[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On April 21st, 1861, the Civil War started with a bang. South Carolina rebel forces fired upon federal troops at Fort Sumter and the most painful chapter in our nation’s history began over whether states had to right to govern themselves.
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Over 150 years later, this painful wound has not fully healed. The South still, at times, resents the North and the left continues to re-open the wounds of racial division for political gains. Nowhere is this senseless grandstanding more prevalent than in the fight raging over the Confederate flag, a symbol that, for many, serves as a symbol of heritage and of a trodden idea of state sovereignty.
As liberals condemn the flag, they insist that they are not looking to pave-over history. But that’s clearly a lie.
Federal officials have now banned the Confederate flag from the grounds of Fort Sumter, the starting point for the war.
The decision to remove the flags came from a directive by National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis in Washington, D.C. which reads: “Confederate flags shall not be flown in units of the National Park system and related sites with the exception of specific circumstances where the flags provide historic context. … All superintendents and program managers should evaluate how Confederate flags are used … and remove the flags where appropriate.” “Shall not be flown” is the only text that appears in bold in the letter.
The site of the Civil War’s first battle is clearly a “historic” one, but according to a Fort Sumter spokesperson, it doesn’t qualify as a place where “flags provide historical context,” local WMBFNews reported.
After the initial order from Washington to remove the flags was handed down, NPS Director Jarvis provided “further guidance” the next day that put the onus for the decision on regional directors. Fort Sumter’s Superintendent Timothy Stone did not reverse Jarvis’ decision and the flags remain down.
“The Confederate flag has a place in national parks when it provides historic context — signifying troop movements and locations, during living history programs and reenactments, or as a part of memorials and historic landscapes,” Kathy Kupper, a spokesperson for the National Park Service, told the Washington Examiner.
The fort spokespeople are concerned they cannot provide “historical context” to those who do not attend the museum, like visitors on the beach or boaters passing by — although, unmentioned, is that these confused boaters and beachgoers would have to be in view of the mammoth edifice of the 19th century fort.
There is no historian on site to consult on the “historic context” so frequently mentioned by the park service. Spokesperson Bill Martin confirmed to the Washington Examiner that Fort Sumter’s only historian retired approximately six months ago, and the position remains unfilled due to staffing shortages within the Park Service.
Like most park service employees, the men making these decisions do not have history degrees. Fort Sumter’s superintendent has a background in forest management, with a bachelor’s of science in forest resources, according to his biography on the National Park Service web site. The originator of this ruling, NPS Director Jarvis, has a degree in biology.
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]Though many, many Americans see absolutely nothing wrong with the Confederate flag as a symbol of heritage. However, even if we accept the preposterous analogy offered by sensational liberals that it is the “American swastika,” is it acceptable to scrub history of this important element?
If we limit history only to the preferred narratives of the left (or the right), we cease to be a society that reveres history and the lessons it offers and we serve merely as propagandists- political parasites that contort historical fact to serve political ends.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]