I haven’t said much about the Confederate flag because there are more important issues such as the Trans Pacific Partnership where the current president has the authority to further destroy our sovereignty and take us several giant steps forward to one world government. Since I can’t seem to generate interest in TPP, I guess I’ll have to discuss the Confederate flag and the reason the Civil War was fought.
On June 29, I posted what I was taught in school about the Civil War: You might want to review the article before you read the following.
What I remember being taught about the Civil War
It’s a fact that people in other parts of the United States have historically looked down their noses at the South and southerners. I grew up with this and accepted it. And yes, I have personally been treated as though I somehow wasn’t as good since I was from the south. Decades ago when I was living in Atlanta, I was playing bridge with three ladies who were from up north. One of the ladies said something bad about the south, then realized she shouldn’t have said what she said in front of me. It could have been awkward, but I chose to pretend I didn’t hear what she said.
After I started travelling to mostly major U.S. cities, I discovered that while those outside the south looked down on us, I had no reason to feel inferior. In fact, I started to feel superior and to this day still feel superior. A lot of women outside the South don’t wear make-up or fix their hair on a daily basis…ewwwww! Plus, many of them don’t take the time to dress properly. Even if I’m doing manual labor outside, if other people are going to see me, I make sure that my work clothes are coordinated. Of course, not all women outside the South are like that, and not all southern women take pains with their appearances like I do.
While I don’t especially get into the North vs. South thing, there are some attitudes and assumptions I don’t like to hear coming from someone who lives outside the South:
1.The assumption that all southerners eat grits three times a day, seven days a week. This is not true. I can be dining with folks who aren’t originally from the south and if there’s a grits entrée on the menu, they will surely ask me if I’m going to order it. I’ll generally say, “No, are you?” That is unless I’m going to order the grits entrée.
2.Making snarky comments about the city shutting down when there’s an inch of snow on the ground. First of all, we don’t get that much snow down here and it doesn’t make sense to invest in snow plows to clear the roads. Also, the Birmingham area is mountainous and hilly, so it’s that much more difficult to drive in snow. I’m not comfortable driving in it, but if I lived up north and had to drive in it, I’m sure I would learn and probably become quite proficient at it.
3.If something is different than what they’re familiar with outside the south, making a huge deal of it and saying, “That must be a southern thing.” If I’m in another part of the country and something’s different, I certainly don’t make a big deal of it and probably won’t mention it. If it’s something related to food, I’ll probably try it. If I like it, fine; if I don’t, that’s okay too.
With respect to the Confederate flag, I don’t think of it as a symbol of racism and hate. I see it as one of the flags of the Confederacy which is a major part of American history. I don’t object to taking it down where it flies over certain government buildings. The Confederate flag no longer governs the south. What I don’t like is the rush to remove the flag from anything and everything. Yesterday, I ran upon something indicating an Alabama legislator was suggesting that we re-design the Alabama coat of arms because a Confederate flag appears in it.
Liberals have an unyielding view that the flag is a symbol of racism and hate. Anyone that has a differing opinion is a racist. Could we possibly be seeing liberals as intolerant and bigoted? What has been the theme of so many of my Wing Nut Gal posts?
There are also “back and fourths” regarding the reason the Civil War was fought. Some say it was 100% over slavery and some say that slavery was a side issue and the root issue was states’ rights. I don’t know anyone who was there at the time and I don’t think any of you, my readers, do either. I remember it being mentioned that the Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” had a lot to do with the starting of the war. Also, I remember being taught that when Stowe met President Lincoln, he said, “So you’re the little lady who caused this war.” Even though I remember this from my childhood, I have not been able to verify its truth. So, I don’t think we know and I’d like to see us leave it at that. There’s evidence to support both sides. Liberals, in their quest to further divide this nation on the basis of race insist that the war was fought over slavery and if you beg to differ, you’re are a racist.
In my history classes, reconstruction was emphasized and I was taught that the South was sorely mistreated. Yes, the South was mistreated and the United States of America was hurt. One thing I did learn in studying the horrors of reconstruction is that we don’t ever want anything like this to happen again. I see some things about threats of secession. I hope these articles are tongue and cheek.
The current president, along with his liberal henchmen, have sought to divide the United States of America by race, by class, by income, and by political ideology. Could they also be seeking to divide us by region? I’ve seen things with this administration that I thought I would never see, and at this juncture, nothing is going to surprise me.
I pray that we will put the Confederate flag and all this other silly stuff behind us, and focus on preserving the United States of America and taking our country back to when it was the land of the free and the home of the brave.