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“I will never be able to hold her again, but I forgive you.”

So said Nadine Collier, who lost her mother in the massacre at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, offering forgiveness to Dylann Roof, who confessed to the atrocity that took the lives of nine churchgoers at that Wednesday night prayer service and Bible study.

If there is a better recent example of what it means to be a Christian, I am unaware of it. Collier and the families of those slain showed a faithfulness to Christ’s gospel of love and forgiveness that many are taught but few are strong enough to follow, especially at times like this.

Their Christian witness testifies to a forgotten truth: If slavery was the worst thing that happened to black folks brought from Africa to America, Christianity was the best.

Charleston, too, gave us an example of how a city should behave when faced with horror.

Contrast the conduct of those good Southern people who stood outside that church in solidarity with the aggrieved, with the Ferguson mobs that looted and burned and the New York mobs that chanted for the killing of cops when the Eric Garner grand jury declined to indict.

Yet, predictably, the cultural Marxists, following Rahm Emanuel’s dictum that you never let a crisis go to waste, descended like locusts.

As Roof had filmed himself flaunting a Confederate battle flag, the cry went out to tear that flag down from the war memorial in Columbia, South Carolina, and remove its vile presence everywhere in America.

Sally Jenkins of The Washington Post appeared front and center on its op-ed page with this call to healing: “The Confederate battle flag is an American swastika, the relic of traitors and totalitarians, symbol of a brutal regime, not a republic. The Confederacy was treason in defense of a still deeper crime against humanity: slavery.”

But if Jenkins’ hate-filled screed is right, if the Confederacy was Nazi Germany on American soil, then not only the battle flag must go.

The Confederate War Memorial on the capitol grounds honors the scores of thousands of South Carolinians who died in the lost cause. And if that was a cause of traitors and totalitarians and about nothing but slavery, ought not that memorial be dynamited?

Even as ISIS is desecrating tombs in Palmyra, Syria, the cultural purge of the South has begun.

Rep. Steve Cohen wants the name of legendary cavalryman Nathan Bedford Forrest removed from Forrest Park in Memphis and his bust gone from the capitol; Sen. Mitch McConnell wants the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis removed from the Kentucky capitol.

Governors are rushing to remove replicas of the battle flag from license plates, with Virginia’s Terry McAuliffe the most vocal. Will McAuliffe also demand that the statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson be removed from Monument Avenue in Richmond?

“Take Down a Symbol of Hatred,” rails The New York Times.


But the battle flag is not so much a symbol of hatred as it is an object of hatred, a target of hatred. It evokes a hatred of the visceral sort that we see manifest in Jenkins’ equating of the South of Washington, Jefferson, John Calhoun, Andrew Jackson and Lee with Hitler’s Third Reich.

What the flag symbolizes for the millions who revere, cherish or love it, however, is the heroism of those who fought and died under it. That flag flew over battlefields, not over slave quarters.

Hence, who are the real haters here?

Can the Times really believe that all those coffee cups and baseball caps and T-shirts and sweaters and flag decals on car and truck bumpers are declarations that the owners hate black people? Does the Times believe Southern folks fly the battle flag in their yards because they want slavery back?

The Times’ editorialists cannot be such fools.

Vilification of that battle flag and the Confederacy is part of the cultural revolution in America that flowered half a century ago. Among its goals was the demoralization of the American people by demonizing their past and poisoning their belief in their own history.

The world is turned upside down. The new dogma of the cultural Marxists: Columbus was a genocidal racist. Three of our Founding Fathers — Washington, Jefferson, Madison — were slaveowners. Andrew Jackson was an ethnic cleanser of Indians. The great Confederate generals — Lee, Jackson, Forrest — fought to preserve an evil institution. You have nothing to be proud of and much to be ashamed of if your ancestors fought for the South. And, oh yes, your battle flag is the moral equivalent of a Nazi swastika.

And how is the Republican Party standing up to this cultural lynch mob? Retreating and running as fast as possible.

If we are to preserve our republic, future generations are going to need what that battle flag truly stands for: pride in our history and defiance in the face of the arrogance of power.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.”

Copyright 2015

• Category: History, Ideology • Tags: Confederate Flag, Slavery, The South 
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  1. the whole USA has a horrible history of racism. We just need to break up the USA and allow the enlightened non-racist states to go their own wonderful, enlightened, anti-racist way, unburdened by the horrible history of the other racist states from Dixie.

    Why should wise and enlightened liberal states have to have that Dixie anchor around their necks? Dixie is just holding them back. Let Dixie go.

  2. Kat Grey says:

    I’ve got an idea Pat. Seeing as the visages of the USA’s founding fathers are so repugnant to a small but vociferous section of the American populace, there needs to be a law passed that forbids anybody carrying currency with the face of a slaveowner stamped on its surface. Any person caught in possession of these bills or coins shall be immediately arrested and charged as a racist (no matter the ethnicity) and the offending objects confiscated. The revenue collected could then be used to replace all the detested Confederate flags with the Hammer and Sickle.

  3. Realist says:

    “If we are to preserve our republic, future generations are going to need what that battle flag truly stands for: pride in our history and defiance in the face of the arrogance of power.”

    Too late. That ship has sailed.

  4. “The Times’ editorialists cannot be such fools.”

    You want to think that over some more, Mr. Buchanan?

  5. @leftist conservative

    What you mean you want to let the South go it’s own way? Please, please, please, don’t throw us in that briar patch.

    Maybe one day race relations in the South will be as good as they are in New York, Boston and Philadelphia.

    The Yankee is the hypocrite of the world.

  6. @leftist conservative

    The breakup of the USA would be the one good thing to come out of this continuing fiasco. The federal government has long since become hideously oppressive of individual rights. If we became 10, 20, or even 50 states again, there’d be a much greater chance of freedom springing forth. People could move to whichever state suits them politically, culturally, socially, morally…

    • Replies: @Existential Wastrel
  7. @Kyle McKenna

    “The breakup of the USA would be the one good thing to come out of this continuing fiasco.” Not-a-gonna happen. The imperial federal government made that plain in the war of Northern aggression.

  8. fish says:
    @Gene Su

    Well it is pledge week!

  9. @C. Van Carter

    Bo0t is more than welcome to go back to his homeland. He isn’t an American and never will be. His opinions on anything to do with the culture of the American South are worthless.

  10. Maj. Kong says:
    @Tiny Duck

    What is this “move forward” ? Just more liberal pablum about the linear model of history being a curve that bends toward “justice”.

    If not forgetting that the USSR fell in 1991.

    The supposedly racist South has been the recipient of a reversal of the Great Migration. But that’s not enough for the liberals. They won’t be satisfied until it’s a Second Reconstruction, with black liberals governing Alabama like Detroit.

  11. AnAnon says:
    @Gene Su

    Slavery existed under the Stars and Stripes for vastly longer than it existed under the stars and bars, if the confederate flag must go on that basis than so must the US flag.

  12. “And how is the Republican Party standing up to this cultural lynch mob? Retreating and running as fast as possible.”

    This is the only part of this article that I disagree with. Republican politicians are largely on the side of the left, and against the people they appeal to for votes. How else can one explain their behavior after the recent elections? Corruption? Blackmail? If the recent elections meant anything, the message was that the left is not in control of the masses. Now it’s completely clear that the left is in control of both political parties.

    No politician who has the Israeli flag in his office, visits Israel for indoctrination and bribes, attends AIPAC meetings or visits synagogues that fly that flag can complain about racism, treason, military aggression, or raise any of the other false charges that are constantly throw at the South and Southerners.

  13. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @C. Van Carter

    Delta is ready when you are, Mr Boot.

  14. IBC says:

    The spiritual forbearance that members of the Emanuel AME Church congregation have shown, deserves the recognition and admiration of everyone, Christian or not. They responded to a merciless attack and betrayal of their hospitality, with forgiveness and even love. If the accused killer turns out to have any conscience at all, this will cause give him both comfort and pain. I feel sorry for the losses of everyone involved, but I feel love and respect for people who can summon the strength to forgive, after such a senseless destruction of lives.

  15. Hrw-500 says:
    @Gene Su

    That reminds me of that video from Mark Dice where we see U.S. Citizens sign a petition to ban the U.S flag to replace with the New World Order! Idiocracy in action….

  16. anon • Disclaimer says:

    But if Jenkins’ hate-filled screed is right, if the Confederacy was Nazi Germany on American soil, then not only the battle flag must go.

    The internal logic of PC leads inevitably to genocide – step by little step.

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