It dawned on me recently that Americans outside the South might not love their nation as much as Southerners do. Maybe I’m right; maybe I’m wrong, but in America, there is something special about the South.
Do Midwesterners love the Midwest? Do Californians love the West Coast? Do people in Utah love Utahans as much as Southerners love each other? Maybe they do.
Reuters recently ran a story, “Trump says Confederate flag proud symbol of U.S. South.”
The Republican president was asked on “Fox News Sunday” if the flag, a symbol of U.S. slavery and white supremacy for many Americans, was offensive.
“It depends on who you’re talking about, when you’re talking about,” Trump responded. ‘When people proudly had their Confederate flags they’re not talking about racism. They love their flag, it represents the South. They like the South … I say it’s freedom of many things, but it’s freedom of speech.”
President Trump is correct. For 99% of Southerners, the Confederate Flag represents the South and pride in Southern heritage. It represents a love of our people, our ways, our customs. It represents a love of our slang and Southern drawl. A good looking woman with a Southern drawl is one of God’s gifts to mankind.
In the quote above, President Trump also said the Confederate Flag represents “freedom of many things, but it’s freedom of speech.”
He’s right about that, too. Flying the Rebel Flag is a way to say “We don’t care what you think.” The Flag is an affront to political correctness. It’s a symbol that says we’ll think how we want and live how we want. We Southerners are different and we know it.
The Confederate Flag is also a reminder that Southerners have stood up to the Federal government. It’s a reminder that the South has been here as long as the North, and that the South is a distinct place. It’s a reminder that more than 150 years ago, Men of the South took up arms against Federal tyranny and fought the deadliest war in American history. The South surrendered in the end, but the South did fight, and we all remember.
The commies and the totalitarians remember, too.
There is a remnant of Americans and there is a remnant of Southerners. There’s a remnant of rebels all across the West. Men and women across the globe are filled with the Spirit of the South. Don’t be ashamed of your heritage. Hoist your flag and be proud you’re a rebel.