I’m old enough to remember when neo-Confederates were saying twenty years ago that the attack on the Confederate battle flag was a slippery slope because Old Glory flew over slavery far longer and even through the War Between the States. Isn’t the American flag also “racist”?
“The Confederate battle flag, which was crafted as a symbol of opposition to the abolishment of slavery, is just recently tired. We don’t see it much anymore. However, on the 6th, when the stormers rained on the nation’s most precious hut, waving Old Glory — the memo was received: the American flag is its replacement.
President Biden, Madame Harris and members of Congress: the American flag has been hijacked as code for a specific belief. God bless those believers, they can have it. Like the Confederate, it is tattered, dated, divisive, and incorrect. It no longer represents democracy and freedom. It no longer represents ALL of us. It’s not fair to be forced to honor it. It’s time for a new flag. …
On to the stripes. The Smithsonian documents that the “white” stripes represent purity and innocence. America is great. It is beautiful. Pure, it ain’t. It is broken and in pieces. …
Sixty-two years later, in 2021, we have changed and it’s time for a reset, a transformation. One that represents all states and all of us.”
Conservatives laughed off that argument.
We were assured that it would never get that crazy. The same people like Rich Lowry at National Review also said that the campaign against Confederate symbols and monuments that was being waged because of “racism” and “white supremacy” WOULD NOT slip into a broader attack on the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, the “American Idea,” Abraham Lincoln, Union monuments and Old Glory.
Note: Yesterday, Joe Biden signed the “Juneteenth National Independence Day Act” which created a new federal holiday to celebrate Independence Day. Conservatives voted for it!