Saturday, April 12, 2008

Bad Old Boys

From Huck's Free Pass: Why are the media ignoring Mike Huckabee's remarks about the Confederate flag? By Christopher Hitchens:

But this drivel, it turns out, is all a slick cover for racist incitement, and it ought not to be given a free pass.

And not merely racist incitement. So slack is our grasp of history and principle that we seem unable to think of the Confederacy as other than "offensive" to blacks. But there are two Republican candidates in this election—the absurd and sinister Ron Paul being the other—who choose this crucial moment in our time to exalt those who attempted to destroy the Union by force, and those who solicited the help of foreign powers in order to do so, and whose treason led to the violent deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans. Should their patriotism be questioned? I would say most definitely yes, and questioned repeatedly, at that, perhaps especially if they are seeking the nomination of the party of Lincoln.
There is no way to put a positive spin on the Confederacy. The Confederacy was about one thing, and one thing only. Treason. Southerners today that glorify the Confederacy are glorifying treason. The Confederate flag is symbolic of treason. Politicians that pander to the votes of these Southerners should be ashamed of themselves.

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