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Honor Heritage with the RIGHT Flag

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In the raging controversy over the Confederate battle flag, defenders of that controversial banner insist it symbolizes Southern Heritage. But that flag only officially represented the South for four years – the deadliest, most destructive years in all Southern history, in a failed conflict to dismantle the United States and preserve slavery. Why not honor the South and its admirable patriotism by flying the flag under which Southerners fought heroically in all our wars—and that would be Old Glory? Or else, what about the historic “Palmetto Flag,” official state flag of South Carolina? Devised in 1775, it inspired the state’s noble role fighting the British in the Revolution. Even though Confederates also used it in the Civil war, that tragic episode represents only a tiny part of the Palmetto Flag’s honorable history. The right way to celebrate a long, stirring heritage is to emphasize its best years, rather than focus on its most painful and dubious interlude.

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  1. Joshua Normand  •  Jun 28, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Yes, Michael. That would be the intelligent thing to do. To use a sports example, would the Seahawks want to use uniforms from 1992 when they were 2-14 or the current uniforms, which they’ve been quite successful with.

  2. jguy  •  Jun 28, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    I learned on a previous Medved show….very enlightening as most are….to look
    for the “perceived victim” to understand why modern Americans often, if not
    always, go with that which is obviously wrong… In this case the Losing South
    that went down after the insanity of Gettysburg and the massively destructive
    march of Sherman has become that victim. The true victim was the slave that was
    the ultimate victor but “perceived victim” mentality has to go with the south. So stupid.

  3. Ray Lammers  •  Jun 29, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    A fine idea, infinitely better than a silly professor’s idea to replace Santa Claus with a penguin to symbolize Christmas after a kid questioned the legitimacy of a black man playing Santa. However it shares the same problem, that iconic symbols are rarely borne out of measured logic or even intent.

  4. ron meszaros  •  Jul 3, 2015 at 7:25 am

    I respect the Confederacy Stars and Bars flag because to me it represents the hundreds of thousands of young men who died fighting their fellow countrymen. No other symbol does that. My great grandfather, Charles Bennett left a wife and child behind. It is a history lesson we should not ever forget.

  5. Marshall Lawson  •  Jul 3, 2015 at 9:16 am

    The flag should never have flown over state grounds to start with for the simple reason it is not a sovereign flag of the state or nation. In the spirit of compromise and appeasement, the people’s representatives removed it from the Capitol dome to the Soldier’s Monument. The people of State of South Carolina and not outside agitators should decide via referendum whether is should forever be removed entirely from state property.

    Given the choice, I believe a majority of South Carolinians would vote to remove it. But can we stop with the nonsense the so called Civil War was a noble war to free the slaves. Lincoln himself proclaimed he would free some of the slaves, all of the slaves or non of the slaves to preserve the union. As far as the alleged inviolability of the union in concerned, all the delegates at Philadelphia in 1781 took for granted their absolute right to leave the union they created. Six states expressly reserved such right in their articles as an exclamation point. They could not conceive of joining any government, especially one they created, that they could only leave under the penalty of death! But the victors write the history books and our northern counterparts will never admit the great tyrant Lincoln or their ancestors waged a criminal war against the South, murdering over 300,000 citizens in the process. What is particularly absurd is the fact that those who believe nationhood should be imposed by force have no problem with Mexico colonizing and conquering the South, North and West via a massive invasion of the southern border! So much for their moral superiority regarding preservation of the union.

    • OSHA  •  Jul 4, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Lincoln… great tyrant? You must be smoking those now legal drugs they have in Colorado.

    • stb  •  Jul 8, 2015 at 9:02 am

      “have no problem with Mexico colonizing and conquering the South, North and West via a massive invasion of the southern border!” Marshall, you do realize the vast swaths of the land “Mexico” is “colonizing” were actually parts of Mexico until our ancestors conquered them in the name of manifest destiny. Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, California, Utah, and Nevada.

  6. Claude  •  Jul 6, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Thank God we have a Yankee who never lived south of Pennsylvania to lecture us poor ignorant southerners as to what Southerners value. (Note: San Diego doesn’t count. California is culturally a suburb of New York.)
    Unfortunately, the Palmetto Flag has a few problems, first of which is that Southerners don’t have any real cultural connection unless they live in South Carolina.
    But most important, as you point out, is that the Palmetto Flag was the first flag to fly over secession; not once, in the Second War of Secession, but also in 1775 during the First War of Secession.
    Secession is one of the great evils, and anyone involved in secession must renounce his evil ways and return to the rightful government he has so cruelly betrayed.
    God Save The Queen!

  7. Zoney  •  Jul 10, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    This is what Michael Medved chooses to dwell on day in and day out — he embraces and joins with the farcical demonization of the Old South by race-baiting liberal PC hand-wringers, and promotes a false and pandering characterization of the Civil War and its underlying causes. With “conservatives” like this, who needs liberals?

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