from the State Capitol Grounds of South Carolina?
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Hi Alastar. I thank you for your very important message - you have worded your reply much the same as I would. You, Jackie and Paula are my choices for best answer for being able to see both sides and state the facts. I appreciate this very much.
Thank you, Phyllis. I wish someone would write on the 1913 Gettysburg reunion where aged Billy Yanks and Johnny Rebs came together in peace on that former battlefield of 50 years before to become united American soldiers once again, and with respect.
You are welcome, Alastar. I will look into the information you gave on the 50 year Gettysburg reunion of the Billy Yanks and Johnny Rebs - thanks for that information. Maybe we can get Randy to write it, if not, I will. I am sure it will bring tears.
So where it tragically began it tragically ends. Let the flag be retired from the Capital Grounds and let's mourn for the dead of then and now and forge ahead as a country.
Awesome answer, Alastar ...and best answer by far, Phyllis!
And thank you, Faith Reaper. Your a lady who is wise to the power of healing.
Thank you, Faith. I appreciate your comment.
Thanks for commenting, Christin.
Right on Christin!
I can't for the life of me see how people take pride in a symbol that is so offensive and hurtful to so many. There has to be other symbols of Southern "pride" that don't evoke this kind of distaste. Even WalMart is removing it!
Thanks for commenting, Andrew.
Andrew: You are correct. But the issue was state rights. Did a state have the right to leave the union, and accordingly decide if slavery should be allowed. Lincoln said a House Divided Cannot Stand. He did free the slaves & saved the union.
Thanks for commenting, Christopher.
The idea of the Old South exists. Confederate flag should not fly, but it should not be forgotten. It is a reminder of a defining moment in our history and that as a nation we remained united. A southern victory would have given us 2 weak nation.
You have some interesting thoughts, MizB, which I agree with. Thank you for commenting.
Thanks, Phyllis. It reminds me of the "double think" in George Orwell's novel, 1984. Four years before he wrote it he said: " ... there is no such thing as a history of our own times which could be universally accepted ...."
George Orwell was spot-on with that statement.
My husband said something interesting this morning. He moderates a show on PalTalk and observed reactions. He said that "people seem to think there is something magic about a flag." He questioned when will people learn that flags aren't magic?
Interesting thoughts, Marie. Thanks.
I'm glad you brought that out, Marie. I've had people jump down my throat on HP for saying that it was state's rights, not slavery. They simply have not studied their history.
The south was willing to stay in the union if slavery continued. Federal efforts were underway to abolish slavery. Southern states thought slavery should be allowed. Slavery was the catalyst for the war over state rights and preserve the union.
No, Larry, that's whitewashed history. If you read the Federal Register and get it straight from the horse's mouth, you will find that the war was over a huge tariff the North was making the South pay on imports, mostly on sugar from the Caribbean.
Thank you for commenting, Paula. I appreciate your honesty.
Hi Kevin. Thanks for commenting.
Hi Jackie. Thank you for commenting.
Thank you for commenting, Larry.