By Ron Hart
Taking down Confederate flags flown on government property is something we should have done awhile back. The key here is flags being flown on government property. It’s an easy call for us libertarians since we don’t believe government should even have property.
The Democrats, the party of hollow symbolic gestures, had a rare win (in their minds) last week when South Carolina removed the Confederate battle flag flown on the grounds of the state capitol, which was originally put there by Democratic icon Sen. “Fritz” Hollings. Liberals are always just one empty gesture away from solving any problem they conjure up.
Every four years, S.C. is voted by the Electoral College as “Most Likely to Secede.”
Now the flag is gone and, finally, our racial issues are behind us.
Like getting rid of that last pair of pleated pants in the closet, we knew we had to do it. We just needed a reason.
In truth, liberal democrats didn’t take that flag down, nor did South Carolina do it because Taylor Swift said to. The reaction by the people of Charleston to the horrific shooting at the AME Church brought it down. They acted with dignity, reason, grace and love. They didn’t let race merchants like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson take over.
We should be proud of the South and the way Charleston handled the tragedy.
We Southerners do not like arrogant, elitist liberals in high-tax, decaying, Northern cities telling us what to do. We like it here; you never hear anyone say, “Hey, we are retiring and moving north.”
Notice that in the Democratic-controlled north, non-issues erupt into devastating riots, looting and harm in communities like Ferguson and Baltimore. Property values are down 35 percent in Ferguson and shootings have skyrocketed in Baltimore. A Democrat reaction to a problem is usually the start of a new problem. Each racially tinged occurrence does not mean you are free to loot a big-screen TV; that is not what Dr. King had in mind.
Democrats always seize on tragedy to blame, bloviate and demand more gun laws. The idiotic Charleston killer, Dylann Roof, should not have been allowed to buy a gun since he admitted to felony drug possession on his gun permit application. But the feds botched it and let him buy a gun. And we need more laws? We can’t enforce what we have.
As it relates to slavery, the Civil War settled one issue in America forever: whether arduous farm labor should be done by slaves or illegal immigrants.
Leftists don’t debate anymore, they personally attack. Donald Trump’s political statements about undocumented immigrants put a target on his back and cost him $50 million. The Hispanic Miss USA jumped on him but wouldn’t give up her crown. She said, “I won’t take this tacky, over-the-top thing off my head until Donald Trump is willing to do the same.”
The P.C. crowd even made a big deal over Paula Deen and her adult son doing a promotional photo dressed up as Lucy and her T.V. husband, Ricky Ricardo (of “I Love Lucy”), because they used makeup to make Deen’s son look Hispanic. After they ban Confederate flags from Wal-Mart, the Left will next call for all face makeup darker than New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s complexion to be removed from the shelves. Now there is talk of digging up Confederate generals.
Even private businesses cave to media pressure. Disney ordered a statue of Bill Cosby removed from one of its theme parks because it cost the company a lot to keep pulling the Bill Cosby statue off of Sleeping Beauty all the time.
Totalitarian regimes like ISIS and North Korea seek to rewrite their history, not America.
Where does it end? Where do free speech and the speech police settle this?
The Democratic Party, whose top lawmakers once included former Klan organizer Sen. Robert Byrd, need not lecture the South on race. Byrd used the “N” word and still rose to power and he always applauded at the wrong times in “Gone With the Wind.”
The North has a lot more issues than does the South. We differ in so many ways, more so today than when President Obama took office. He vilifies Southerners because most of us do not vote for Democrats. Eric Holder had the Southern states on his speed dial, ready to sue them over any perceived “racial issue.” In short, the North and the South are like two different countries, which was the South’s point when we seceded.
(Ron Hart is a libertarian op-ed humorist columnist, author, and TV and radio commentator. He can be contacted at Ron@RonaldHart.com or RonaldHart.com.)