high office of President of the United States whose opinions and purposes are hostile to slavery. He is to be entrusted with the administration of the Common Government, because he has declared that that “Government cannot endure permanently half slave, half free,” and that the public mind must rest in the belief that Slavery is in the course of ultimate extinction.”

Southern states were seemingly puzzled why anyone would question the morality of the “Institution of Slavery. The Confederate flag is emblematic of the struggle to maintain the status quo allowing slavery to continue and to treat people of another skin color like animals.