Has it occurred to anyone who is whining and cajoling about the Confederate flag that everything we associate with it – racism, segregation, slavery – occurred within the United States under the Stars and Stripes? Indeed, some forget that slave states fought on the side of the Union during the Civil War; this means that those who fought on the Union side were doing so beneath a flag representing a nation which, prior to the Emancipation Proclamation, would have maintained the institution of slavery as protected by the Constitution before the 13th Amendment.
But let’s be honest: What government doesn’t have innocent blood on its hands? How much blood is too much or too little? What about the American flag today? Is the federal government not engaged in unconstitutional, intrusive surveillance that would put the KGB to shame? Is it not engaged in foreign intervention overseas in countries that have done us no harm? Has it not contributed to the destruction of what is good and decent in American culture and society, including the institution of marriage?
Why does the American flag not represent what our government is doing right now?
Douglas Wilson at This Crimson Mind brilliantly points out the inconsistency of the anti-Confederate flag view from a religious perspective (emphasis mine).
From the adoption of the Constitution in 1789 to the outbreak of hostilities in 1861, the American flag flew over race-based chattel slavery, constitutionally recognized. That was 72 years. The Roe v. Wade decision happened in 1973, wrapped up in penumbral evasions and lies, but still done in the name of the Constitution, the flag of which is Old Glory. That means that abortion has been a settled constitutional right for 42 years now. In another 30 years we will have been chopping babies up in the name of the Constitution for as long as blacks were bought and sold under the aegis of the Constitution.
And screw this into your minds — our treatment of the unborn is far, far worse than slavery was and involves many more millions of people. “As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge” (Jer. 5:27–28). If there is one cause we have absolutely refused to hear, it is the cause of the fatherless.
Since the shooting in Charleston last week, approximately 15,000 children have lost their lives in this country; legally, according to the nine black-robed Nazgul; safely, at least if you don’t count the baby; but scarcely rarely. Blacks make up about thirteen percent of the general population, and yet are represented in about 35 percent of the abortions. That is disproportionate enough to lean genocidal, and to make it the actual legacy of the very white bones of Margaret Sanger. That means 5,250 of these children, slaughtered legally since last Wednesday, were black. Who speaks for them? I don’t count because I have a picture of Stonewall Jackson in my office.
If one takes umbrage at the Confederate flag for the actions of the government it represents, then one has no business flying Old Glory on the front porch, which until 1865 preserved a wretched system that violated the NAP in the grossest of manners and for the past 50 years has committed a far worse crime against mankind by eliminating entire generations of humans before they taste their first breath of life.
The saying “straining a gnat but swallowing a camel” comes to mind (and we wonder why Southerns consider Yankees to be the most sanctimonious, self-righteous breed of humans to occupy this continent). But if we are to argue that Old Glory doesn’t represent the actions of the federal government, then how can the reverse be true for another.
Pick one or the other. Or do the right thing and take them both down from the mast!