By Freeman, July 3, 2015 •
Part of me can’t believe that I’ve successfully been distracted by this petty topic amidst our nation’s moral, societal, and economic collapse. Another part of me believes the insanity cannot go unanswered. So allow me this equally petty argumentum ad absurdum:
The recent assault on the legacy of an historical Confederate battle flag is certainly not the first skirmish this ensign has seen, nor will it be the last.
Leftist efforts will continue in an attempt to remove this standard from public view—indeed outright banish it in any form. I suppose the Gadsden flag is next, the notorious symbol of those horrible Tea Party people, racist as they are for daring to disagree with the fundamental transformer-in-chief.
Yet this is standard operating procedure for the Marxist-Progressives among us. Manufacture victims, vilify tradition, destroy institutions, rewrite history, and silence dissent under color of law. Rinse and repeat.
To whom it may concern: The famed Second Navy Jack of the Confederate States of America, deemed too ‘offensive’ for some delicate souls, is an important part of our antiquity. And like it or not, it’s not going away any time soon. That this flag has recently generated such widespread interest is only testament to this fact. The public backlash in the face of those wishing to erase it from our national consciousness can only be described as perfectly befitting the jack’s true, rebellious heritage. And that ain’t just whistlin’ Dixie.
Yet should the attack on this iconic symbol of the South succeed in serving as some sort of politically correct precedent, then there are a few more designs from the vaults of vexillology that are equally worthy of condemning to the ash heap of history.
For starters, Americans should take great exception to the British Union Jack flying anywhere over these shores. The Bank of England and its cabal of corporate elitists have inflicted far more injury on our people than King George III ever did. This flag should be drawn and quartered.
Who is not offended by the sinister black banners of ISIS and the Islamic State, which can currently be found for sale on Amazon? Is this not the barbaric symbol of modern Christian persecution and anti-Semitic fervor? Ditto for the banners of Hamas and Hezbollah. Is not the Islamic crescent itself the unapologetic emblem of the greatest slavers the world has ever witnessed? Ban them all.
For many American families, the Puerto Rican flag is also a symbol of terrorism, thanks to the separatist terror organization Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (FALN), or Armed Forces of National Liberation. The FALN was responsible for more than 120 bomb attacks in the United States that killed and maimed American citizens in the 1970s and 80s. Puerto Rican Day parades should be outlawed.
Communist Chinese flags are offensive to just about everyone, including the Chinese (but clearly not the Obamas). In the entire History of Man, Mao’s brutal totalitarian regime has imprisoned and slaughtered more people than any other, far outpacing Hitler’s Third Reich. To this day, China remains one of the world’s worst violators of human rights. It’s time we boycott Chinese imports and all the retailers that sell their goods. Trans Pacific Partnership be damned.
I personally find United Nations flags deeply offensive—my Marxist one-world neighbors fly one in their backyard. As far as I’m concerned, it represents international corruption and tyranny of the highest order, not to mention an organization that seeks to destroy our national and state sovereignty in favor of global governance. The flag should be torn asunder, set alight, and then set adrift down the East River.
And while we’re busy being offended by sewn-on symbolism, let us also ban those Che Guevara t-shirts worn by illiterate college students (and my aforementioned neighbors). True, it’s not a flag, however these rags celebrate yet another mass-murdering communist who killed thousands of Cubans, enslaved thousands more, and drove millions into exile. Another fine item available at Amazon.com.
Censorship you say? Nonsense. We’ve already begun banning American children from wearing shirts adorned with the Stars-and-Stripes to school in some towns. Apparently it offends foreign nationals (both legal and illegal) attending classes here. The Grand Old Flag has even been banished from her station at a California state university, which of course is funded by American families through taxes. That little stunt should offend everyone.
Just for the record, I am not seriously advocating the outlawing of anything. That would only be giving the progressives exactly what they want. Their leader, the current president himself, has zero respect for the American flag and the Republic for which it stands. He perceives the red, white, and blue as a symbol of greed, racism, and injustice. And, like it or not, in this country he is free to feel that way, which is the real point here.
Symbolism rests in the brain of the beholder. Just as a simple rainbow is received by most as a token of childhood innocence, others take it to mean gay pride or same-sex marriage.
What the progressive left must understand—and accept—is that the overwhelming majority of Americans take pride in our flags, whether colonial, confederate, or contemporary. Like it or not. We see them as enduring symbols of the eternal struggle for freedom and independence, despite any mistakes we have made along the way (and we’ve made some doozies).
I recall being a young child and seeing on the TV news some kind of white supremacy gathering. I can’t remember the name of the group, but I do remember the presence of a swastika banner of the Nazi party (a symbol long banned in Germany and also on eBay). My parents patiently explained that everyone in America has a right to their own beliefs, as long as they don’t interfere with my rights. We must be tolerant, they urged, even when we do not share those beliefs.
That’s the definition of Liberty.
Are we ready to give that up to the tyranny of a tiny leftist minority?
What’s really crazy is that tolerance is exactly what the progressives always preach. However, it’s become painfully obvious over the years that theirs is a selective tolerance, on their terms and for causes only they deem justified. That’s the definition of hypocrisy.
Normally I fly the Betsy Ross on Independence Day. (Evidently this offends my communist neighbors who think it’s clever to throw tea bags in my rose bushes beneath the flagpole.) But beginning this year, I am flying the inverted Star-Spangled Banner as a signal of dire distress (as originally intended), but also as a literal symbol of the upside down madness infecting this nation.
I hope it offends as many people as possible.
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