Anyone flying that flag, identifies themselves with the Confederate cause. The cause of treason, and the cause of slavery. So, yes, the people who wish to fly that flag, are the enemy.
That flag belongs in museums, a dusty relic of a lost cause.
@ NonLibinOregan...Most Southerners do not refer to the confederate flag as a symbol of slavery, but a symbol of succession? YES! We are proud that we stood up against a tyrannical government. Yes, we lost, but we did not, and will not forget. For all the fussing about the South being treasonous and living in the past, I sure do have to fight my way through a gaggle of Yankees to get to the water's edge at the beach. Also, if the South is so racist and horrible, then WHY do you folks come here to live? Why do blacks stay her? Why didn't they all transfer up North after the war? You white libs complain way more than the gracious black population here in S.C. Did you ever think maybe they don't want or need your help? We are not holding anyone hostage here in this beautiful state, I assure you. A man of modern times and views? You are an Obama shill that puts down one group of people in order to lift up another. That's modern views? There will be no unity from this. Just more division.
@badeggs - Apparently you need a bit of a history lesson. See, those Confederates you revere, they don't agree with your white-washed reasoning behind the Civil War. They knew what they were fighting for, and they spelled it out quite clearly. Let me direct your attention to the Articles of Secession, and more specifically, Mississippi, who was very blunt about why they were fighting:
A Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of the State of Mississippi from the Federal Union.
In the momentous step which our State has taken of dissolving its connection with the government of which we so long formed a part, it is but just that we should declare the prominent reasons which have induced our course.
Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery-- the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization.
Tell me again how the war isn't about slavery...tell me again how noble and honored the Confederacy was.
But apparently, I'm just an Obama shill...
NonLib. Although I am not from the south, I do connect with the concept of state's rights, so I have an affinity to the confederate battle flag. I also really enjoyed The Dukes of Hazzard.
Although those in power (government, large plantation owners) wanted to maintain their power base, and the war may have been started by them, they did not do the fighting, as is always the case in war.
Many of the southern fighters were fighting for state's rights regardless of why the war was started. Most could not afford slaves, and there were other issues related to overseas sales of cotton and tariffs between states.
So, essentially there are two very different opinions on what the confederate battle flag represents. Who is right? Both? Neither? Who are you to tell someone else that their beliefs are wrong when they have been passed down for generations?
@ NonLibInOregan....Apparently it is YOU that need a history lesson. Lol! I'll do my best...try to keep up.
In his inaugural address, delivered on March 4, 1861, Lincoln proclaimed that it was his duty to maintain the Union. He also declared that he had no intention of ending slavery where it existed, or of repealing the Fugitive Slave Law -- a position that horrified African Americans and their white allies. Lincoln's statement, however, did not satisfy the Confederacy, and on April 12 they attacked Fort Sumter, a federal stronghold in Charleston, South Carolina. Federal troops returned the fire. The Civil War had begun.
Immediately following the attack, four more states -- Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee -- severed their ties with the Union. To retain the loyalty of the remaining border states -- Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri -- President Lincoln insisted that the war was not about slavery or black rights; it was a war to preserve the Union. His words were not simply aimed at the loyal southern states, however -- most white northerners were not interested in fighting to free slaves or in giving rights to black people. For this reason, the government turned away African American volunteers who rushed to enlist. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p2967.html
Though "contraband" slaves had been declared free, Lincoln continued to insist that this was a war to save the Union, not to free slaves. But by 1862, Lincoln was considering emancipation as a necessary step toward winning the war. The South was using enslaved people to aid the war effort. Black men and women were forced to build fortifications, work as blacksmiths, nurses, boatmen, and laundresses, and to work in factories, hospitals, and armories. In the meantime, the North was refusing to accept the services of black volunteers and freed slaves, the very people who most wanted to defeat the slaveholders. In addition, several governments in Europe were considering recognizing the Confederacy and intervening against the Union. If Lincoln declared this a war to free the slaves, European public opinion would overwhelmingly back the North.
On July 22, 1862, Lincoln showed a draft of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet. It proposed to emancipate the slaves in all rebel areas on January 1, 1863. Secretary of State William H. Seward agreed with the proposal, but cautioned Lincoln to wait until the Union had a major victory before formally issuing the proclamation. Lincoln's chance came after the Union victory at the Battle of Antietam in September of 1862. He issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p2967.html
So you see NonLibInOregan.....slavery was thrown in as a perk by Lincoln to ensure the North would be the victor in the Civil war. He didn't care about the slaves. It was all about power. He wanted his union intact. In fact, after the civil war freed the slaves, Lincoln wanted to send them back to Africa, or even worse, Central America. I contend that the Civil War was NOT about slavery, even though slavery was brought into it. Don't try to school a Southerner on Southern History.
 July 6, 2015 at 1:30pm
Keeping you in my prayers, Mr. Beck.
 July 4, 2015 at 10:23am
“Our liberty depends on our education, our laws, and habits . . . it is founded on morals and religion, whose authority reigns in the heart, and on the influence all these produce on public opinion before that opinion governs rulers.” -Fisher Ames
“There are three points of doctrine the belief of which forms the foundation of all morality. The first is the existence of God; the second is the immortality of the human soul; and the third is a future state of rewards and punishments. Suppose it possible for a man to disbelieve either of these three articles of faith and that man will have no conscience, he will have no other law than that of the tiger or the shark. The laws of man may bind him in chains or may put him to death, but they never can make him wise, virtuous, or happy.” – John Quincy Adams
“Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime & pure, and which denounces against the wicked eternal misery, and which insured to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.” Charles Carroll
These men and many like them came together and created the greatest nation on earth. And just as they warned, with morality waning, tyranny is at the door. The hope though, as you say Ms. Fletcher, lies in us, and on educating ourselves and our children. God bless.
 July 2, 2015 at 11:56am
My thoughts exactly.
This morning I have cared for my animals, milked my cow, strung up chicken wire, hauled logs, and done various household chores. That doesn’t include the amount of walking from one end of the farm to the other.
 July 1, 2015 at 5:16pm
It affects everyone living in that society, most especially children. How exactly do you think inheritance issues will be settled? No one would even know whose child is whose.
Why do you think governments across the world started regulating the relationship between a man and woman? Do you think we ever needed the government’s permission to form relationships? Marriage, a real marriage, protects those involved, the children, but the women as well. It forces the man to be responsible for his offspring, and the woman who bears his children. It is as “unequal” an institution as liberals could ever have a nightmare of. But then, they understand nothing of real life.
 June 30, 2015 at 9:14am
Pay close attention people. This is what it has all been about. Finally, the fringe edges of those behind this feel confident enough to speak it out. They want to take over America from within. They’ve frightfully succeeded enough. Either we stand by and let them, or we stop it. You cannot count on media or anyone in high places to help you. Only grassroots will save America.
This is exactly what the globalists want. Internal unrest, riots, unreasonable hate that the media and our leaders foment, etc. Then when it gets bad enough, Marshall Law and UN troops on our soil. Some quotes from globalists;
“Today, America would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order. Tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told that there were an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by the World Government.”– Henry Kissinger, Bilderberger Conference in Evians, France, 1991
"To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism, and religious dogmas." - Brock Adams, Director UN Health Organization
"It is the sacred principles enshrined in the United Nations charter to which to which the American people will henceforth pledge their allegiance." President George Bush addressing the General Assembly of the U.N. February 1, 1992
Then when/if the SHTF this "rabble" will collapse under it's own weight. Unable to care for themselves they will loot, kill each other over a scrap of food. Meanwhile we "patriots" all set up with "essentials" will be set for their possible "onslaught". Then the "purge" will begin. As the old knight in the grail chamber would say, "THEY CHOSE POORLY." I for one wouldn't have the slightest problem with "dispatching" one of these wastes of DNA.
This is okay. The dark side will reveal itself and the people within it’s ranks. With every fire, shooting, flag burning, event that brings out the fringe groups more and more of the “problems” are identified. The identified are people we do not want among us. They are liabilities to the country and all decent citizens of the United States. If these miscreants are imprisoned or dead we do not miss them. They are not needed and expendable pieces of human flesh. We already know who will be there. Muslims, black groups, white Marxists or anyone else who is a progressive from any group or ethnicity. The people that make America will not be burning flags or protesting or expressing outrage. Keep you eyes and ears open so that they are not misidentified. Heck, you can probably go to facebook and find 90% of the problems in the country. There will come a time when someone will state, "you are either with us or against us," well, you are either an American who supports the United States as it was before Obama (B.O.) or you are an anarchist bent on destroying America.
June 29, 2015 at 10:50pm
Excellent article. Glad to know the Blaze still has a few good writers. ;)
 June 29, 2015 at 10:44pm
Carnival, you exactly point out what is wrong with millennials, and power hungry tyrants are using you for it, as they have in the past. Because most millennials have not been taught a shred of values, many, as the author pointed out, don’t even know what that means. They have no idea what a boundary is.
Something that is True, is something that can never be false. For instance, red is red. It doesn’t matter if you call it blue, it is still red. If you change the meaning of blue to mean red, it is still red. That is truth. This is the most basic of Values and Virtues.
If lawmakers had not claimed ignorance of this most basic, grade-school Value, Obamacare would have made it out of Congress, and even if it did, not out of SCOTUS the first time around. As for marriage, the argument would have never made past the first headline.
It is so because the truth is that Obamacare cannot sustain itself. No amount of cheerful thinking will create the funds or doctors needed. It is so because a homosexual couple is not the same as a heterosexual one, and no amount of legislation will make it so. No amount of holes cut into him will make a man into a woman. No amount of contraception changes the fact that a baby is the object of sex, and that the creation of one is a possibility each and every time
These facts and others like them form the basis of civil morality.
 June 29, 2015 at 8:43pm
Since both sides joined in prayer, I wish I could know more about what happened that isn’t filtered through a media lens.
 June 29, 2015 at 3:18pm
Now that he has the Supreme Court in his pocket, no need to pretend to hide his disdain for the Constitution anymore.
 June 29, 2015 at 3:09pm
I’ve seen more Confederate flags in the past 2 weeks than I have in the two years I moved here, including a truck parade (minus the police escort). I think the media and powers-that-be have started a movement alright, but not the one they bargained for.
Ill tell you whats going on , freedom is going on, how long do you think white Americans are going to take the racist attacks perped by obammi and his fellow marxists ? We are free men and we will fly any flag we choose, obama should be removed, tried and executed for treason ! When will blacks understand they are "only pawns" to be sacrificed in Marxism's quest for world dominance and he will kill millions of blacks if it serves "his pathological purposes "!
Never had an inclination to fly a Confederate Battle Flag until this past week. Ordered six of them...overnight delivery.
The Confederate Flag will come to represent the 'new symbol' of resistance against our"unamerican govt" ! If Americans are to reclaim control of their country, we must do something soon before our entire military is purged of loyal Americans!
 June 29, 2015 at 11:45am
Every single one of those counter-arguments have been counter-argued. Second, SSM was legal in so many states because /federal courts forced them./
Lastly, SSM was able to be legalized in the states to actually do so legitimately because /states have jurisdiction over marriage regulation./ By your reasoning, if one state legalizes something, then all must legalize something. Well, why for sugar beans do we bother having state governments then?
I expect the Blaze to hold its contributors to a little bit of a higher standard than this. If your entire argument is gathered from the back of a liberal cereal box, you are wasting our time.
"Every single one of those counter-arguments have been counter-argued"
That simply means there is a difference of opinion. Do you have anything that makes your opinion more valid - thus more worthy of bearing legal weight - than the opposing argument?
"By your reasoning, if one state legalizes something, then all must legalize something"
You don't understand the ruling. It doesn't say that if something is legal in one state it must be legal in all states. It states that if something is held as a right in the majority of states then all 50 states must also recognize that right.
"I expect the Blaze to hold its contributors to a little bit of a higher standard than this. If your entire argument is gathered from the back of a liberal cereal box, you are wasting our time."
TheBlaze holds its contributors to extremely high standards. What standards do you hold yourself to? Where does your argument get its weight? What makes your opinion on the subject more valid than his?
 June 27, 2015 at 11:00pm
I’ve seen more Confederate flags in the past week than I have in the past two years. I don’t think the South gives a roots toot what you or your lackeys think or say, Obama.
 June 24, 2015 at 12:39pm
I am of deep south heritage. My grandfather will tell you factually that he is prejudiced. Mind you, I know my grandfather, you don’t. He is not a hateful man. He believes in an order of things, the same as many people do without realizing, or have you seen a huge spike of interracial marriages lately? I disagree with him, profusely, but I understand the way he thinks. The next thing he will tell you is that he is Democrat, and has been all his life. I am Republican (loosely so, at this point).
All this hubbub over I flag I consider to be nothing but a symbol of Southern pride has led me to doing more research. I find that the official reason for succession was indeed the institution of slavery. Personal reasons for individual soldiers, however, was mostly to fight with their homeland, their states, thus the division on the Battle Flag’s meaning. The Democratic party owned the south, but they existed in the North too, and fought abolition there. In other words, it was not clear cut then anymore than it is now. Praising an entire demographic while vilifying the other is dumb.
I do find it ironic that the party who flew it as a symbol of racism now calls for its departure. Maybe because that is all the flag ever meant to the democratic party, they try to pin it on us now. All I know is, by the time I came along, racism had little to do with it. This generation has taken us backwards.
Research? You need to go back to your history books (not Obama's community colleges). The abolition of slavery was discussed at the first constitutional convention. STATES RIGHTS were the issue; then as now!
 June 23, 2015 at 4:38pm
I just had this conversation with my husband not 2 hours before this article.
 June 22, 2015 at 5:51pm
This is being driven by hate on both sides. It’s not going to stop by pulling down a flag. Bottom line is, those who hate don’t really care why they hate. If it’s not the Rebel Flag, they will focus on something else, until there will be nothing left but what this is really about, hatred of white.
The South Carolina state flag which is a blue field with a Palmetto tree and crescent moon on it offends me to no end.
Don't have an issue with the blue field or the Palmetto tree...but that crescent moon....that should go.
For all those who read this....try doing so while recognizing sarcasm.
Although, I am not all that thrilled with the crescent moon.
Flags are the first step, It will only stop after the last CSA memorial on government property is bulldozed. What Lincoln largely refused to do, seek revenge and punish the South and it's citizens and soldiers, modern Democrats are taking up the torch to accomplish.
 June 21, 2015 at 6:36pm
Those willing to commit vandalism are the root. The people in Emanuel today, they were the solution.
Don’t let Dylann Roof’s agenda win.
 June 19, 2015 at 9:31am
You have described my own marriage very well. I have a wonderful husband whom I respect. He has the difficult task of ensuring our family stays financially and spiritually functional, while I support him in every way a wife should. It has never been about superiority. We are different, but equally valuable. I acknowledge him, as God set to order, as the head of this household, because I understand that a ship can have only one Captain. That doesn’t make me a deckhand; I am co-captain along with him, with different responsibilities and duties. This is something that the current generation has a difficult time comprehending. Meanwhile, our family is happy. My kids have both biological parents who rarely (though certainly not never!) fight. 15 years and counting.
I wish you the best
But if your kids are grown and your husband
might leave you for a younger woman do you have
any skills to support yourself?
Ask the MANY former Mrs Newt Gingriches.
Or the first Mrs. John McCain.
At least Jane Wyman had a career,
Once the former Mrs. Ronald Reagan.
God Bless you and your family!
 June 14, 2015 at 6:43pm
“We do not feel that she is in a position to properly reflect the values of our communities,” the petition reads. “The questions surrounding her integrity may discredit the work that has been previously done to better the movement of social justice and equality.”
You mean she is the Empress wearing your New Clothes.