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The TRUTH About the Confederate Battle Flag

Caiden Cowger

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For some, the Confederate Flag represents racism, for others it serves as a representation of the south; however, many do not know the history behind it.

The Battle Flag of Northern Virginia

The Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia

The modern flag that is now a representative of the confederacy was actually the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia. The Army of Northern Virginia was commanded by Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Here is where it gets interesting.

On December 27, 1856, Gen. Lee wrote in a letter to his wife, “In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, that slavery as an institution, is a moral & political evil in any Country. It is useless to expatiate on its disadvantages. I think it however a greater evil to the white man than to the black race, & while my feelings are strongly enlisted in behalf of the latter, my sympathies are more strong for the former. The blacks are immeasurably better off here than in Africa, morally, socially & physically. The painful discipline they are undergoing, is necessary for their instruction as a race, & I hope will prepare & lead them to better things. How long their subjugation may be necessary is known & ordered by a wise Merciful Providence.”

Lee also supported the work conducted by his wife and her mother who fought to liberate slaves. His wife and daughter founded an illegal school for slaves on the Arlington plantation, which according to Virginia law, educating slaves was prohibited. Lee also encouraged slave owners to allow their slaves to volunteer for the confederacy.

Lee said, “I can make soldiers out of any human being that has arms and legs.”

Lee believed that owning slaves was sinful, and that it would only be ended when God willed it. For Lee, and many others like him, the Civil War was not just about slavery.

Slavery did play a major role in the Civil War, but it was not just about that issue. The battle goes all the way back to the founding of our nation.

The Articles of Confederation was the first governing document created by the new government. The thirteen states formed a loose confederation, that made the federal government quite weak. While the states were recognized as being united, each state was independent.

For example, while the federal government was able to print money, states were permitted to do so as well. Eventually, weaknesses of the Articles became apparent and leaders came together at a Constitutional Convention to create the US Constitution.

Strong advocates of states rights, like Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry, did not attend this meeting. Many Americans felt the Constitution ignored the rights of states, and prevented states from acting independently. They believed that states should retain the right to have the ability to decide whether they would accept certain federal acts. This led to a call for nullification, which would grant states the right to rule federal laws unconstitutional; however, the federal government denied states this right.

Representatives like John C. Calhoun fought strongly for nullification, but failed. This moved states toward secession.

When Abraham Lincoln was elected, many southerners believed that he was biased, and was in favor of Northern interests. They then succeeded from the Union, which triggered the Civil War.

Once again, slavery did play a major role in the Civil War, but not with that flag. That flag represented Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army, who was a soldier who fought for the purpose of states’ rights, not slavery.

Those who are ignorant regarding the issue of states’ rights, say that the confederates were only fighting for states’ rights to enslave fellow humans, when in reality, this battle goes all the way back to the beginning our nation’s founding with the Articles of Confederation, which the Confederacy was named after.

KKK March on D.C. 1925

KKK March on D.C. 1925

Ignorant individuals claim that this flag has been embraced by the Ku Klux Klan, but I must remind everyone that for over 86 years, the American flag flew over a nation where slavery was legal. Not only that, but it was the American flag that was carried by the KKK in the march on Washington D.C. that took place in 1925. Does that mean that we should ban the American flag? No, we should not, because the American flag is not a representative of slavery, just like the actual meaning behind the Confederate Battle Flag is not related to slavery.

Caiden Cowger is the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Cowger Nation. Cowger also serves as the radio host of The Caiden Cowger Program. In 2015, he was named as being the "'Youngest' Syndicated Talk Personality" in the United States.

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  1. Chuck Anziulewicz

    June 25, 2015 11:23 am at 11:23 am

    Close, but no cigar, Caiden. The creator of that emblem knew, himself, that it wasn’t just about southern belles, mint juleps, and singin’ “Dixie” :

    http://micdotcom.tumblr.com/post/122118013533/even-the-designer-of-the-confederate-flag-knew-it

  2. J Russ

    June 25, 2015 2:17 pm at 2:17 pm

    The Confederate Flag is the flag of an enemy of the United States of America and its Constitution. What State Capitol would fly the swastika?

  3. James

    June 26, 2015 4:36 pm at 4:36 pm

    Another Caiden Cowger epic fail on fact checking, particularly in an article that purports to “tell the truth”. I won’t even address the bone headed attitudes contained in the article since he can’t get the basic facts right. “Not related to slavery…” lol

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Will liberals disown LGBT icon Harvey Milk for having sex with 16-year-old boys?

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Liberals are quick to attack Judge Roy More for possibly dating a 19-year-old adult, but will they denounce LGBT icon Harvey Milk, who had sexual relationships with minors at age 33? Milk was a serial statutory rapist.

One of his victims was a 16-year-old boy. Milk managed to convince the boy that he should runaway from his Maryland home and join him in San Fransico. The boy was named Jack Galen McKinley. The legal age of consent in California was 18, and remains unchanged.

In 1982, the official biography of Harvey Milk was published called The Mayor of Castro Street. The book was written by homosexual author Randy Shilts. In the book, Shilts wrote of Milk’s “relationship” with the McKinley boy:

Sixteen-year-old McKinley was looking for some kind of father figure. At 33, Milk was launching a new life, though he could hardly have imagined the unlikely direction toward which his new lover would pull him.

Years later, McKinley committed suicide.

Milk took advantage of a boy who desperately sought a “father figure,” to use as a sex toy. Liberal democrats have managed to release U.S. Milk postage stamps, organize government subsidized Milk celebrations, and even a name a USNS Naval Ship after this rapist.

Who do they characterize Judge Roy Moore as being a sexual deviant for potentially dating a 19-year-old, but proudly exalt and exonerate a serial statutory rapist?

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MUST READ: Widow of ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle issues statement to NFL.

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Taya Kyle, the widow of ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle, released a letter directed to the NFL via Facebook. Her message pertains to the present decision of National Football League players to kneel during the national anthem.

“Dear NFL,

You were doing your part to bring people together and heal the world. That’s really how healing works. We heal by loving each other and leading by example; showing people what is possible when we love each other just as we are and not only recognize our differences but celebrate them and look at how we can use them together to make us jointly better than our separate parts. You were doing your part celebrating each other based on skills, talent and a joint vision without regard to color and religion.

You were doing your part and we were doing ours. We showed up cheering and groaning together to [sic] as one. We talked in the concession lines and commiserated and celebrated our team together. Did it ever occur to you that you and we were already a mix of backgrounds, races and religions? We were already living the dream you want, right in front of you.

Your desire to focus on division and anger has shattered what many people loved most about the sport. Football was really a metaphor for our ideal world –different backgrounds, talents, and histories actually made us one big team with one big goal – to do well, to win, TOGETHER.

You are asking us to abandon what we loved about togetherness and make choices of division. Will we stand with you? Will we stand with our flag? What does it mean? What does it mean if we buy a ticket or NFL gear? What does it mean if we don’t? It is the polar opposite of the easy togetherness we once loved in football.

It was simple – we loved you and you loved us – with all of our races, religions and different backgrounds. Simplicity in a crazy world was pretty awesome.

You dear NFL, have taken that. You have lost me here.

If you ever want to get off your knees and get to work on building bridges, let me know. I have found screaming about the problems in service marriages or even standing in silence in front of them, hasn’t healed even one of them. On the other hand, funding the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, building a team and rolling up my sleeves to get in the trenches during my ‘off time’ -volunteering there outside of my paying jobs – has proven to make real change.

You have a lot of strong guys, I am sure in the off season a lot of them could build some pretty big bridges if they care enough to do the hard work. That would involve getting off their knees and getting to work though. I can do it while I raise two kids as their only parent and work through the greatest pain of my life, let’s see if they can do it for the issues they say they care so much about.

Go Longhorns and Sic ‘Em …

Sincerely,

Taya”

In 2013, Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield were fatally shot. Taya Kyle is now a single mother, raising two children.

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Eleven U.S. states have agreed to drop a lawsuit against an Obama administration order for transgender students to use bathrooms of their choice after the measure was revoked by President Donald Trump, a court filing showed on Thursday.

In a filing in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Justice Department said the states, led by Texas, had agreed to drop the lawsuit, and it was dropping its appeal against a federal judge’s August stay on the Obama directive.

In their suit in May, the states said Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration overstepped its authority by ordering public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms matching their gender identity, rather than their birth gender, or risk losing federal funding.

Obama officials had said that barring students from such bathrooms violated Title IX, the federal law that forbids sex discrimination in education.

But the directive enraged conservatives who say federal civil rights protections cover biological sex, not gender identity. Obama was succeeded by Trump, a Republican, when he left office in January.

Texas was joined in the lawsuit by Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The Arizona Department of Education, Maine Republican Governor Paul LePage and two school districts also were parties to the suit.

A federal judge in August barred adoption of the order during the hearing of the case. The Justice Department appealed the stay, saying it should only apply to the states challenging the order.

Last week, the Trump administration rescinded the order, leaving states and school boards to decide how to accommodate transgender students.

Other lawsuits about the rights of transgender students are being heard in the courts.

The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on March 28 addressing the question of whether the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia can block a female-born transgender student from using the boys’ bathroom.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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