FROM MY PERSPECTIVE

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The confederate flag waves from top of pup tent of SFC Eugene L. Bursi, of Memphis , Tenn., an artilleryman with the 136th Field Artillery Battalion U.S. Eighth Army, in Korea on April 27, 1951. (AP Photo)

The confederate flag waves from top of pup tent of SFC Eugene L. Bursi, of Memphis , Tenn., an artilleryman with the 136th Field Artillery Battalion U.S. Eighth Army, in Korea on April 27, 1951. (AP Photo)

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Amazing, isn’t it?

These are just a few photographs of U.S. troops carrying the Confederate Battle Flag into battle in the Second World War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

As aforementioned, my great-great-grandfather Mark Mayo, my great-great-grandfather Francis Marian McCurdy, and my great-great-great-uncle Frederick Mayo were Confederate veterans.

And as aforementioned, their families were not a part of the ten percent of White Southerners who owned slaves–the aristocracy.  Their families were a part of the ninety percent of White Southerners who were lower-middle-class at most and dirt-poor at least.  They didn’t fight in the interest of slavery, or for the cause of states’ rights.  They fought simply to defend their homes and families from an overwhelmingly powerful Union army.

And at the end of the war, they swore allegiance to the United States–as all Confederate veterans were required to do.

My great-uncle Lloyd was a World War II veteran.  He was from Ohio–as my paternal grandmother’s family was.  These ancestors of mine were Northerners–I still have relatives there in Ohio.  It is quite possible that some of my Northern ancestors were Union veterans.  And that would be okay with me.

And my father–his late father the descendant of the Confederate veterans–is a Korean War veteran.

Before I purchased the First Confederate Flag shown in a previous post, I was told that more would probably be available in the future–but none made in the U.S.A. Because all U.S. companies ceased making them, as a part of the corporate retail censorship.  So I insisted on getting two First Confederate Flags immediately–because I wanted to have at least one of these that was made in the United States.  I only regret that I didn’t get more than two.  It was very important to me that these First Flags of the Confederate States of America were made in the United States of America.

Why?

Because my country was the United States of America.

I have no wish to resurrect the Confederate States of America–it was defeated by the United States of America 150 years ago.  But it is because I love my country, the United States of America, that I do whatever I can to stop–or at least resist–this state-and-local-government censorship of every emblem of the Confederate States of America and state-and-local-government destruction of every remnant of the Confederate States of America.

This cultural genocide of the Southern United States–this assault on the history, heritage, and culture of an entire region of the United States–is destructive to the United States itself.

There is no way in hell that this is not a Republican ploy to distract the American public from the issue of gun regulation.  Nikki Haley, the Republican governor of South Carolina, started this cultural assault on the American South–and Republican governors, county commissioners, and mayors all over the American South have taken it to the point of cultural genocide.  Some of these politicians are Democrats.  But most of them are Republicans.  They began censoring Confederate flags in Columbia, South Carolina–and all Confederate flags have been censored everywhere else.  Now they’ve begun destroying Confederate memorials in New Orleans, Louisiana–and all Confederate memorials will be destroyed everywhere else.  And they will eventually destroy all Confederate cemeteries, as well as individual Confederate veterans’ graves.

Unless my fellow Southerners start resisting this–start standing with me, against this insanity.

This is not what my country–the United States of America–is about.

As aforementioned, I support those who display the Confederate Battle Flag from their vehicles and homes–in protest of this cultural genocide.

But the issue here, in Greater Pensacola, Florida, is that of the First Confederate Flag.

The Confederate Battle Flag was replaced with the First Confederate Flag in the Five Flags displays here in 2000.  And that was a reasonable change.  But removing the First Confederate Flag from these same historical displays last year was not a reasonable change at all.  And replacing the First Confederate Flag with the State Flag of Florida is not only unreasonable–it’s downright ridiculous.

I actually feel that removing the Confederate Battle Flag from the State Capitol Building in Columbia, South Carolina was the right thing to do.  Because no flag should fly above any state capitol except that state’s flag and the current federal government’s flag (the Flag of the United States, in this case).  But that should have been done many years before–it shouldn’t have taken some misplaced hysteria regarding a mass shooting to prompt that action.  And last year, it should have stopped there.  The removal of the Confederate Flag should not have expanded beyond the State Capitol Building in Columbia, South Carolina–and into historical displays and Confederate memorials all over the American South, as it has.

It’s ironic that this cultural genocide is being committed by Southern politicians against their Southern constituents–especially because Southern Americans are generally the proudest Americans of all.

It’s just a fact–the most fervent supporters of the United States of America are those Americans who live in what was, at one time, the Confederate States of America.

The American South is the most patriotic region of America.

The American South is also the most Republican region of America.

And this is how the Republican Party repays its loyal Southern base–by committing cultural genocide against its Southern base through Republican governors, county commissioners, and mayors.

In the photographs displayed in this post, one can see Southern American soldiers proudly representing the United States of America with the Battle Flag of the bygone Confederate States of America.

I cannot speak for my fellow Southerners (though I wish to God they would speak up for themselves, in resistance to this cultural genocide).  But it is because I support the United States of America that I oppose this posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America.

To censor a nation’s history is to censor that nation itself.

And to assault a culture within a nation is to assault that nation itself.

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