the all too prevalent trend of poltroonery, Georgia
has adopted a new state flag. Southern Christian Leadership
Conference co-founder Joseph Lowery comments, "It's better
than what it is, but it's not what it should be."
reflects the fundamental intransigence of the anti-Confederate movement.
It makes sense: If you detest Confederate symbols, how can you accept
their presence, no matter how marginal, on official materials?
compromisers don't comprehend or don't care that anti-Confederates
will be satisfied only when those symbols are "removed from
a position of sovereignty," to
quote the NAACP. I anticipate my state will soon face "economic
sanctions" for its Confederate-esque
first glance, the
new flag looks inspired by Michael Jackson's "We Are the
World." The only thing missing is the proverbial kitchen sink.
of the Confederacy might discern another presence. The blue field
with a circle of white stars around the state seal – might
the new flag be an homage to the Bonnie Blue Flag? (Anti-Confederates
may charge the stars signify white supremacist incorporation. I'm
being only somewhat facetious.)
Bonnie Blue possibility isn't out of hand. The flag's designer,
Cecil Alexander, had a grandfather who fought for the Confederacy.
Alexander's design might signify something else entirely. Its composition,
down to the circular arrangement of the stars, corresponds to the
banner of none other than the European
an irony of Jabba the Hut proportions for the EU to have a flag
with Confederate flair, but those continental consolidationists
never cease to surprise. The Eurocrats aren't even surreptitious
about their designs. European Commission President Romano Prodi
recently stated regarding the Charter of Fundamental Rights: "[I]t
will be possible to envisage calmly how to incorporate the Charter
in the founding treaties of the Union. The
Commission would like to see this happening as soon as possible."
(Eurocracy's evils will be examined on a panel at this year's Austrian
a moment of inferential intensity one might contend Alexander's
flag ingeniously honors Georgia's Confederate past while allusively
portraying the federal emasculation of Georgia's sovereignty. Beneath
its ostensible plainness is a representation of American federalism's
decline and a call for renewed autonomy; to prompt citizens to observe
the subordination of Europe's sovereignties to supranational governance
and in their recoil reassert self-government in their own state.
interpretation is probably erroneous. Mr. Alexander likely contemplated
neither the Bonnie Blue Flag nor even less the European Union. The
neatness with which they accord nevertheless contains an excellent
utility in crystallizing the question before Georgians and their
neighbors: Bonnie Blue or EU?
Kantor lives in Boynton Beach, Florida.