Jim Webb and the Flag

Jim Webb and the Flag

Really? Does former Senator Jim Webb, who really looked as if he got bored of being the U.S. Senate and split — yet now wants to be President — think no one noticed his support for the Confederate Flag? This might be cute if the cold blooded murders of nine people at Emanuel AME had never happened. Or it may not be.

On June 24, 2015, MSNBC reported that Webb said, “This is an emotional time and we all need to think through these issues with a care that recognizes the need for change but also respects the complicated history of the Civil War.”

What “complicated history” of the Civil War?

“This is a time for us to come together, and to recognize once more that our complex multicultural society is founded on the principle of mutual respect.”  Yeah OK Jim. Nice try.

Let’s go over the South Carolina articles of sucession when they left the Union shall we?

“The prohibition of slavery in the Territories, hostility to it everywhere, the equality of the black and white races, disregard of all constitutional guarantees in its favor, were boldly proclaimed by its leaders and applauded by its followers.”

And Mississippi:  “Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery – the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product, which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization. That blow has been long aimed at the institution, and was at the point of reaching its consummation. There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union, whose principles had been subverted to work out our ruin.”

Who is Webb kidding? There’s no confusion about why the Civil War was fought — unless you’re in denial about basic American history. Any Democrat running for the White House needs the support of Black voters.  Webb’s positions are more than a little bit problematic regarding the federal flag — a relatively simply symbolic issue — to say the least.

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