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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Fayetteville Columnist Gets Pwned By Yours Truly


On Monday, May 1st, the Fayetteville Observer posted an opinion piece about the recent raising of a large Dixie Cross banner by the NC Division Sons of Confederate Veterans last month along a stretch of Interstate 95 north of Fayetteville, North Carolina. The full article can be seen HERE.

The opinion piece, written by columnist Myron B. Pitts, discusses this from the perspective of someone that wants to claim to be above such topics, but for some reason cannot stop talking about it. 

According to the article, Mr. Pitts -- in his own words -- wanted to have some fun. I'm of course down with that. I too enjoy a little fun at the expense of judgmental snowflakes. So let's have some fun, shall we? 

As always my responses are written in Southern Red. Enjoy. 

Pitts: Confederate flag not worth bothering about


Because race relations are in such a wonderful place right now — all “kumbayah” and such — and we can let our hair down, it’s time for some fun. Just like I am about to have a good bit of "fun" with you, Mr. Pitts. Last week, a Confederate historical group got the ball rolling by raising an enormous Confederate battle flag in clear view of drivers on Interstate 95, about 15 miles north of Fayetteville.
Starting out a column with sarcasm, this outta be fun. BTW congratulations to the NC Division SCV for raising the new banner! Well done! (That part wasn't sarcasm on my part, FYI!)

The flag is 20-by-30 feet, sits on private property and “overlooks Interstate 95 for all passersby to enjoy,” according to a news release put out by R. Kevin Stone, the state commander of the N.C. Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans. And a friend and compatriot of mine that I have had the pleasure of meeting several times at various memorial services. His name appears in several blog posts on this site. The group is listed as based at Historic Oak Grove Plantation in Godwin. Stone says this is the first of its “mega flags” it will roll out as part of the Flags Across the Carolinas project.

I drove north from the city and whizzed by the can’t-miss flag. I detoured over to the Oak Grove plantation in Godwin. Nobody was there. I drove back to the flag on 95, parked roadside and took pictures. The rebel banner was loudly flapping against its 90-foot post.

I have to say “enjoyment” wasn’t the very first emotion I felt. I take it silence reflection and reverence for the honored Southern dead wasn't either. Oh well. I cannot speak for other drivers along I-95. I did work myself around to mild amusement: Considering that the day was cloudy and the field in which the flag sat smelled of manure, which seemed about right.
Considering that most Confederate soldiers had been farmers and laborers, yeah it does seem about right. Manure helps crops grow, you know the stuff that gets to the supermarket where you buy it and eat it? Your amusement is quite telling of just how much contempt you seem to have for rural people and their efforts at keeping this nation of ours fed, city boy. 
I wasn’t angry, either. Years ago, I might have been. But there’s some real serious issues out there, and this ain’t one.
Well that is good in a way from my perspective and from those of most Confederate heritage defenders. Anger and fear are the last things one should associate with that flag. 

Mind you, I’d already seen this same sort of provocative display near Danville, Virginia, coming back from seeing my in-laws in December — a rebel flag even taller at 109 feet.
Great job Virginia Flaggers!

“That’s horrible,” my wife said.
GASP! OH MY GOD! ITS A FLAG!!!! IT'S GONNA EAT US!!!! AHHHHH!!!! (LMAO! Oh get serious!)
The people who placed that flag, also on private property, did it to explicitly get back at the Danville government for removing a rebel flag from a public space the year prior.
If by "get back" you mean they did it because the elected officials of Danville violated their word, tore down a flag and desecrated a Confederate memorial under the cover of darkness, then you would be about right. 

Far as I know, Cumberland County was gifted with our rebel flag not because of anything anybody did but because we have a Confederate general buried at MacPherson Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, and because the Sons of Confederates Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) are selling grave plots near the big flag on Interstate 95 to raise a little money. That’s neat. Rebel entrepreneurs, y’all.
The money they raise is to help buy equipment to clean and restore cemeteries, preserve historical markers and monuments, and see that recognized American Veterans are given proper headstones. Yeah, that is neat. One of the reasons I proudly call myself a member of that particular group of noble men. 

I’ve been seeing the rebel flag my whole life. I’m southern, too, though some other southerners seem to forget.
Uh no we don't. That would be YOU projecting whatever irrational insecurities you seem to hold in your own heart there fella. By the way its Southern with a capital S. 

I know the Confederate flag’s different forms. The flags of most southern Southern states, including North Carolina’s, are modeled after different rebel flags. After Trump got elected, I saw one creative person even raise the Bonnie Blue — blue field, white star. It symbolizes secession, or more charitably, independence. (Facepalm) Why do these regressives lately always seem to go back to Trump? The current, chaotic African state of Somalia has a very similar flag, which is just so poetic.
Ironically the nation of Jamaica (which has a really cool Olympic bobsled team FYI!) has a flag modeled after the same St Andrews flag that the Dixie Cross (aka the Confederate Battle Flag) is modeled after, making the flag of the Southland and the flag of Jamaica cousins of sorts....isn't that a cool little fact, mon?  (Sorry, had to add that last part, dude! LOL!) 

Anyway, the battle flag has had its benign uses at times. Still largely does, though I am glad you acknowledge that much at least. I wore the Dixie Youth patch in youth sports and had the sticker on my window as a kid — thought nothing of it. And anybody can tell you them Duke boys may have driven a Rebel-flag emblazoned General Lee, but they treated every man the same — lessin’ he was a great big man wearing a white suit, chomping on a cigar and vowing to put them in the jailhouse over a little hooch. And even then the Dukes still helped out that same guy and the local sheriff whenever they had problems in spite of all that. Helping one's neighbors -- even the ornery ones -- that is the Southern way, man. One of the values I enjoyed about that particular show as a kid.

But the benign days of the rebel flag are done, if they ever existed. Uh, didn't you just say that it DID in your last paragraph? Oh yes, you did. Guess you are not very good at proofreading your work then. The flag nationally symbolizes defiance now. Defiance against ignorance and anti-Southern prejudice....certainly. Let’s not kid ourselves. Oh I am fully comfortable with my worldview and have more than enough information to back it up, thanks. 

Jimmy Buxton, president of the local branch of the NAACP, said he was initially angry seeing the mega flag on I-95.
GASP! Oh....no....(sniffle). 

“The flag itself did not do it,” he says. So he acknowledges that the flag itself does not cause problems? Well that puts him a little bit ahead of most of his compatriots. “The people that put it up there. We know it’s there to irritate.”
WOW! There it is again folks! That Liberal superpower they have. The ability to enter someone else's mind and allegedly read their thoughts. God what I wouldn't give for that particular magical ability.

He asked if the Sons of Confederates Sons of Confederate Veterans had relatives in the World Wars or in Vietnam and why couldn’t they raise big flags in their honor. Um, they have helped raise flags and money for stones in honor of those men too, and (this might seem ironic to you) the graves of Union soldiers -- including Black members of the USCT. Why celebrate men he says were “forced” into fighting for the cause of slavery?
Another myth shot to hell long ago, but one the Left continues to mindlessly spout out. The Confederate soldier was largely a volunteer citizen soldier. Very few of them were drafted till the second half of the War. 

“Why does it gotta be this particular war?” he wants to know.
Uh, because they are the sons of CONFEDERATE veterans. Last time I checked the Confederates only fought in one particular war. Unless of course, he means their descendants who fought in the World Wars and Vietnam....and more recently in Iraq.
Like these: 

In a news release, the NAACP said the flag did nothing but “rekindle contempt” and was “a symbol of prejudice and racial hatred.”
They are free to say that since the US Constitution says they have that right, even though saying that and making such snap judgments makes them look like total jackasses. 

But Buxton says he decided it was not worth being upset over and just encouraged people to ignore it.
And in doing so showed a degree of actual maturity. Too bad other delicate snowflakes can't seem to show that type of adult behavior these days. 
Stone, with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, wrote, responding to emailed questions, that the group would not respond to the Fayetteville NAACP’s news release.
That would be called taking the moral high ground. 
He did say of the NAACP remarks: “The assertions within them are false and needlessly disparaging.” He would be correct, though that was more diplomatic than what I would have said. Probably why nobody ever elected me Division SCV commander. LOL!
Stone said the site would be landscaped and there would be a formal ceremony later in the summer.
If possibly I will try my best to get there and cover it for the blog. 
He said his news release’s comment that passersby would enjoy the sight was not at all meant to be tongue-in-cheek.

“We are very clear,” he wrote, “that our sworn and sacred duty is to honor our Confederate ancestors who served in the armed forces of the Confederate States of America between 1861 and 1865. That is all.”

“We are very clear,” he wrote, “that our sworn and sacred duty is to honor our Confederate ancestors who served in the armed forces of the Confederate States of America between 1861 and 1865. That is all.”
Stone said the flag had received more positive response than negative. Which is most likely true. I wondered to myself who he had been talking to. Then I thought: Well, other Sons of Confederates Sons of Confederate Veterans, for one.

At any rate, I think Buxton’s got it about right, and I’ll be taking his advice. So, obviously you decided to write a whole article about it then? Humm....I don't quite think you get the Webster's Dictionary definition of the term. 

On my way back in on U.S. 301, my first sight in Fayetteville was the “Jesus car wash” I'm fairly certain that Car Wash should also have capitals too -- an ethnically diverse group of folks carrying on the good, God-inspired work of the late community servant and generous soul Michael Mansfield. I admit washing cars is decent, honest work, though I wonder how "God-inspired" it actually is. Certainly the Good Lord's hand is in every noble endeavor....just like it was when the NC Division Sons of Confederate Veterans worked hard to raise a flag in honor of a heritage and kinship shared with blood relatives who died in a War....many of them Christians. 

I thought, there’s a legacy we all can believe in, and share. Later for flags.
Yes, indeed honorable work in defense of a diverse, living heritage is a legacy worth sharing in....just ask these good people. 

Well folks, my work here seems to be done. One again using reason and a little bit of good humor, yours truly dismantles the shallow arguments of an anti-Confederate heritage regressive. 

As always thanks for reading and have a wonderful Dixie Day, y'all!

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