Recently, conservative talk radio star Rush Limbaugh offered a startling prediction. With the national conversation swirling around the Confederate flag, Limbaugh posited that the American flag would soon be in the crosshairs of the left who despise so much of what America is.
“If you take a look at the timeline of progressive events, their speed and rapidity with which the left is conducting this assault on all of these American traditions and institutions, if you don’t think the American flag’s in their crosshairs down the road, you had better stop and reconsider,” Limbaugh predicted.
“It isn’t gonna be long before the American flag is gonna cause chills, fear, scary thoughts,” Limbaugh noted.
In a faux-liberal mocking tone, Limbaugh declared, “It’s gonna make me nervous, the American flag, when I see the American flag, it’s a symbol of hate!”
Limbaugh is right to worry. The speed at which the left operates and at which so-called Republicans yield to their demands is shocking. Within a week of a nutcase shooting up a church, the left was able to successfully challenge the legitimacy of the Confederate flag and center a national discussion on it. Should they dedicate their efforts to the Stars ‘n’ Stripes, it will be gone in a New York minute.
Those who protest the Confederate flag as a supposed symbol of hate do so out of ignorance. The Confederacy existed to challenge federal supremacy. Of course, the catalyst for this virulent disagreement over states’ rights was slavery, an evil, indefensible institution that virtually nobody is looking to defend in modern times.
In truth, a simple history lesson for the left would solve this whole dust-up quickly for the fact of the matter is that if the true aim of the left is to ban any semblance of our nation’s racist past, we cannot ban the Confederate flag without banning the American flag.
Let’s not pretend that America, from the earliest days of her inception, was a truly egalitarian utopia except for those darn Southerners. Both the Confederate and American flags flew over governments that allowed slavery; it’s illogical to ban one and not the other.
The North was complicit in the South’s slaveholding in innumerable ways. Not only would the North return runaway slaves to their Southern masters, but the Northern economy, from the inception of our nation, was built upon production and the refining of raw materials picked and processed by slaves.
Allow me to repeat: the Northern economy was built upon the backs of slave labor in the South.
Of course, attitudes in the North and South varied wildly concerning the horrid institution of slavery. Still, we cannot pretend that the North had been innocent in the continuation of slavery.
So, we are faced with two choices: ban all things that could ever be offensive to anybody. Or, pick up a damn history book, educate ourselves, and accept that though our nation has a painful history that includes oppression and horrendous misdeeds, it has still been a beacon of hope for millions and has done tremendous good for this world and let us not shamefully hide our history and heritage, but feel proud of who we are as a nation while still remembering that as a nation, we have been far from perfect.