It remains to be seen whether South Carolina governor Nikki Haley sparked a national dialog about racial equality or just a headlong lemming-dash about a flag. But it’s not looking good.

Major retailers like Amazon, Ebay, and Walmart have removed confederate battle flags from their listings. Yet they still continue to allow the sale of items featuring Nazi emblems and swastikas. Apple has just removed all Civil War games from its app store.

The idiocy doesn’t stop there.

Warner Brothers has now announced that it has halted production of toys and replicas of the iconic “Dukes of Hazzard” car known as the General Lee, which famously bore the flag on its roof.

Political Correctness is so mindless. Try as you might, you can’t unring a bell. You can only pretend, but that’s not honest.

The South Carolina legislature could now conceivably decide to keep the flag flying, just to restore sanity or balance to the national discourse.


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3 Responses to “sea-change”

  1. 1 Hat Bailey
    June 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I used to get offended at things. I got my feelings hurt. Then one day I actually began to ask myself a few questions regarding whether this was actually in my best interests. Fortunately I had read some things that led me to suspect that by doing this I might be actually giving away my own power and doing the work of those who might want to hurt me. Why should I co operate with them? Who was this “self” that was being “hurt?” Is the hurt actually coming from out there, from some symbol or sign that I have been persuaded has some power to give me discomfort?

    Funny as it may seem to some, you do have a choice in most cases to see things quite differently. Many try to convince themselves that they have to be offended, as though the pain comes from “out there” somewhere. That something must be controlled in order to protect the feelings “in here.” Yet, I assure you, it isn’t necessary to control something, or someone, “out there.” It really isn’t necessary to attempt to control what others say or do at all, unless there is a direct threat of actual physical harm to your body or property, or that of someone you care about. It seems counter intuitive to most people who believe you must react with pain to certain words, symbols or attitudes, but no one is inside you providing the pain in reaction to something “out there.” Why do most people not question this?

    People at large do see many things very differently. They have different tastes, different viewpoints and perspectives, different cultural biases. The confederate battle flag has very different meanings to different people, just as does the current US flag. To those to whom it stands for freedom from authoritarianism or a way to honor and remember ancestors who gave all they had to protect their homes and way of life, why should they be forced to take it down? To those to whom it is a symbol of racial prejudice or hatred, or imperialism, will forcing them to take it down reduce their hatred or resentment? Seems unlikely to me. Love and persuasion have always been much more effective in changing people’s attitudes than threats and coercion. Symbols only have the meaning that you give to them and those meanings do change over time. Once the swasika was an honored symbol that meant a lot to many people, one day it could be again. They can be abused or misused it is true.

    Do I think that it was pretty stupid to leave that flag at full mast when the others were lowered out of respect for those who lost their lives? Yes indeed! But stupidity is something that I am used to from those who seek after power and control over others, such as politicians and bureaucrats, but knowing human nature I expect it. It is the stupidity, or the stupid people that need to be removed from positions of trust, not some rectangular piece of colored cloth which never injured anyone from simply being what it is.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if others were not offended at some of your attitudes and beloved symbols, or if at least they would refrain from trying to use coercive measures to do things differently? You undoubtedly have some religious, or political symbols to which some will object, and if it doesn’t seem that way to you, you must be pretty well insulated from the world at large, because I assure you there will be someone out there who will find them offensive. Why not try “doing unto others as you would have them do unto you?”

  2. July 10, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Seen in the news, a few minutes ago: the controverted Confederate Flag has ceased to float in South Carolina. He was taken down this morning, July 10th. Perhaps will it reduce the tenses between the communities?

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