JIM CREES: Let ‘er fly … loser.

ICREES MUG say …let ‘er fly!!!

When it comes to flying the Confederate battle flag, I don’t see any legal reason to limit a person’s free expression.

Moral reasons? Plenty.

Legal reasons? None that I can think of.

You want to fly the Stars and Bars – have at it.

Fly it freely. That’s what we’re all about – Freedom of Speech and all that.

So, let ‘er fly, but consider the Confederate flag carefully, if you will.

The Stars and Bars is a banner of insurrection. It was flown throughout the bloodiest war against the United States this nation has ever fought.

Depending on differing estimates, during the Civil War, between 620,000 and 850,00 military personnel died. That number of deaths, even on the low side, is higher than in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined.

When terrorists struck the World Trade Center, a number equal to about 0.5 percent of the war dead from the Civil War perished – and the United States basically declared war on two countries in response.

The Confederate flag symbolizes the complete and exact opposite to everything for which this nation stands.

BUT … Hey!! You “patriots” want to fly a Confederate flag? Have at it.

The Confederate flag, however, is not a symbol of patriotism. It is not a symbol of valor or honor.

It is a symbol of losers and of lost and degenerate causes.

The Confederate flag is the symbol of a broken philosophy, a doomed economic policy, and a failed military strategy.

They lost. The South lost.

The Confederate flag represents a people who first and foremost considered themselves superior to the nation to which they owed allegiance and to the law of the land.

Under the southern battle banner the first shots of the Civil War were fired on the enemy … their enemy – The United States of America.

But they lost. Despite early gains during the war, the South lost.

The Stars and Bars represents a failed philosophy and an economic program based wholly and solely on the subjugation of an entire people. It was supported in no little part by a perverted and errant collection of churches (not all) who found and preached (and some who still preach today) Biblical “truths” condoning the slavery of an entire people, a theology considering people of a different color as “beasts of the field.”

They lost. Their policies and philosophies failed and they lost.

Some, however, still feel an odd need to fly the battle flag.

Have at it.

The South lost the Civil War. Not the southern romanticized War of Northern Aggression, the War for Southern Independence, the Freedom War, the War of Secession or any other ridiculous name.

The Southern states lost their rebellion.

Despite Southern protestations at the time, God was not on their side!

They lost.

But the battle banner of losers continues to fly over the strongholds of losers in South Carolina, Mississippi, and indeed, around the country.

Hey! Let ‘em fly.

The Confederate battle flag is a banner of deprivation, failure, and shame.

It was flown when enemies of the United States of America carried out an armed rebellion against the United States of America.

It is flown today as a means of identifying with the same losing attitudes and corrupt philosophies.

The flag was a symbol of loss and moral bankruptcy.

It remains a symbol of abhorrent attitudes and repugnant policies today.

The Confederate battle flag is not a nostalgic symbol of NASCAR.

It is not a cute reminder of our love for “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

It is a symbol of the oppression of a single people because of the color of their skin and it is a reminder of treachery and the rebellion of traitors against the central government of these United States.

And it continues to be so.

How anyone can fly the flag that decimated an entire generation of Americans – on both sides of the battle line – is beyond me, but …

Let ‘er fly!

The losers in this country have just as much a right to free expression as do the winners.

And Lord knows, they are a bunch of losers.

After all, absolutely everything the Confederate battle flag represents was and is a failure – both then and today.

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Posted by Jim Crees

Jim is the editor in chief of the Pioneer, Herald Review and Lake County Star. He can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8360 or by e-mail at jcrees@pioneergroup.com.

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