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I’ve seen discussions, arguments and outright fights over the issue
of whether or not the icon of Southern heritage — the Confederate
Battle Flag — should be publicly displayed anywhere, and
especially in the South. Enough already; we’ve listened to the people
who seek to divide us among racial and ethnic lines for far too long.

For some reason that only the gods of political campaign issues seem
to know, all of a sudden, the Confederate flag has become embroiled in
presidential campaign politics as well.

If candidates think they have to spar and joust over whether or not
people can choose to fly the flag of a country that doesn’t even exist
anymore, you have to wonder if they have any substantial issues to talk
about at all. You just have to know that people in other countries are
laughing hysterically at us: “Those silly Americans; they’ve got
everything and yet they’ve got nothing at all.”

Look, there is much fiction about Southern heritage tossed around as
absolute truth, even though those race-baiting pinheads who spew lies as
“fact” have about as much understanding of the South as Bill Clinton has
for discretion. Worse are those from the South who — for purely
selfish political reasons — choose to join the chorus of the absurd
because they think it is the only way they can get elected or, at a
minimum, noticed.

The truth about the Confederate flag itself has been so tainted by
any number of factors it’s no wonder many blacks are resentful of it. I
can’t say I blame them; it’s not their fault that liberals have
continually used them and the issue of Southern independence as a way to
demonize and divide for selfish political gain. And at this advanced
stage of indoctrination, it is virtually impossible to get to the truth
about this symbol, so I won’t even try. Few on either side of the color
gap want to hear the truth anyway.

But I’ll tell you this much: Vice President Al Gore and every other
political piker like him ought to be seriously taken to task for
inciting most of the animosity over the flag itself among the country’s
diverse population, but especially that animosity between blacks and
whites. I’m not convinced that Gore cares one whit about “ordinary”
blacks, whites or the flag — he cares most about staying in the
spotlight, promoting his own selfish agenda, remaining shrouded in his
cocoon of self-importance and getting elected. And like most
modern liberals, he uses the tried and true tactic of “divide and
conquer.” Don’t worry about the truth, they reason; let’s just get
these segments of society whipped up enough to support us.
That’ll be enough voters for us to win. And winning at any cost
is the name of the political game.

Fast forward to South Carolina, the most prominent battleground for
the Confederate flag today.

Gore last week accused
Texas Gov. George W. Bush of “playing to some of his supporters” when
the governor said the people of that state ought to decide what they
want to do with the battle flag, which has been flying underneath the
U.S. and state flag atop the capitol building since South Carolina
celebrated a Civil War centennial in 1962.

Gore added that he believes Bush’s attitude, and those of “his
supporters … have some pretty obsolete and even hateful attitudes” –
towards blacks, mind you. Even the Reuters story that reported these
remarks reported the rift between Gore and Bush on this issue as Bush
“refusing to take a stand on the Confederate flag flying over the South
Carolina State House in order not to offend bigoted voters” (my
emphasis).

That is an incredibly insensitive and slanderous thing to say
about somebody, especially when you yourself know it isn’t
true. Gore cannot seriously, for one moment, believe that any
politician in the 21st century can actually get away with — and be
elected to the office of the presidency upon — a racist, “hateful,” or
“bigoted” platform … does he? Who would that candidate be? And what
proof would he offer to support his charge? And did he actually
hear that person succumb to bigotry and see that person
exhibit racist tendencies?

Or was it just another sound bite, designed to pander instead?

Maybe you personally have seen some people who behave like
racists, but I doubt very seriously that Bush is one of them. On the
other hand, you have seen, heard and sensed that Gore is using the issue
to score political points; he just called Bush a racist and an
intolerant bigot because Bush wants to let the people of South Carolina
decide their own destiny — as it should be. But Gore provides no
basis in truth for that charge; using Bush’s position of “let the people
decide” is not “proof” of anything remotely connected to racism.

Come to me with this charge when you hear Bush use the “N” word or
openly disparage blacks as being inferior or some similarly offensive
(and incorrect) presumption, Mr. Gore. Until then, you have nothing –
only pandering liars insinuate something about another candidate for
which they cannot substantiate.

Blacks — and whites, too — need to wake up and smell what frauds
like Gore are shoveling. The Confederate flag is not a national
political issue; this divisive use of race-baiting politics, however, is
a serious problem.

There is no excuse for racism — legitimate, in your
face, I-hate-you-because-of-your-color-or-origin racism. But in
this country, there is also no excuse for denying people
reverences in his or her heritage, even if you happen to disagree
with them. For many Southerners, that might lie in display of the
Confederate flag; for many blacks, that might lie in the celebration of
Kwanzaa. Either way — in this country — all people have
a God-given right to that kind of expression, even if it is
misunderstood, offensive or foreign to other people.

Gore should know that — how many times has he sworn an oath to
“uphold, defend and protect the Constitution of the United States”? That
includes the First Amendment, Al.

America does not need a specialist in division for a president; we
need an individual who can unite us — once and for all. Contrary
to popular belief, this country — as diverse as it is — indeed can
unite
, regardless of cultural differences and regional heritage.
That is what is supposed to make us “unique” as a nation among nations
– an icon to the world’s repressed.

Don’t let an offensive charlatan like Gore spoil that.

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