Jenny Horne - read the Reb-Flag backing Repukes the 'riot act' about their incessant amendments in trying to block removal of the Rebel Battle Flag.
Thanks to an impassioned speech by Jenny Horne, a Republican member of the South Carolina House and descendant of Jefferson Davis, the accursed Confederate Battle Flag is coming down today from the South Carolina State House.
Horne started out with a calm complaint:
"We are going to be doing this all summer long," she said after stepping up to the microphone, referring to a stream of amendments (65 in all) hat the flag's deluded supporters were adding to the bill, thereby delaying a vote.
Then, obviously frustrated, she really let loose:
"I cannot believe that we do not have the heart in this body," she said, pausing to swallow her sobs, then raising her voice to shout, "to do something meaningful, such as take a symbol of hate off these grounds on Friday."
She then thrust her finger at the floor with every word of her demand.
"And if any of you vote to amend, you are ensuring that this flag will fly beyond Friday. And for the widow of Sen. (Clementa) Pinckney and his two young daughters, that would be adding insult to injury, and I will not be a part of it."
'Enough about heritage'
And bravo to you, Jenny, for majorly contributing to the removal of this odious flag which will now be retired to the relic room of the Confederate Military museum. You merit kudos and commendations, never mind how all the Flag howler supporters will be squawking. With Nikki Haley's signature the damned thing is finally coming down - and now we need to set sights on removing all the other Rebel flags in other Southern states, including Mississippi and Florida. No flag of any state, no matter what its history, should bear this symbol even if it is the size of a postage stamp!
And no, that's not being "politically correct" or "extremist" but merely recognizing these Southern traitors LOST the Civil War! And when you lose -especially after being for a verminous cause - you don't get to fly your Battle flags all over state houses. No, you don't! You can't be like Nazis, who - after all - saw their symbols and flags removed throughout Germany where it is now a crime to fly one.
And please don't anyone hand me the stupid, sophist balderdash about the swastika being an "ancient symbol" used also by Hindus- so we need to remove their swastikas too. We aren't talking about Hindus - who used a different version of the swastika, e.g.
But Hitler and the Nazis adopted a specific form for their flag with a black swastika (undergoing a 45 degree rotation) centered in a white disk then onto a blood red background, e.g.
The distinction between the ancient Hindu and modern Nazi versions is carefully distinguished in one anecdote cited by Wikipedia:
"When a ten-year-old boy in Lynbrook, New York, bought a set of Pokémon cards imported from Japan in 1999, two of the cards contained the left-facing Buddhist Manji symbol. The boy's parents misinterpreted the symbol as a Nazi swastika, which is right-facing with 45 degree rotation, and filed a complaint to the manufacturer. It also caused a lot of concern amongst fans from Jewish communities. Nintendo of America announced that the cards would be discontinued, explaining that what was acceptable in one culture was not necessarily so in another; their action was welcomed by the Anti-Defamation League who recognized that there was no intention to be offensive but said that international commerce meant that "isolating [the Swastika] in Asia would just create more problems"
Got that, sophists?
In the same Wikipedia references, the background to why Hitler decided on the specific Nazi version is also given:
"In his 1925 work Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler writes that: "I myself, meanwhile, after innumerable attempts, had laid down a final form; a flag with a red background, a white disk, and a black swastika in the middle. After long trials I also found a definite proportion between the size of the flag and the size of the white disk, as well as the shape and thickness of the swastika."
When Hitler created a flag for the Nazi Party, he sought to incorporate both the swastika and "those revered colors expressive of our homage to the glorious past and which once brought so much honor to the German nation." (Red, white, and black were the colors of the flag of the old German Empire.)
Of course, these nuanced distinctions are perhaps too difficult for deluded Johnny Rebs to grasp or accept, determined as they are to invoke any manner of specious bollocks to try to defend keeping their white supremacy flag flying - but it's not going to work.
Americans, especially Southerners, who've long been gypped out of a proper American history education (because of cowardly book publishers appeasing Southern districts and school boards) are now learning - many for the first time - what that flag really stands for. And it's not states' rights.
Thanks again to Ms. Horne for her critical contribution in lending her vibrant, principled voice to this issue, and now let's move ahead with removing the other Rebel flags and also Confederate monuments! Oh, and let's consider prosecuting history ":professors" with hate crimes who refer to this anti-Confederacy movement as "hysteria". (As one knucklehead from Keenesaw State University quoted in today's WSJ asserts..)