My Own Personal Confederate Flag
(I wrote this on the 4th of July of 2015)
I have been wanting to write on this subject matter now since evil stuck down nine members of a Church, inside of a Church last week. After the event is when I started hearing a huge pickup in chatter about the South Carolina Flag being removed from American Society because of the Confederate (Rebel) Flag on it. As most Americans know the Confederate Flag is on many things in our society. I have learned some things about historical figures this past week that I was totally unaware of. For example former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, if things I read this week as being quotes from him are correct then I am rather ashamed that he was ever one of our Presidents. I know that I am not the most educated person that checks into this blog nor am I the smartest or most clever. I am a person that only carried about a 2.7 GPA and I only have 84 credit hours. Why I tell you this information is because with 15 years of normal public education, why haven’t I ever been taught any of it is my question to you and to everyone. My thoughts are that smarter people than me need to really get serious about the material being taught in our schools and about the material being left out and not taught to our children. How are we programming our society? Are we programming into our children subtle ignorance’s and hatreds?
I was born in the Blue Ridge of SW Virginia and have lived in many states throughout the Southeast, Midwest, an Texas. My lineage is mostly all from the southeast except my Mom who was born in Benson MN but was raised in Galax VA. What I am saying is in my heart I am a Southern American but I do believe that any type of slavery is horrible and should not have ever been legal anywhere, especially in a country supposedly ruled by Christian morals. There are those of us in this country, our country, your country, that are proud to be Southern Americans. All of my lifetime (since 1956) the “Rebel Flag” has never ever in my heart meant to be offensive toward another person. The Confederate Flag, to me, doesn’t represent a Government, it does not represent any certain Governmental ideology. The “Southern Flag” is just that, a secondary Flag to all the people who are born and/or raised in this beautiful part of our beautiful country. Of course to most of us type folks the American Flag always flies first. To me and to most folks that I know of the only thing you put before Family or Country is God Himself.
I have never bought a Confederate Flag before in my life, well sorta not. Back in about 1987 a good friend of mine in Mt Airy NC had the artistic talent to do very good tattoo work. Until I met Jerry and his wife I had never had a tattoo before. To make a longer story shorter, the second (and last) tattoo Jerry did for me was to put a large tattoo of the Southern Flag on my chest with a Bald Eagle in flight in front of it. The only message I was then, now, or ever, trying to say is that I am pleased that I was born a Southern American and there is absolutely no hate intended toward anyone. We all have a choice with every Flag in the world of how we choose to feel about it as individuals.
We choose which Flags to honor and which ones to ignore everyday. We choose which ones to feel hatred toward, example being the Nazi Flag, the black ISIS Flag, and so on. I don’t know the answer to this problem swirling around America’s airwaves. I think this still breaks down to basics within each individual person. How do I/you as individuals choose to see things. If it is with hate, pure hate, no Government can dictate it out of us. But, a Government through its Public Education System can breed whatever it wishes into our children, programming them into their little robots, if that is what they wish to do. In this country it does seem like the biggest feeders of constant bickering is the media trying to create stories for their readers or listeners. Then of course there are all those self-serving hate filled politicians pumping the airwaves with hate and discontent.
This is just my opinion but I believe if we as a nation of individuals would even spend ten minutes everyday reading/studying the Bible and would even spend five minutes twice a day on our knees in prayer the mood and fortunes of our Nation would change for the better. Unfortunately this is not the “in thing” to do. It is our Nation of Individuals who are turning their back on their Creator that will get our Country destroyed, not a Southern Flag on the top of the General Lee!