Rally 'Round the Flag

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I'm
tired of the media making this a black versus white issue and
playing the race card to try to fit their political correct agenda.
I have no problem with the current flag and wish the media and
the so-called leaders of the NAACP would allow me to speak for
myself and quit assuming how I feel because I am black. Stop trying
to make whites feel guilty for something you have not experienced
nor will ever experience.

[Name:
Meredith] [State: Mississippi] [Race: African-American] [Sex:
Female] [Choice: No Change] [Vote Type: Referendum] [01/08/01]

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On
Tuesday, April 17, 2001, 65 percent of the citizens of Mississippi
who cast their ballot in a special election decided in favor of
keeping the state flag as it has existed since 1894, a flag that
incorporates the Confederate battle emblem in it's upper left corner.

One
could hear the clucking of tongues and the "tut-tut-tut's"
emanating from the mouths of the limousine liberals and Beltway
intelligentsia almost instantaneously.

In
an editorial published by the Atlanta Constitution on Thursday,
April 19, 2001 entitled "Mississippi
will suffer for its Legislature's cowardice
," the liberal
editorial board takes the following position:

"Had
integration and the scrapping of Jim Crow laws depended on public
ballot rather than federal courts, there would probably be regions
of the South today where black and white students would be forced
to attend separate schools and drink from different water fountains.

Similarly, had Georgia relied on a public referendum to decide
whether to change our divisive flag, we would be where Mississippi
finds itself today – a state so bound to its past that it
cannot rise to meet its future."

For
a group who is still bound up by the fact that Al Gore won the popular
vote and lost the last presidential election, this is certainly
a surprising turn of events. Suddenly the liberals no longer want
the democracy that they claim to love, with their voting blocs of
entitlement-beholden voters, and would prefer a return to a representative
republic. One is left to surmise that the democratic process of
referendum on issues of import to the state is only valuable if
the people can be trusted to do "the right thing." Otherwise,
they will have to take the vote away from the common man and place
it with "courageous" legislators who can more frequently
be counted on to make the politically correct decision.

Well,
huzzah and three cheers for the brave citizens of Mississippi for
telling these know-it-all bastards to take the proverbial long walk
off a short pier!

Oh,
sure, Mississippians are going to be subjected to all sorts of threats
from various groups that there will be boycotts, or that such-and-such
corporation has decided not to relocate to some rural Mississippi
community because of the "flag issue". There will be the
public denunciations, the endless jokes about how hopelessly backward
the citizens of Mississippi are, the typical civic insults hurled
by the sanctimonious purveyors of socialist dogma from coast to
coast.

So
be it.

The
citizens of Mississippi were smart enough to realize that they were
going to be the poor cousin of the elite media in New York, Washington
and Los Angeles no matter what they did. The token "pat on
the head" that they would have received for changing the state
flag would in no way have had any lasting change on how the liberal
elite in America view Mississippi, nor would it have had any significant
impact on whether corporate America proceeds to invest there.

The
people of Mississippi know what they have in their state. They know
the beauty of the Natchez Trace, the history of Vicksburg, the legacy
of Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha County, Clarkesdale, and the mythic
"Crossroads" of blues legend Robert Johnson, Tupelo: the
battlefield, and the birthplace of the King, Oxford and the Rebels
of Ole Miss, and all the rest that is great about the state.

Most
of Mississippi's detractors have never set foot in the state. All
they know, or think they know, has come to them second hand, by
way of a media elite, who want nothing more than to have somewhere
to call "worse than here". Of course, they will trot out
the usual statistics to show how much better their government schools
are, or how much more public funding they provide for the indigent,
or how much nicer their taxpayer funded this-or-that is. Once done,
they will heave a collective sigh of relief that, even though their
state may not be perfect, they are at least better off than the
poor souls living in Mississippi.

Mississippians
are well aware of this cultural chauvinism, and they are well aware
of where these cultural chauvinists stand on the issue of their
state flag. Tuesday, Mississippi collectively told them where they
could stuff it.

"Attention
all carpetbaggers and scalawags: Don't let the door hit ya'll in
the backside on your way out!"

Hallelujah!

April
21, 2001

Jef
Allen is a technology professional in Georgia. As a reformed Yankee,
who has lived in the South for roughly twenty years, he has very
little tolerance for Northern sanctimony, or the erosion of individual
liberty.

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