It Isn’t Liberals, PC, but Profit

A mentally disturbed man consumed and blinded by hate murdered people gathered in prayer at a church building in South Carolina. The murderer judged, convicted, and levied his deranged perverted brand of justice because the victims’ skin color was different from his own. Idiotic, Dumb, Stupid, Sick, Deranged led to Tragedy and Sadness which should permeate all of us via a trickle, no streaming, of tears.

The Confederate Battle Flag is a symbol. A symbol is something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible. People give power to symbols. Some appropriate symbols in an effort to hijack the power already bestowed. Symbols have different meanings to different people, and why not, we are each different from another merely by virtue of not being the same person.

Yet, gender, ethnicity, creed, we are more similar than different for we are all members of the human race.

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”  John Donne, Meditation XVII

http://www.online-literature.com/donne/409/

Can anyone deny that at the time it flew during the Civil War that the Confederate Battle Flag soared for an army levying battle against the United States of America?

Whether that army had justified cause is immaterial today if one accepts the Flag of the United States of America as a valued symbol of our country?

Why immaterial, inconsequential?

Our Constitution in Article III, Section III, is explicit.

“Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”
https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/articleiii

Treason:

  • a) A crime that undermines the offender’s government;
  • b) Disloyalty by virtue of subversive behavior;
  • c) An act of deliberate betrayal

Regardless of what the symbol means to you or to me today; regardless of the rationale at the time the symbol stood aloft over troops; it still represented a movement to militarily subvert the government of the United States of America.

How can the Confederate Battle Flag now fly permanently alongside the Flag which it sought to displace? At best one may argue not replace, but if true then how can one deny desecrate by tearing individual stars from the field of blue?

While different in context and application:  “No man can serve two masters…” (Matthew 6:24 (KJV)), can one pledge allegiance simultaneously to opposing flags?

As of today, 4 July 2015, no laws have been passed banning the Confederate Battle Flag at either the state or Federal level. Neither I nor anyone else has lost their rights, their privilege, to display that flag if they choose. If the symbol is important to you for whatever reason, fly, display, respect that flag. Nothing is our legal code is preventing those practices.

Decisions to sell or not are made by private entities. People are making the choices for their businesses which they believe are in their best interests.

It’s free enterprise.

It’s our form of capitalism.

It’s also the basic principles of supply and demand and the power of advertising.

There has been no government edict. No natural or manufactured reason for limited supply other than supplier preference.

For the TV Land network, how many viewers watched the reruns of the Dukes of Hazzard before this current controversy?  How many people can recall when that program was part of the schedule and was not?  Today it is hot news.

Last year if you wanted to purchase the DVD collection or other memorabilia, how long did you need to search to find the goods?  How much did you pay?  How about today?

Blame liberals, blame political correctness, it’s alright. Those still selling the products are reaping the extra profits as the prices soar. By the time their inventories start to run low, the larger retailers are likely to put out announcements that they have reconsidered public opinion and for a limited time will be offering Dukes products to the loyal public.

As Waylon Jennings wrote and sang:

Just’a good ol’ boys

Never meanin’ no harm.

Beats all you never saw

Been in trouble with the law

Since the day they was born

Staightnin’ the curves

Flatnin the hills

Someday the mountain might get ’em

But the law never will

Makin’ their way

The only way they know how

That’s just a little bit more

Than the law will allow.

Makin’ their way

The only way they know how

That’s just a little bit more

Than the law will allow.

I’m a good ol’ boy

You know my momma loves me

But she don’t understand

They keep a showin my hands and not my face on TV

OH YEA

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/waylonjennings/themefromthedukesofhazzardgoodolboys.html

For some fun, everybody knows Boss Hogg, or JD as Uncle Jesse called him since his name was Jefferson Davis Hogg, but how many people remember Boss’s twin brother?

Sorrell Booke as Abraham Lincoln Hogg with Flash and as Jefferson Davis Hogg

Sorrell Booke as Abraham Lincoln Hogg with Flash and as Jefferson Davis Hogg

Boss had his brother declared dead, but in Season 3 Episode 8 “Baa, Baa, White Sheep” (Wow Robert Conrad imagery along with Dirk Blocker, the son of Dan Blocker (Hoss on Bonanza), and another theme song is playing in my head right now), AL, Abraham Lincoln Hogg dressed in black and riding in a black Cadillac, honest, law-abiding, and friend to the Dukes arrived back in Hazzard County.

http://www.tv.com/shows/dukes-of-hazzard/baa-baa-white-sheep-79732/

For anyone who doesn’t recall Robert Conrad, Dirk Blocker, and others in Black Sheep Squadron, here is the television show theme song.

http://www.televisiontunes.com/Black_Sheep_Squadron.html

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