You know, I’m pretty ambivalent about whether or not South Carolina should or shouldn’t have the Stars and Bars waving in their capitol. As I’m not from the south, and my ancestors fought on the side of the North, I don’t have much of a dog in this discussion.
However, as an American, I do have a special interest in making sure the Stars and Bars are preserved and in the forefront of America’s consciousness.
Quite frankly, I’m appalled at the lack of historical understanding of the Civil War, even at its most fundamental causes. And, I’m more appalled at the reality disconnect reaction to the recent savage murders in South Carolina.
To be sure, the slavery question was very prominent towards the animus between the North and the South. But, the question of slavery wasn’t the cause of the war. On both sides, both North and South, most knew that the institution of slavery was a dying issue. Abraham Lincoln had argued this on more than one occasion. This is mostly because of the advent of the cotton gin, which was patented in 1794. It was fought because of what was, and still is, the differences between rural America’s and urban America’s view on governing this land. That is, the question as to where the ultimate sovereignty lay.
By 1860, good American Christians had already confined the institution of slavery. Indeed, my home state, Kansas, pretty much settled the question of slavery expansion. Slave trade from Africa was already ended.
Fort Sumter was taken in April of 1861. Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation wasn’t delivered until January of 1863. The overwhelming majority of people who fought on the side of the South owned no slaves, and had no intentions of ever owning slaves. History revisionists can babble and bunch of bs towards the question, and again, it was a prominent issue, but, it’s
difficult impossible to say the war was fought over the slavery question when the people who fought it had no prospects nor intentions of ever owning slaves. Again, the Emancipation Proclamation was delivered nearly 2 years after the war had already started.
There is nothing more deplorable than the notion of allowing people to own other people, save a mass murder of fellow Christians in a church, praying for lost souls such as the animal who perpetrated such an atrocity.
But, when I read about the demand to bring down the Stars and Bars, I have to wonder if there are people out there who actually believe this will alleviate any pain the loved ones of murdered? Do people actually believe this may prevent more animals such as Roof?
If it be the will of the people, by all means, bring it down! Lay it low! But, bring it down in understanding of what it really was, not, in what you were made to believe it is. But, most of all, as you’re bringing it down, understand that the act will do absolutely nothing towards preventing another atrocity like what happened in Charleston.
Addendum: I think I’ve come to understand why this is so important to the rent-a-mob people ….
Today, it’s chic to be an anti-establishment anarchist …..or, a rebel, if you will. You can’t very well be a rebel if one of the emblems for individual and states rights is the rebel flag. So, it must be destroyed.