The real truth of the matter is that the flag never actually went away in the South. It was flown at parades and official ceremonies meant to honor Confederate veterans right up until the last of them died in the 1940s and 1950s.
While some may have come to view the flag as being a symbol for segregation in the 1950s and 1960s, that actually wasn't the primary reason given for flying it back then either. South Carolina began flying the flag in 1961 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the start of the Civil War.
Since 2000, the flag hasn't even flown over the capital anyway. It's been flying over a memorial for Confederate soldiers.
The whole "Confederate flag = racism" argument simply doesn't hold up under scrutiny. The vast majority of Southerners don't view it that way, and they never did.
No state shall enter into any treaty, alliance, or confederation; grant letters of marque and reprisal; coin money; emit bills of credit; make anything but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts; pass any bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts, or grant any title of nobility.
No state shall, without the consent of the Congress, lay any imposts or duties on imports or exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing it's inspection laws: and the net produce of all duties and imposts, laid by any state on imports or exports, shall be for the use of the treasury of the United States; and all such laws shall be subject to the revision and control of the Congress.
No state shall, without the consent of Congress, lay any duty of tonnage, keep troops, or ships of war in time of peace, enter into any agreement or compact with another state, or with a foreign power, or engage in war, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent danger as will not admit of delay.
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They sure as heck were "taking over" Federal property all over the South - property that belonged to all of the US Citizens.Quote Originally Posted by Cryptic
The framers never banned secession. As the CSA simply wanted to leave, they were not "taking over" anything.
You're essentially arguing that the KKK's fringe radical interpretation of the flag trumps that of the vast majority of the population. Let's be honest here, the only reason you're doing so is because it better meshes with the preconceived negative stereotype of white Southerners being racists that you happen to have floating around in your head, and the ideological narrative you've built around it.
At the end of the day, this latest wave of hysteria is the product of political and regional bigotry, and not much else.
Last edited by Gathomas88; 06-28-15 at 01:20 PM.
You would do good to learn some history. The spring of 1861 was the very beginning of the Civil War. History shows that there was indeed a plan to take over.As the CSA simply wanted to leave, they were not "taking over" anything.
In the Spring of 1861, Sibley, a Louisianan who had just resigned from the U.S. Army, met with Confederate President Jefferson Davis, outlining a strategy to take over the American West. The plan called for an invasion along the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains, seizing Colorado Territory, which was in the height of a gold rush, as well as Fort Laramie, Wyoming, which was the most important garrison along the Oregon Trail.
Sibley then planned on focusing on areas farther west to attack mineral-rich Nevada and California. His strategy also included taking the northern Mexican states of Chihuahua, Sonora, and Lower California, either through purchase or by invasion. The Civil War in New Mexico - Page 2
Kind of makes you wonder what the intent actually was, and from the prolific use of the term slavery in this document I'd say thats the number one reason.
Hell, for fun you should read- A Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of the State of Mississippi from the Federal Union.
Then get revisit the reasons for the Civil War.