Often when I see a Confederate flag on someone's car or motorcycle I ask them what it means to them, what the symbolism is. I've never met anyone so far who can explain the symbolism of the flag. To them it just means they're a 'rebel', a troublemaker. They do it just for shock value, except nobody is really shocked anymore.
Their feeling is that yeah, the South lost the Civil War, but they never gave up. They still harbor that feeling of rebellion, the feeling that Washington and Northern Liberals can't tell them what to do. They feel they were forced to rejoin the Union against their will. And in a lot of cases this is based on ignorance. Rick Perry, for instance, made a lot of political progress by telling people in Texas that they could secede from the Union if they wanted, that the conditions under which they joined the US were that they could leave any time. If Perry really believes that the he's too ignorant to be the governor of a large state. If he doesn't really believe it then he's pushing a huge lie. Which do you think it is?
I spent a few days in Richmond, VA, a few years ago. It's a really interesting city, and I was interested in history so I visited some historic sites. I visited the church where the Virginia House of Burgesses met during Colonial times, and where Patrick Henry made his 'Liberty or Death' speech. In the gift shop was a big Confederate Flag with the words embroidered around it 'Give me liberty or give me death!' Now how inconsistent is that? 8^) The museum guide reminded us all that Henry owned slaves when he made that speech. Owning slaves was part of his idea of 'liberty'.