So rather than having a serious discussion about the use of symbols, and the context of symbols, and the meaning of symbols, the argument has been boiled down to something like this: “Rebel flag bad. Racist! Me good. Not racist!” [...] And doesn’t the Klan also use the American flag? And the Christian Cross? Wouldn’t that make them equally as noxious? And don’t they wear bedsheets? Does that mean we should stop sleeping on them?
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- Held slaves
- Held and transported slaves
- Invaded the Confederate States of America, killing hundreds of thousands and wrecking the infrastructure of the country
- Forced the relocation (resulting in the death) of Native Americans
- Treated horribly many Irish immigrants
- Treated even worse many Chinese immigrants
- Interned American citizens of Japanese origin into prison camps
- Maintained strict immigration quotas that prevented hundreds of thousands of German-Jewish refugees from fleeing the Holocaust, leaving them to die in Germany
- Persecuted the Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder-day Saints
- Arrested journalists for speaking out against the government
- Suspended habeas corpus against political enemies
- Looted holdings of gold from the citizens
- Anonymously killed civilians in the Middle East by drone strikes
- Prevented Asians, Indians, Italians, and Eastern-Europeans from entering the country, many of which were persecuted by their home governments
- Holds sustaining anti-Catholic sentiments, including abjuration of the Pope for citizenship
- Forced deportation of legal American citizens of Mexican descent
- Annexed and suppressed the Philippines
So my point here is that it's shallow to associate the Confederate Flag with racism and slavery, yet not do the same for the American Flag. It's a double standard.
As for the point that there would still be slavery today if President Lincoln didn't invade the South to "keep the Union together" (which is code for: The South is important to the US economy and we must politically enslave them and force them to increase our GDP even if they want to be their own country), it's a terrible argument. If you want me to elaborate on why, ask in the comments.
On the note that the South was politically enslaved, this is a great article on how Northern protectionists lobbied for tariffs on the country to be raised, which benefited the Northern-based economy and threatened to decimate the Southern side. Lincoln was actively working to destroy the Southern way of life and it's immoral for the South to want to quit this parasitic relationship?
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. [Emphasis added]
Now, I personally associate the Confederate Flag with State's Rights, and the American Flag with freedom and liberty. I don't demonize either symbol. The Confederate Flag is an emblem that illustrates that our forefathers took the Declaration of Independence to heart and actually did something about an abusive and out-of-control government that was destructive of the ends of the life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness of the population. They're HEROES.
The founding fathers of the Confederacy were men of ACTION, not just of fancy words like the politicians of today who say they'll make great change yet do nothing. Like the Founding Fathers of the United States, they put their lives and reputation on the line for a principled cause. This deserves respect! The gaming industry can learn lesson here, too. If you take principled risks, you can amass a cult following!
I don't hold a grudge against America at present for stopping the secession, and I don't hold a grudge on any group of people, like Ed Markey does. As Herman Cain once said,
I believe that one of America’s greatest strengths is its ability to change.(Whether it's heading for a change for the worse is another story.)
Go ahead and friend Ludwig on Facebook, where you can see him try to cow-tow to people in Alabama who have no idea who he is.