As 12 or so people may know, I penned an article yesterday outlining 5 rather nonsensical arguments used to defend the Confederate flag being displayed at Government buildings. While I briefly touched on the rather illogical claim that the Confederate flag was to the Confederacy what the United States flag is to the Ku Klux Klan (and other radical groups that claim the United States flag as their own), perhaps it's a topic worth diving a little deeper into. I say that because, this morning, I saw this piece of narrative drivel floating around the interwebs: "What’s next for liberals, right wingers ask — banning the American flag?"
In this collection of some of the more absurd arguments one could conjure up, there are statements such as this:
“Is the American flag next?” Fox’s Kimberly Guilfoyle said on June 23, as Media Matters reported.
“It’s not going to stop with the Confederate flag, because it’s not about the Confederate flag,” he said on June 23. “It is about destroying the South as a political force. It’s about isolating, targeting and identifying the South as Dylann Roof. … If you don’t think the American flag is in their crosshairs down the road, you had better stop and reconsider. The American flag is what? It’s the symbol of America. The left, what? Doesn’t like this country very much and never has.”
I wonder: are Conservatives aware that the Confederate States of America was started specifically and explicitly to oppose the United States of America? If one is aware of that, then how is it logical at all to compare prohibiting the flying of the Confederate flag at Government buildings with the same prohibition for the United States flag? Wanting to prohibit the display of the Confederate flag at Government buildings is, in part, specifically an attempt to embrace the *actual* flag of the United States, and all it represents; not just in recognition of the past, but in the present as well.
The irony here is perhaps thicker than it's ever been: a group of people advocating for the official public display of a flag which represents a country that was created to oppose and destroy the United States accuses the group wanting to prohibit said display of not loving the United States.
This is crazy talk of the craziest degree. Standing against the country created to destroy the United States is not a slippery slope to standing against the United States - that notion's diametrically opposed to itself.
Thus, if Conservatives claim to love the United States so much, why are they so rabidly supporting official Government display of a flag that represents a country created to stand against the United States? I can't imagine any cogent answer exists for such a question, but I'll wait optimistically anyway.