People will make, from a symbol, what they will. Some people look at the "Stars and Bars" (the battle flag) and see slavery only. They see huddled wretches and hear bullwhips cracking.
Others see a concerted and concerned effort to negate the almost dictatorial powers of the Executive Branch of the government. We can see so well today just what the Confederate founding fathers feared: a president who takes the nation to war with lies and deceits, spies on his very citizens without warrants or subpoenas, who literally gives away the national treasury to the very richest Americans, leaving the working people of America, and the working farmers to shoulder the National Debt by themselves.
More and more, I see the Confederate flags as symbols that the Confederate fathers were right about a lot of things, but slavery is not one of them. To me the flags are symbols of standing up for your rights due any citizen against the nearly omnipotent Chief Executive. The day may be coming when we learn even further lessons from the Confederates about dictators and fascists..
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· 1 decade ago