|A Police Patch In Gettysburg, SD|
Why The Equivalence Between The 2 Flags?
(photo from ksfy.com)
I think it should be expunged, and if I were living in Gettysburg I'd support a measure to do just that. However, I don't reside in Gettysburg. I've never been to Gettysburg. Until this came up, I never much cared about what was going on in Gettysburg. But as I was asked about my opinion on the flag controversy during a radio interview last week, I stated a position that I stand by: this is something for the people who live in Gettysburg to decide. I think there's been some histrionic overkill by non-residents in their efforts to get the city to do away with the "stars and bars" of the Confederacy. My good friend Cory Heidelberger over at his excellent blog Dakota Free Press just raised a Constitutional argument against the flag's continued display. Though I share Cory's contempt for the city's position, I think his argument is a stretch. I invite readers to link to DFP's post
|County Courthouse In Gettysburg, SD|
No Room For The Confederate Symbol Here.
Why Festoon The Police With It?
(photo from www.gettysburgsd.net)
The Constitutional argument that I would make is one that allows people freedom of speech. Given the virtually limitless freedom to use the Confederate flag in all manner of official and unofficial capacities, I'd say the long history of its display is one that has de facto Constitutional sanction. Just as there has never been a serious federal attempt at getting the State of South Carolina to remove the flag from state property, it seems pretty doubtful that any outside entity, public or private, can force Gettysburg to ban the display by using Constitutional authority. Fact is, it would be contra-Constitutional to do so. Freedom of speech is also the freedom to make stupid utterances (some of my readers probably marvel at my frequent capacity to do just that, lol), which is exactly the lesson that we learn from Gettysburg, South Dakota, and its irrational infatuation with the flag of the Confederacy.