22 May 2017

Offending With Flags

I love Mike Rowe's wit and wisdom and read much of what he writes. He posted some comments and observations recently on his Facebook page which I found quite interesting. Here are a couple excerpts.
Consider the Confederate flag. Many people now insist upon removing that flag from the public square, because the sight of it offends them. And yet, many of those calling for its removal are the same people demanding the right to burn The American Flag wherever it suits them. In other words, they want the right to offend, but they can’t bear to be offended.
And . . .
Consider the administrators in public universities. Somehow, they’ve gotten it into their heads that it’s OK for their students to shout down speakers they don’t like. Overnight it seems, the feelings of the students have become more important than the first amendment rights of anyone who disagrees with them.
Of course, the two topics are related. Just some food for thought. You can read his complete post here. Logic and reason vs. emotions and agendas.


Kennan said...

Mike hit the nail on the head!

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Yes he did. Of course, the retort would be that "most" of the CSA symbolism is on government property, not private. There is some legitimacy to that position (in the "offensive" part of the debate), but Rowe's point stands. It's hard to take some of the protests seriously.

Phil said...

...and on Monday a New York Times editorial equated the Confederate flag with the Swastika.


Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Phil - no surprise.

"Even the venerable Robert E. Lee has taken some vicious hits, as dishonest or misinformed advocates among political interest groups and in academia attempt to twist yesterday’s America into a fantasy that might better serve the political issues of today. The greatest disservice on this count has been the attempt by these revisionist politicians and academics to defame the entire Confederate Army in a move that can only be termed the Nazification of the Confederacy. Often cloaked in the argument over the public display of the Confederate battle flag, the *syllogism goes something like this: Slavery is evil. The soldiers of the Confederacy fought for a system that wished to preserve it. Therefore they were evil as well, and any attempt to honor their service is a veiled effort to glorify the cause of slavery.” ~ From "Born Fighting" by former Virginia Democrat Senator James Webb