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Confederate Red Herring

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Really? Is this what we've become?

As a conservative who believes in States' Rights, I have always found it difficult to find much of any good in the Confederate States of America. For as much as I may agree with their act of secession in the name of states' rights, the moral evil of slavery has always been an insurmountable obstacle in holding any sympathy for the Confederacy. But the push over the last few weeks toward banning any and all reminders that there ever was a Confederacy has little to do with racism, or slavery, or hurt feelings. It's all a show.

Let's get one thing straight from the outset: in the War of Northern Aggression, the South lost...and they won't be rising again, at least not any time soon. As nice as it may make some conservatives feel to romanticize the Confederacy, the truth is simple: Because the Confederacy refused to end the abhorrent practice of slavery, hundreds of thousands of Americans died.

On June 17, 2015, a deranged young man named Dylann Roof walked into the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He spent about an hour there, sitting in a Bible study, when he opened fire with a .45 caliber handgun.

Thinking back through the facts of what happened, it's almost hard to believe that anything like this could happen. To walk into a church, spend an hour with a group of good and decent people, and then slaughter them in a mad attempt to instigate a race war - it sounds like something out of a horror film. Some news reports have indicated that after spending an hour in the prayer meeting, Roof almost didn't go through with his plan.

There are some significant issues at play here. First, Roof's father should be prosecuted for giving his son, a convicted felon, a firearm (and note that, even though there is a law against that, the law didn't stop him from doing it). Second, Roof was known to take a number of drugs, prescribed or not. He had previously been arrested for possession, and was described by classmates as both a racist and a "pill popper."

Because Dylann Roof had pictures on his Facebook page with the Stars and Bars, the reaction over this shooting has morphed into a crusade against the Confederate Battle Flag. Calls to ban the flag have come from activists and pundits all across America. Amazon and Ebay have banned the sale of Confederate flags on their websites. TV Land has banned "The Dukes of Hazzard" reruns because of an image of a flag painted on a car in a show that has been played and re-played on TV for thirty years. There have been suggestions of tearing down statues of Confederate generals.

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Really? Is this what we've become? Banning the Confederate Battle Flag will do nothing substantive to end racism in America (if it can ever really be ended). And yet, somehow, because some drug-addled racist walked into a church and killed people, America has embarked on some kind of Orwellian crusade to wipe out all reminders of the Confederacy.

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Re-fighting a war that ended 150 years ago is not a productive conversation to have if you want to end either racism or mass shootings in America...especially when no one involved in the debate is fighting to bring back racism, segregation, or slavery. Let's face it: the Ku Klux Klan hasn't been a significant force in American society for at least two or three decades now, and even then, they were never really a significant force outside of the Democrat Party. In fact, the last Klansman with any real power was Robert "KKK" Byrd, the longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate. Latching on to the Confederate Battle Flag reeks of stupidity - less about racism, and more about finding a way to blame Southern conservatives for a tragedy.

At its root, the push to ban Confederate flags isn't about race at all. The Confederate battle flag is held up by most in the South as a symbol of pride in Southern culture that has nothing to do with race...and let's face it: by apoplectically demanding the removal of all vestiges of the Confederacy from Southern society, the Left shows that it is their obsession with race that gives these symbols any power over anyone. If the Left weren't yelling about how racist the flag is, no one would care. Instead, we see the useful idiots falling into lockstep with the book-burners' cries, lest they become the mob's next target.

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