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The Confederate Battle Flag
The Battle for Historical Truth vs. Politically Correct Hysteria
Author: Mike Scruggs, columnist for TheTribune Papers .com www.TheTribunePapers.com
(published on my site, Found Penny Farm.com blog with permission of TheTribunePapers.com editor and with full attribution to that site)
The Confederate Battle Flag, sometimes called the Southern Cross, is held in disfavor by many who are unfamiliar with its origin and true symbolism. Many have been taught to treat it as an object of moral horror and political infamy. A deadly combination of ignorance and arrogant self-righteousness is constantly engaged in shouting down its true history and meaning. Demagogues freely defame it, while moral cowardice acquiesces to their outrageous distortions of the truth.
The apathetic allow its true history to be buried under decades of slanderous propaganda. It is incumbent upon those who value truth, fairness, good will, reasonable tolerance, and charity in society to educate themselves on the true history and meaning of this famed banner.
In order to understand and fully appreciate the meaning and heritage of the Confederate Battle Flag it is necessary to reach back far into history and then come forward to the battlefields of its fame. Finally we must visit the hallowed resting-places of the fallen and of the veterans of that historic struggle.
The salient design feature of the Battle Flag is its diagonal cross or saltier. This has for many centuries been a preeminent Christian symbol. The Southern Cross or Confederate Battle Flag with its white trimmed blue diagonal on a red field is a descendent of the Scottish St. Andrews Cross. As we shall see, it was meant to be a preeminently Christian self-identification of the Southern people.
Confederate/former U.S. Congressman William Miles, the principal designer and sponsor of the flag wrote to a friend in the summer of 1861 that:
“The flag should be a token of humble acknowledgement of God and be a public testimony to the world that our trust is in the Lord our God.”
It was initially used only as the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia but eventually spread to most Confederate Army units. The Christian symbolism of the flag was widely understood by Confederate soldiers and the Southern people. That is why they frequently referred to it as “our Southern Cross.”
As celebrated Southern historian, Shelby Foote, has said, it also came to stand for Law, in the sense of a government of Law rather than a government subject to the whim of tyrants or majorities. In that regard it stood for a strict rather than opportunistic interpretation of Law and Constitution. It also came to be a symbol of defiance against tyranny and the right of a free people to determine their own destiny. This may be one of its most enduring meanings.
The Confederate Battle Flag has been seen all over the world in this regard, on the Berlin Wall, and in the capitals of the Baltic republics and Eastern Europe, wherever free people must resist tyranny and the modern scourge of political correctness. It stood for limited government and States Rights against the dangers of concentrated and centralized power. It stood for the principles of the constitutional federal republic of 1787 that the South felt were threatened by Northern political philosophies and economic ambitions. It stood for the Rights gained and blood-sacrifices their forefathers had made in the Revolutionary War.
If there was one word used more often than any other in the secession conventions, it was “Honor.” The Confederate Battle Flag came to signify the honor of the Confederate soldier and the Southern people. It has come to symbolize the South itself with all its culture. These are not dead issues. More than anything it must forever symbolize the sacrifice of fallen Confederate soldiers on the battlefields of their War for Southern Independence and also to the veterans of those fields of honor.
The Confederate Battle Flag is frequently slandered and treated with contempt by those who have uncritically accepted the prevailing perversion of Civil War history. Those who have broken the chains of political correctness and unsnarled the many decades of propaganda justifying that war come to a different conclusion.
There are those who say that the display of the Confederate Battle Flag is insensitive. They say it is a symbol of slavery and offends many people. But their offense is based on ignorance of its true origin and history. Their offense is based on decades of unquestioned propaganda attempting to justify an unjust war and its deplorable tyranny and conduct. The men who carried the Southern Cross into battle never meant it to be a symbol of slavery. Their letters and diaries prove it was far from their minds. Not many of them owned slaves or favored its continued existence for very long in the future.
Less than 25% of Southern households owned slaves. So far as slavery was concerned, they only wanted the right to deal with it in their own way in their own time state by state, just as the Northern states, all of which had slavery in 1776, had done. The Union Army did not invade the South to free slaves. They invaded the South to prevent its political and economic independence. Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation for slaves came after more than 19 months of war and did not actually free any slave in Union held territory. It was done as a war measure in hopes of causing disorder in the South. Only later was the slavery issue used in an attempt to give tyranny a pious justification.
The right to define the meaning of the Confederate Battle Flag or any flag belongs to those who by their history and shed blood own its heritage.
Radical and lawless groups often display the United States flag, but this does not change its true meaning to fair-minded people. Nor should fair-minded people rightly associate the Confederate Battle Flag with evil because the very same groups expropriate and display it. Groups such as the NAACP and SPLC have no right to define the meaning of Confederate flags any more than the French have the right to define the meaning of the Italian flag or any flag but their own. Redefining and slandering someone else’s heritage and symbols is incredibly arrogant and stirs up needless strife. Honorable people pursuing a just and civil society do not seek to dishonor and marginalize the heritage and symbols of others.
The iron chains of political correctness have so enslaved our academic, media, and political spheres of interest in America that a false narrative of American history, especially of the “Civil” War and Reconstruction, increasingly dominates our culture and closes off all knowledge, reason, and truth of that era with Stalinist rigor. In that false narrative, the sectional tensions over slavery have been exaggerated in order to eclipse constitutional, economic, cultural, and taxation issues that were far more important to both sides than slavery. In fact, the slavery question was much more focused on the possible extension of slave labor to new states and territories than on the moral question of slavery.
How did the role of slavery become so distorted and exaggerated as a cause of the “Civil War”? In the words of President Woodrow Wilson:
“It was necessary to put the South at a moral disadvantage by transforming the contest from a war waged against states fighting for their independence into a war waged against States fighting for the maintenance and extension of slavery…”
Writing in December of 1861 in a London weekly publication, the famous English author, Charles Dickens, who was a strong opponent of slavery, said this about the war going on in America:
“The Northern onslaught upon slavery is no more than a piece of specious humbug disguised to conceal its desire for economic control of the United States.”
Karl Marx, like most European socialists of the time, favored the North. In an 1861 article published in England, he articulated very well what the major British newspapers, the Times, the Economist, and Saturday Review, had been saying:
“The war between the North and South is a tariff war. The war, is further, not for any principle, does not touch the question of slavery, and in fact turns on the Northern lust for power.”
The historical facts demolish the propagandistic morality play that a virtuous North invaded the evil South to free the slaves. Five years after the end of the War, prominent Northern abolitionist attorney and legal scholar, Lysander Spooner, summed it up this way:
“All these cries of having ‘abolished slavery,’ of having ‘saved the country,’ of having ‘preserved the Union,’ of establishing a ‘government of consent,’ and of ‘maintaining the national honor’ are all gross, shameless, transparent cheats—so transparent that they ought to deceive no one.”
Yet apparently many today are still deceived and even prefer to be deceived. This includes prominent “conservative “celebrity commentators on Fox News, a Southern Governor, and many other political and media leaders who know only the politically correct official party line (of both parties). If they ever do their homework on the “War” and Reconstruction, they will be terribly embarrassed by their present ill-informed, self-righteous moral blustering. Which of the blustering critics of the Confederate cause has ever even heard of the Morrill Tariff or its unjust and shamelessly exploitive predecessors?
The murder of nine blacks (or people of any color) in a church (or elsewhere) is an inexcusable and demented crime, and the guilty should be punished. But it is not justification for vilifying a people or their history, especially with ignorant and hateful lies. If more Americans knew the real history of the “Civil War,” the Confederate Battle Flag would be honored everywhere rather than falsely vilified.
Leonard M. (Mike) Scruggs is the author of The UN-Civil War: Shattering the Historical Myths, Universal Media, Asheville, 2011.
(www.TheTribunePapers.com Editor’s note: Which flag was it that the captured blacks - stuck in the hell holes of U.S. ships carrying them from Africa to Boston - saw when they looked up from their cells on the ship? What flag was it that drug them into torment?)
/waving hand in the air energetically --- OOOooh OOOOOHhh!! I KNOW this one!!! Let ME answer ... !!
|Posted by [email protected] on April 7, 2015 at 10:45 AM||comments (1)|
T'was the day before Easter,
and all through the house,
every creature was stirring,
including my spouse!
Colored eggs were all made,
Their designs so exciting,
and the family brigade expecting
tomorrows hunt, so inviting!
As my sister watched quietly,
and to herself noted,
I saw there a sadness she covered
while everyone else Easter promoted.
So I stood there beside her
for only a moment or two,
I asked what's the reason
her look was so blue.
Softly she smiled
and sharing her thought,
explained that it really wasn't Easter,
for which all the new dresses and baskets were bought.
She turned and explained with a light in her eye,
her voice ever gentle and so endearing,
began to share just how Satan,
was at work commandeering.
That for Christians,
their celebration of this Holy day,
did not really resemble,
what once was "the way".
You see, she went on, that the world will delight
in pagan celebrations of Easter bunnies so trite,
and having the first reason for having the day
n'er be remembered or come back to light.
Christians should remember, this is all about Christ,
His atonement for our sin,
His death on the cross,
His blood for our souls that were dying and lost.
So why do we cheapen
Christ's Life and His blood,
when mouthing "Happy Easter!",
drag God's love through the mud.
If you want to please Satan,
as he subtly hijacks the day,
keep celebrating your egg hunts
and Happy Easter, remember to say.
Knowing instead what we REALLY should SAY,
Praise God for His Son, His love, our salvation,
Exclaiming as one, throughout all the nations,
Christ is risen! It's HIS RESURRECTION DAY!!
Here's wishing you all a Blessed Resurrection Day! I know it is not perfect iambic pentameter (in fact, I looked up iambic pentameter and it isn't even close!), but it was the best I could do on short notice . . . you see, God just keeps on blessing! Today, the day after Resurrection Day, a new baby lamb was born on my little farm. All God's blessings are wonderful, but are especially poignant for me now and I needed to express myself! And since my favorite song is "Count your blessings, name them one by one" this little girl makes the current count of my small flock, 13, so this little blessing is named Thirteen.
I thank my Heavenly Father for giving me my big sister. What does the birth of a little lamb have to do with it all? Not much really, except that my sister's conversation about pagan rituals and celebrating and the birth of this little lamb brought it back to mind.
For Christians, this should NOT be a "celebration of Spring" and especially not "Easter", the pagan celebration, with all the commercial trappings of new outfits, or hats, or bunnies or egg hunts. Why do churches have "Easter Services"? Complete with kids hunting Easter Eggs and baskets with baby bunnies, chicks, chocolate and all. Why is it so important to not "offend" anyone? And since when did churches decide that keeping children entertained was their reason for existing? Not disappointing the kids is now the reason to turn what should be a sacred observance of the Resurrection of Christ into an egg hunt on the church lawn? Seriously?
What about Christians rights and sensibilities to not be offended? Why must Christians be the ones to forego our principles, faith and beliefs? Just because some special interest group or other ideology demands THEIR right to not LIKE or agree with us? Well, it is their right to not like it or agree with it, but it is NOT their right to demand that WE stop believing or having our principles and faith just to spare their sensibilities. Christians are not trying to MAKE them believe OUR way, but only that they stop trying to make THEIR way "the law".
Because my big sister reminded me: The REASON for THIS day - (like CHRISTmas) is Jesus, He is RISEN! Indeed, He is risen! Hope you all had a blessed RESURRECTION DAY! (I love you Wanda!)
As I read back over this, I guess it sounds rather sanctimonious, and I truly didn't intend that. Only that it struck me so hard when my dear sister and I were talking about it.