The understanding, which was deemed essential to the strength of the country, went something like this: The Civil War had been a terrible ordeal for Americans. But perhaps it had been the crucible necessary to create a new, strong nation out of the original Union. At any rate, most people on both sides were satisfied that in the end America was held together. Nearly all Southerners sincerely accepted this. They would ever after be staunch supporters of the United States, as they have proved many times over ever since in countless ways, including their persistent over-representation in the combat arms of the national forces. All they asked in return was an acknowledgment that, if they had been wrong in the pursuit of independence, they had not been dishonorable and that they had fought a good fight that could be appreciated as a part of the pride of all Americans. Until rather recently that little has been granted, but “America” is now in the process of reneging on its part of the bargain. ~ Dr. Clyde Wilson
Southerners (as a region) continue to "be staunch supporters of the United States" (as represented in numerous ways), yet the South's symbols (and holidays) which endured the ashes of the WBTS are being impugned and denied as "a part of the pride of all Americans." Note that SC - the first state to secede - is ranked #1.
So, what does this say about the character of the people who have held up their end of this "understanding" versus the ruling classes (academia, the media, the federal government) in America who have reneged? The implications are fascinating to contemplate, are they not?
Who should you trust more, those who keep their word or those who do not?
And don't forget, as we've noted recently, the "Old Union" is next on the radar.