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Ah, yes — it’s election time and so it’s "Confederate flag" time again (UPDATE)
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Anyone else tired of this?
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that South Carolina should remove the Confederate flag from its Statehouse grounds, in part because the nation should unite under one banner while at war.

"I think about how many South Carolinians have served in our military and who are serving today under our flag and I believe that we should have one flag that we all pay honor to, as I know that most people in South Carolina do every single day," Clinton told The Associated Press in an interview.
Every 4 years this little goodie is trotted out during the primary and afterward forgotten for another 4 years. I understand that reporters inevitably ask the question. And I understand that candidates feel obligated to answer questions asked by reporters. But what would be wrong with saying "I'm a candidate for a national office and while I have a personal opinion about the issue, this is something for the people of this state to decide."

UPDATE: Brian of Atlanta makes a good point:
The Confederate Battle Flag used to fly under the US and SC flags at the capitol, but now flies at the Confederate Soldiers’ Monument on the statehouse grounds, where it should have been all along. So, basically, Hillary and the NAACP and the other protestors are complaining about flying the CBF over a memorial to the troops who served under it.
 
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Why didn’t she mention she didn’t support this war while she was at it?

Guess the timing wasn’t right - today we’re bashing dead rebels and anyone who wants to remember them.
 
Written By: looker
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I know exactly what she means. It’s time for her to denounce acts such as this.
 
Written By: tom scott
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"I’m a candidate for a national office and while I have a personal opinion about the issue, this is something for the people of this state to decide."
You ARE kidding, right? None of the nobility in Washington wants to let the people decide anything for themselves. The next most hated amendment in Bill of Rights after the second has to be the tenth, although the first may be closing fast.
 
Written By: RRRoark
URL: http://soslies.blogspot.com
IJUST DON’T UNDERSTAND HER POSITION,AFTER ALL,ISN’T IT THE FLAG OF HER PARTY? CHECK YOU HISTORY FOLKS. LINCOLN WAS A REPUBLICAN....GUESS SHE WOULD OF VOTED FOR IT BEFORE SHE VOTED AGAINST IT...
 
Written By: Gary L. Isbell
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I would bet anyone that the American flag also flys on the statehouse grounds.

And it probably flys above all other flags there too...
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
URL: http://inactivist.org/blog/keith_indy
Now Keith, don’t get all inconveniently factual on us, we’ll be left with no flag at all!
 
Written By: looker
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Oh please. That she or any Democrat should admonish anyone about the need for the country to unite because we are at war. And brandish that need for unity in an effort to suggest that others change behavior having nothing to do with the war effort. Political business as usual, of course, but it makes me just want to - I don’t know - register disgust. Consider me disgusted by this hypocritical idiocy. And in a state where she just handsomely paid off a community leader to endorse her candidacy.
 
Written By: Linda Morgan
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That she or any Democrat should admonish anyone about the need for the country to unite because we are at war.
Why shouldn’t she talk out of both sides of her mouth at once - who’s going to call her on it at a level where it will be observed by the general public?

This is just "make hay while the sun shines" for her.
 
Written By: looker
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in part because the nation should unite under one banner while at war.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA....that’s pretty funny, coming from the Dems

 
Written By: shark
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Hillary’s just released her 50th policy position regarding Iraq, now it’s we stay 90 more days, and that’s it....talk about consistency!! Please see the short video here:
http://minor-ripper.blogspot.com/2007/02/hillary-on-iraq-from-this-weekend.html
 
Written By: MinorRipper
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Gee, this is a tough one.

What do we got here....

A defense of human slavery
Mass treachery against the United States of America
The killing of tens, nay hundreds, of thousands of Americans
A state government showing honor and respect to a symbol of all that

And anyone in their right mind questions why that should be denounced?
 
Written By: Abe
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Or is it a symbol of states rights over a strong Federal government...

And it would seem, it still is a symbol of states rights.
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
URL: http://inactivist.org/blog/keith_indy
Or, maybe it’s just history Abe.

And Keith’s subtle point earlier is the Star Spangled Banner, regrettably, stood for slavery much longer than the Confederate battle flag in question did.

The slave ships that plied the golden triangle flew the Star Spangled Banner, not the Confederate naval ensign.
Even more ironic, the Yankee traders from Massachusetts, where abolitionists were so strong, profited quite handsomely from the trade of humans before the British started enforcing the embargo.

All history, some conveniently forgotten in the rush to change it.

The people of South Carolina should have the final say in the configuration of their flag, not the Senator from New York.
 
Written By: looker
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Anyone want to gripe at Six Flags in various southern states yet, I do believe I see the First National flag of the Confederacy flying over an amusement park.
 
Written By: looker
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I would bet anyone that the American flag also flys on the statehouse grounds.

And it probably flys above all other flags there too...
The Confederate Battle Flag used to fly under the US and SC flags at the capitol, but now flies at the Confederate Soldiers’ Monument on the statehouse grounds, where it should have been all along. So, basically, Hillary and the NAACP and the other protestors are complaining about flying the CBF over a memorial to the troops who served under it.
 
Written By: BrianOfAtlanta
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Maybe they should swap it out with one of the other official flags of the Confederacy and see if that quiets the complaints, those men fought under several ’National’ banners.
Still, it’s their history, and those men fought under those flags. Next it will be a demand to remove the monument too.
 
Written By: looker
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If putting up a Confederate flag will keep Hiliary out of my town, I’m for it.

It’s sort of the opposite of one of those fly traps with that crap inside that had the worse smell one could ever imagine. Normally, you’d never deal with that crap, but it does help attract the flies .. to their deaths .. so you deal with it.
 
Written By: Neo
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Since a number of African Americans served in the Confederate forces, it seems that the battle flag wouldn’t be as offensive...

BTW, how did those African Americans get to join army units and fight when the Confederacy specifically banned this?

State’s Rights...

For most of the war the Confederate Government prohibited the enlistment of African Americans as armed soldiers in the national army, but the states and individual units often varied from or ignored outright such prohibitions since there were actually very few "national army" regiments at any time during the war with most military units still under state command on loan to the Confederate government.

The keywords in discussing "official Confederate policy" regarding Black soldiers are "national army." States still controlled their military policies within the Confederate command structure but, unlike the Union, did not surrender total control of their forces as part of a "national army."

(wikipedia...usually warnings apply.)
 
Written By: Harun
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