Saturday, June 27, 2015

The will of the State Vs. the will of the people

On 27 June 2015, Bree Newsome removed the confederate flag that flew in front of the state house in Columbia, South Carolina. Within hours, the flag continued to fly at full mast.

On 19 June 2015, the state flag of South Carolina and the Flag Of The United States of America are at half mast in respect and solace for the murder of nine men and women including a South Carolina state senator.

I believe that the greatest strength of our country is that we are made up of 50 individual states that have their own legislature to determine how best to govern their own citizens.
The implied statement of having the flag of a failed secession over the right to keep humans as slaves fly at full mast when the state and federal government have decided to fly their own flags at half mast is dishonorable to the men and women who have given the lives to protect freedom and democracy both abroad and here, at home , in America.

The 250,000 United States military members that were killed during that war were fighting against tyranny, like many wars fought before and many fought after. What moral or ethical values that would lead the members of the South Caroline state government to discount their sacrifice by holding the flag of a failed secession over the flag of Our Nation during a National tragedy is beyond anything I can understand in my value system.

I am completely open to someone explaining to me the significance of this act which would be called a name with a "T" if carried out by an individual.


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