It All Depends On What The Meaning Of “Freedom” Is…

2 comments February 25th, 2008at 07:57pm Posted by Eli

The Sons of Confederate Veterans remind us what the Civil War was all about:

The citizen-soldiers who fought for the Confederacy personified the best qualities of America. The preservation of liberty and freedom was the motivating factor in the South’s decision to fight the Second American Revolution. The tenacity with which Confederate soldiers fought underscored their belief in the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. These attributes are the underpinning of our democratic society and represent the foundation on which this nation was built.

Um, yeah. ‘Cuz if there’s one thing I associate the Confederacy with, it’s freedom, democracy and human rights. Okay, three things. I’ll come in again.

And now there’s a Republican state rep who wants Florida to sell Confederate flag license plates to fund these SCV bozos:

A Panhandle lawmaker wants a “Confederate Heritage” license plate to join the 109 specialty tags already available in Florida.

The extra $25 motorists would pay for the tag would go to educational programs run by Sons of Confederate Veterans, graveyard maintenance and museum exhibits.

Rep. Donald Brown, R-DeFuniak Springs, filed the bill (HB 1007) last week. The plate would feature a shield displaying the rebel battle flag symbol surrounded by several flags from the Civil War era. He says it would give motorists a way to show pride in their heritage.

Fantastic. For every Florida motorist “showing pride in their heritage,” I reckon there will be two or three others cringing in embarrassment or outright horror.

(h/t Stoller)

Entry Filed under: Racism,Republicans


  • 1. shortstop  |  February 27th, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Always entertaining when white oppressors fervently believe their rights, liberty and freedom are being squelched. It never even occurs to them that other people get rights, liberty and freedom as well. Remember how the white ruling minority in South Africa was totally serious when it insisted that the rest of the world bug out and let South Africa govern itself? Um, guys, we did. You just forgot that “South Africa” refers to more than you lot.

  • 2. Eli  |  February 27th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    God forbid that anyone should infringe on their inalienable divine right to take away the rights of others.

    Invoking “freedom” to defend slavery or apartheid takes a special blend of chutzpah, obliviousness, and sheer evil. Kinda like using “human rights” (*and* freedom) to justify the invasion of Iraq…

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