- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 25, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:


Jim Webb, the former Democrat from Virginia who is mulling a run against Hillary Clinton, apparently has no problem with the Confederate flag.

“This is an emotional time and we all need to think through these issues with a care that recognizes the need for change but also respects the complicated history of the Civil War,” Webb wrote on Facebook. “The Confederate Battle Flag has wrongly been used for racist and other purposes in recent decades. It should not be used in any way as a political symbol that divides us.”

His comments fly in the face of nearly all liberals, who not only want to see the Confederate flag burned to ashes, some want to remove statues of Jefferson and Washington — both slave owners — and one critic wants to ban “gone With the Wind.”

But Webb doubled down, saying: “We should also remember that honorable Americans fought on both sides in the Civil War, including slave holders in the Union Army from states such as Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland and Delaware, and that many non-slave holders fought for the South. It was in recognition of the character of soldiers on both sides that the federal government authorized the construction of the Confederate Memorial 100 years ago, on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.”

He closed by saying: “This is a time for us to come together, and to recognize once more that our complex multicultural society is founded on the principle of mutual respect,” which, in this context, means he’s asking for people to respect the Confederate flag.



His Facebook posting drew hundreds of comments, most of them not so happy. And seemed to be losing potential votes as the comment thread grew.

” ‘It should not be used in any way as a political symbol that divides us.’ ButJim, the confederate flag IS ACTUALLY a political symbol of us (US) divided. That’s the whole damn point of the thing. Goodbye Jim,” wrote Adam Smith. 

Jackie Griffin wrote: “I truly expected more for you on this issue. As a man who fought for this country, fought for our ideals, to say that the confederate battle flag is being ‘wrongly used’ for racist purposes is to ignore the fact that it’s originator stated that he intended it’s very design and purpose to be used as a racist symbol. This is not s hard choice. This is not vaguely difficult.”
Still, the post garnered more than 1,000 likes. Go figure.

 

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