Now, the Republicans have joined them.
CNN.com reported last July that
American public opinion on the Confederate flag remains about where it was 15 years ago, with most describing the flag as a symbol of Southern pride more than one of racism, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. And questions about how far to go to remove references to the Confederacy from public life prompt broad racial divides.
The poll shows that 57% of Americans see the flag more as a symbol of Southern pride than as a symbol of racism, about the same as in 2000 when 59% said they viewed it as a symbol of pride.
On the wall beside my computer desk, hangs my family crest, which I shipped to my Daddy (Southern Colloquialism for male parental unit) in the summer of 1978, from the York Insignia Shoppe in England.
This same family crest also hangs in the home of Jefferson Davis, distinguished Graduate of West Point Academy, and the President of the Confederate States of America.
I am a proud Southerner, who through bloodline, is related to General Robert E. Lee.
As a Christian American, I attend church on Sunday mornings with my brothers and sisters in Christ, both black and white.
American Progressives, both Democrat and Republican, have taken advantage of the horrible church massacre in Charleston, SC, to accomplish something that they have been trying to do for years: minimize the South’s political clout and erase our uniqueness as a region, through the taking away of a symbol of our heritage, and, any traces of the historical aspects of the Confederate Side of the Civil War, as exemplified by the mission began by Former Memphis Mayor AC Wharton and his minions on the City Council to dig up Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife, and move their bodies and a statue of the general, which all currently “reside” in a downtown park in the Medical Center. (Of course, the real reason is the fact that the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences wants to buy the park, which sits in the middle of the Medical Center, for the purposes of expansion…but, no one talks about that.)
And now, that same cowardly, revisionist history has, once again, reared its ugly head on Capitol Hill.
As they say (instead of “Once Upon a Time”) in Southern Fairy tales,
Y’all ain’t gonna believe this s@#t…
According to New York Magazine,
The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to remove the Confederate flag from cemeteries run by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Huffington Post reports. The House passed the measure 265–159, with the yeas comprising 84 Republicans and all but two Democrats. The House’s Republican leadership — Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers — voted for the amendment.
According to Roll Call, the amendment was attached to a spending bill for military construction and veterans’ affairs and prohibits the use of federal funds to display Confederate flag imagery in VA cemeteries.
Last year, controversy over the Confederate flag caused chaos in the House after GOP leaders withdrew a spending bill rather than suffer the embarrassing spectacle of their fellow Republicans voting in favor of allowing the flag to fly at federal cemeteries. House leadership despaired of the optics of voting to preserve the flag just a month after the horrific mass murder of nine black parishioners at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, by white supremacist Dylann Roof — a tragedy that led South Carolina to finally remove the flag from its statehouse.
House Speaker Paul Ryan expressed satisfaction with Thursday’s vote, and although he did not vote on the amendment himself, he’s made recent public comments denouncing the symbolism of the Confederate flag and suggesting it has no place in the Capitol.
California representative Jared Huffman, the amendment’s sponsor, issued a statement afterward expressing dismay at how many of his colleagues had voted against it. “While I appreciate that today’s vote represents progress, it is shameful that two thirds of the House Republican Caucus voted against this commonsense measure,” he said.
Let’s review last year’s “controversy”, shall we?
At the time, WTOP.com reported that
The low-profile move came Tuesday evening after a brief debate on a measure funding the National Park Service, which maintains 14 national cemeteries, most of which contain graves of Civil War soldiers.
The proposal by Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., added language to block the Park Service from allowing private groups to decorate the graves of southern soldiers with Confederate flags in states that commemorate Confederate Memorial Day. The cemeteries affected are the Andersonville and Vicksburg cemeteries in Georgia and Mississippi.
“The American Civil War was fought, in Abraham Lincoln’s words, to ‘save the last best hope of Earth,’” Huffman said in a debate in which he was the only speaker. “We can honor that history without celebrating the Confederate flag and all of the dreadful things that it symbolizes.”
The flag ban was adopted by a voice vote. The Park Service funding bill is scheduled for a vote on Thursday.
Pressure has mounted to ban display of the flag on state and federal property in the wake of last month’s tragic murders at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. The accused killer, Dylann Roof, posed with the Confederate flag in online photos and reportedly has told authorities that he wanted to start a race war.
Following the lead of GOP Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Senate has voted to remove the flag from the Capitol grounds and the state House was taking up the measure Wednesday.
But House leaders have deferred action on a plan by Bennie Thompson, a black Democrat from Mississippi, to ban Confederate images such as that contained in the Mississippi flag from being displayed in the House complex. Numerous statues of Confederate figures such as Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States, are also on display in the Capitol.
A little over an hour away from where I sit, lies a very special place, where brother fought against brother, and are buried together, along with succeeding generations of family members.
The Shiloh National Cemetery at Pittsburg Landing, Tenn., is situated on the west bank of the Tennessee River, just below the landing, and on the bluff immediately overlooking it. It contains ten acres of ground, and is enclosed by a rough stone wall of the most substantial character. A convenient lodge has been erected, and a permanent keeper is stationed at the Cemetery. A flag-staff has been erected on the bluff overlooking the river, from which the Union flag is kept constantly floating. The grounds are laid off into sections and groups by avenues and walks, neatly graded and graveled.
The number of interments in this Cemetery is 3,584, of which 2,359 are at present unknown. They represent 203 regiments from thirteen different States, besides colored troops and employees. The graves are all designated by head-boards numbered to correspond with the printed Roll of Honor.
These remains have been collected with great care from their scattered graves through that wild and desolate country, and on the line of the Tennessee River from Fort Henry to the foot of the shoals; and from no less than 565 separate localities.
The most interesting feature of this Cemetery will be found in the numerous Regimental Groups, of which there are no less than twenty-nine. These were originally buried upon the battle-field by their comrades, and great care has been taken to preserve the original arrangement. Occasionally the addition of a few scattered graves has been made to the original group.
On no other battlefield through the entire South and Southwest, does there seem to have been so great care and pains taken in the burial of the dead and in providing for their future identification. In the case of some of the regiments, even after the lapse of five years and the exposure of the head-boards to the annual ravages of fire, every grave has been identified.
Several years ago, I bore witness to an annual Civil War Reenactment, which is held every Memorial Day on the Civil War Battlefield of Shiloh.
Cannons are fired, guns discharge, while men feign falling in battle.
All that day, “Decoration Day” is observed, as family members lay flowers on the graves of those who had been laid to rest at Historic Shiloh Cemetery.
This yearly event is a solemn occasion, a chance to teach young Americans about the sacrifices of those who came before them.
And now, a bunch of spineless jellyfish, far removed from that historic battleground in Middle Tennessee, have taken away a solemn heritage and birthright, from the very people who gave them their cushy jobs, while they genuflect to the Altar of Political Correctness and the philosophy of “going along to get along”, led by Squishy Moderate Paul Ryan, acolyte of Former High Priest John Boehner.
Spineless, Vichy Republicans and Hive-Mind Liberal Democrats sacricing Free Speech. while Rewriting History in the name of the Intolerance known as Political Correctness.
The dead can not fight back.
This is beyond disgraceful.
And, these Professional Politicians cannot, for the life of them, can not figure out why a non-politician is going to be the next President of the United States of America.
Until He Comes,