The Confederacy

The South. Need I say more? Warm breezes, sweet tea, fresh, baked-from-scratch food, like biscuits and gravy, fried chicken, and turnip greens. And cornbread. You can’t forget that staple! The South is where hospitality is considered a virtue. If you drop by for a minute, you will most likely stay for hours….and will enjoy some good ole’ southern lemonade, or coffee, or sweet tea, or homemade cookies or brownies…..and we will talk, non-stop. And most of our speech will be peppered with country-favorite words, like “ya’ll”. We might even mention a  “hose-pipe” (translation: garden hose). When we go to a grocery store, we use a “buggy” — not a “shopping cart”. If you happen to be eating a meal with us, there will always be a spoonful left….because no one ever takes the last little bit. Someone else might want it. The spoonful might be whittled down, bit by bit — picked at until there is only a mouthful left — but no one will eat the last of it. There will be an ongoing debate over whether the brown, sticky, succulent topping that is drizzled over pancakes is pronounced “sur-up” or “sear-up”. The South is where the front door will be standing wide open, a screen door letting in a cool-ish breeze to move the humid air around the room. When you walk outside, you will be covered with that sticky humidity…..but I’ll take our hot, humid, southern days over any northern ice storm! People on front porches. Neighbors walking over to just to say “hello”.  Where no one ever wears shoes. Where we have gardens, and lots of people have guns over their front doors….just because they can. Children will be laughing, mosquitoes will be biting, and there might even be laundry flapping on the line. You will probably hear a chicken or two crow in the dusky time before night, as they are settling down. The South. It sounds so picturesque, doesn’t it? jpg 093But it’s not. Not really. Under the surface, all us patriotic, flag waving, respectable, laid backed citizens will fight for what we believe in. Fight for what is right. Why else would Alabama’s state motto be “We dare defend our rights”?!? And beware — ’cause when we get roused up, we really get roused up! The whole nation discovered this when the federal judge tried to force gay marriage on us. It was blatantly against our state constitution, our consciences, and God’s law. And we fought, tooth and nail. The first state in the nation to go against the federal judge on this issue.

And then this whole thing with the confederate flag. Just because that was one nuts’ rallying banner doesn’t mean that everyone who honours the flag of our past — that part of our heritage — wants to murder people. Do you know what the confederate battle flag stands for? It is a symbol of a stand taken against the government. Because they wanted to meddle in our affairs — and we stood up and said no. We were emphatic that time — we left the union. The war between the states wasn’t fought over slavery. True, the legality of owning another human person became an issue, but it wasn’t originally. The original issue was, just like it is today, will we allow the federal government to dictate to us against our consciences? I am not saying that I support slavery. All people were made in God’s image, all were created equal in God’s eyes. I think slavery was a great a evil, an abomination that our land permitted to happen, and tried to further and enable and protect. I am saying that I agree with our forefathers — the founders of the confederacy — when they took a stand against the federals.

See, one thing we southerners are proud of is our heritage. Passed down to us from generations, we are proud of the part our forefathers took in the war. Our great, great, great grandfathers. Yes, I am just as proud of my union relatives as I am of my southern relatives. They fought for what they believed was right. They prayed about it, sought God’s face about it, and made a stand based upon the way they felt the Lord was leading them.

Maybe the problem isn’t the confederate flag. Maybe the problem is the fact that our school system has changed history to fit what they want children to know. If you read a history book written before 1950, you would be surprised at what you might find in it. Reading literature written at the same time as history was being made is enlightening too. You can experience, almost firsthand, the same thing the characters are because what is going on in the world is so much a part of what is being written, if that makes any sense at all.

What the historical Confederate battle flag symbolizes isn’t hate. It has become a symbol that one sinful, depraved man used to show his depravity — used to test Darwin’s theory of  every man for himself and the strong will overpower the weak. The shooting wasn’t a hate crime — it was murder. And, in reality, isn’t all murder a hate crime? Technically speaking, isn’t all sin a manifestation of our hatred for the Lord? Of our sin nature?     Boehner thinks Confederate flags shouldn’t be displayed at federal ...

Not everyone who flies a confederate flag is a white supremest. I know that  out in our neck of the woods, several people fly it to honour what their ancestors did. Many people fly it because they are patriotic and remember our country’s history. And others fly it just because they can.

There is a song I really like, sang by Bobby Horton, called “Southern Birthright”, and it really  expresses a good view of how  southern people think about our South:

“There’s a birthright that each southern boy inherits when he’s born,
And he carries it forever, ’till the day his mourners mourn.
It’s not founded on old politics, of race or slavery,
Those who see no more than that care not for history.

“For our hearts are still with Jackson and our faith with General Lee
And we still can taste the sweetness of that one last victory.
Though we’ll never ride with Forest and we’ll never march with Bragg
We still love our southern heroes and we love our southern flag.

“It’s a way of life that ended and the way it died so hard,
It’s the honour and the chivalry folks today most disregard.
It’s the ride around the Plymouth and Jem Markin’s young cadets
it’s Sam Watkin’s telling stories and Sam Davis’s regrets.

“And our hearts are still with Stuart and our faith with General Lee,
And we still can taste the sweetness of that one last victory,
No we’ll never march with Johnston or be caught with General Bragg
We will love our southern heroes and we love our southern flag.

“It’s the dream of Pickett charging and never being stopped,
It’s the thought of Stonewall Jackson, never being shot,
Though it’d never change America — she is as she should be —
We can’t help but try once more to win that one last victory.

“For our hearts are still with Jackson and our faith in General Lee,
And we still can taste the sweetness of that one last victory.
No, we’ll never march with Claybourne or be stuck with General Bragg,
We will love our southern heroes and we love our southern flag.

“For our hearts are still with Longstreet and our faith in General Lee,
We still think we’re good enough to win that one last victory.
Time won’t let us march with Hurley or be wasted by old Bragg,
But we’ll flaunt our southern birthright, and we’ll wave our southern flag.”

A friend from church summed it up well: “Citizens of these United States don’t know what the Confederate battle flag truly represents and what it’s history is. Some of them don’t want to. Others just follow the mainstream media. I.e. “go with the flow.” So other people (who are just as ignorant) try and take advantage and promote their agenda by taking the side that gets them the most publicity. Not even caring how it effects their morals just so long as they become more popular. Almost everything nowadays is a publicity stunt. That’s what happens when you have an immoral media who wants to promote immorality, and the ungodly politicians try and use that catalyst to boost their career.”

So, what do you think? Do you think that the confederate flag should be “outlawed”? Do you view it as a representative of hatred? Bigotry? What about my northern readers? How do you feel?

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2 comments

  1. Julie says:

    “True, the legality of owning another human person became an issue, but it wasn’t originally. ”

    Uh, yes it was. Defenders of the Confederacy like to insist that it wasn’t about slavery, but about states’ rights. What they conveniently leave out is that it was about states’ rights TO OWN SLAVES. You’re nitpicking semantics here.

    “And beware — ’cause when we get roused up, we really get roused up!”

    Yep, I remember when you guys got all roused up over desegregation, too. Good times.

    • The Modest Maiden says:

      I appreciate you sharing your opinion….I do realize that the way in which we understand the history behind the war between the states is prejudiced by which side of the mason-dixon line we live on =) It also depends on which history books you read — old, outdated ones, or new, modern ones. Thank you for taking the time to comment on this issue!

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