One of my friends mentioned, not just to me but to everyone, that we should all calm down about this uproar over the removal of the Confederate Flag and focus on the President having been given Fast Track authority for the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Have you ever noticed that almost every time there is a critical piece of legislation coming up for a vote before Congress, or the President is doing something that is questionable or outright unconstitutional that there is also something else going on of lesser importance that focuses our attention? One time I might accept it as coincidence. Maybe even twice, but it has happened more times than I can count and I find it a bit disturbing.
Actually it is quite ingenious if you ask me, almost how a magician works when they do sleight of hand tricks. They focus your attention one place, then perform the actual trick where you aren’t looking. Often these ‘events’ are timed perfectly to occur right before whatever the government wants to do so as to give the people time to become fully engrossed in the diversion, such as the Charleston shooting and subsequent uproar over the attempted removal of the Confederate Flag from the American landscape.
Even though my friend, whom I respect a great deal, mentioned this, and even though I realize that this is a tactic that they use to focus our attention elsewhere, this time I cannot let go of the diversion. This is something that has really got me mad, it sticks in my craw as they like to say.
I know that there are some people, that no matter what I say, are going to associate the Confederate Battle flag with slavery. I cannot change that no matter how much information I provide to disprove that belief. But I also cannot let go of my own understanding of what that flag represents and I refuse to let others tell me that I cannot display it, or stand for the things it stands for.
To me that flag will ALWAYS stand for resistance to tyranny, nothing more, nothing less. To me that flag stands for the right of the people to rise up and tell the government that they are no longer relevant and that their rules no longer apply to them. In short the Confederate Battle Flag represents, at least to me, the very principles which are enshrined in our Declaration of Independence, that the people have the right to tell the government to go to hell and that we are no longer going to bow submissively to its oppressive rule.
THAT is what the Confederate Battle Flag represents to me, and I refuse to acquiesce.
Have you noticed, (most of you probably haven’t), that every single principle and value that our country once stood for has come under attack? This attempt to obfuscate the truth about the meaning of the Confederate Flag is just another in a long stream of efforts to try and reshape our thinking and understanding of what this country once stood for.
I can’t speak for each of you out there reading this, but I know for a fact that when many people see someone flying the Confederate Flag the first thought that comes to mind is REDNECK. It seems that everything that is/was good about this country has been changed into something derogatory and inflammatory, like the word redneck. Do you even know the origin of the word?
Today when you call someone a redneck it is with distaste or disgust as the person being labeled one is viewed as just a dumb hick, or hillbilly with low moral standards. But as was originally used it described a farmer whose neck, after all those long hours in the field, has turned red from all that time under the sun. THAT IS ALL IT STANDS FOR, no matter how you choose to use the word. As Charlie Daniels sang, “What most people call a redneck ain’t nothin’ but a workin’ man and he makes his livin’ by the sweat of his brow and the calluses on his hands.”
But that’s just the way the enemies of American values work, they alter the meaning of words and resort to name calling and insulting people because they do not have the facts to support their beliefs. It ALWAYS ends up a battle of emotional rants, name calling and insults instead of a reasonable discussion based on facts and evidence. These people ask, no, demand tolerance for their views and opinions but they have absolutely no tolerance for our views and our opinions. Their hypocrisy is so thick you need a chain saw to cut through it.
Since when did standing up for your rights and liberty make someone a domestic terrorist? Since when has hard work and self-sufficiency become an anti-American sentiment? Since when has morality been denigrated and deviant lifestyles become the norm? When anyone speaks out against what America has become they are immediately labeled insensitive and their position comes under attack by those who wish to see the values that built America into the great nation it was to something where anything goes and nobody is held accountable for their own actions. It sickens me!
All I know is that this current attack upon the Confederate Flag is the final straw for me. As the famous cartoon character Popeye once said, “I’ve had all that I can stands and I can’t stands no more!” I refuse to surrender my values and beliefs for your politically correct bullshit anymore!
Do you even know what political correctness is? It is censorship, plain and simple. If I told you that you could not listen to some pop star’s music because the lyrics offend me you would cry out that my views amounted to censorship and a violation of the First Amendment. Well, try looking in the mirror asshole because that is exactly what your politically correct nonsense is doing to my right to free speech and expression! Free speech is a two sided coin, and if it entitles YOU to do and say things that others may find offensive it also entitles them to be just as offensive to your fragile sensibilities.
Stop being such a bunch of pussies and get over your offense of the Confederate Flag, and those who display it! You may not realize, or even understand this, but most of the people who appreciate what that flag truly stands for is the protection of your rights and resistance to tyranny that will affect YOU just as much as it affects us. We are the guardians of YOUR liberty as well. So unless you really want to be slaves to an ever growing government and police state, just shut the hell up about things you don’t know the first damned thing about! Your emotional rants have no place in a civilized discussion of facts and reality!
To close I would like to quote Charlie Daniels one more time. In his song Simple Man Charlie sings, “I ain’t nothin’ but a simple man, they call me a redneck I reckon that I am, but there’s things goin on that make me mad down to the core. I have to work like a dog to make ends meet, there’s crooked politicians and crime in the street and I’m madder’n hell and I ain’t gonna take it no more.”