This is what you're up against when you debate HorseGirl.
"The framers of our Constitution never exhausted so much labor, wisdom, and forbearance in its formation, and surrounded it with so many guards and securities, if it were intended to be broken by every member of the Confederacy at will. It is intended for perpetual union, so expressed in the preamble, and for the establishment of a government (not a compact) which can only be dissolved by revolution, or by the consent of all the people in convention assembled."
-Robert E. Lee
Life is short, ride a horse
In other words, I know very, very well what Southern heritage is - I know it better than most. I grew up honoring my Southern heritage, lived it, and loved it...until I came to understand what it lly was, and what that flag (I owned one) really stood for.
For instance, do you really know why the Confederate flag was flying there at the S.C. capitol? From The Atlantic:
In 1988, Lee Atwater, the tactician of racial politics in a very different Republican Party, gave me a tour of the State House at Columbia, South Carolina. I was there as a reporter for the Washington Post. Standing in the rotunda under the dome he showed off the monumental statute of John C. Calhoun, godfather of secession, and then pointed out the window to the Confederate flag. It had been flying there since 1962, an emblem of resistance to the civil rights movement.
“You start out in 1954 by saying, ‘Ni**er, ni**er, ni**er,’” Atwater had explained to the political scientist Alexanders Lamis back in 1981. “By 1968 you can’t say ‘nigger’—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes …”
It had only been flying there since 1962 - but NOT in the previous 97 years. And why was it raised? As an emblem of resistance to the Civil Rights Movement. Have you read Mississippi's Declaration of Secession? Perhaps you should - there's a reason why it's not shown to students there as a part of high school state history.
“To do evil, a human being must first of all believe that what he’s doing is good" - Solzhenitsyn
"...with the terrorists, you have to take out their families." - Donald Trump