Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The line that serves as the title of this column is taken from a popular poem written at the end of the American Civil War in mid-1865. This sentiment, intended to be taken metaphorically, has become reality today, as the movement to ban the display and honoring of the Confederate Battle Standard has taken on a new life and strength since the dreadful events of June 17. We are, however, seeing this movement now turning up the heat a notch as those who oppose the display of the Confederate flag have gone on a full offensive and hope to ban the emblem not only on official property, but want to erase the standard from all of American life, forever, under the rationale that the Confederate flag is a symbol of hatred and racism.
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