The Confederate flag means different things to different people. To some, it represents Southern heritage, independence and defiance of the federal government's never ending quest to destroy state's rights.
To others, it represents a civil war where those represented by the flag fought for the continuance of slavery in this country. Some who believe in the former meaning of the flag dismiss its representing slavery. I believe to them it does not represent slavery but while there may have been other causes for the Civil war it cannot be denied that slavery would not have been abolished soon after the war if the South had won.
I am not from the South so the Confederate flag has no meaning for me and thus, I have no reason to fly it. Even if I was from the South I would like to think I would not fly it because it does represent a dark time in our country's history and because the Confederate flag has been used by many in the past to symbolize their hatred of blacks.
I want our country to be united and I see the flag as being divisive. I frequently rail against the divisive actions of Obama and the "Unholy" Left so I would be hypocritical I did not also come out against flying the Confederate flag.
However, I will not disparage our American men who fought for the Confederacy. They are Americans and this was recognized as soon as the war ending. Grant and Lincoln both believed in treating the South with dignity and respect to heal our country. I follow their lead.
I will not fly the flag and I will honor all American veterans including those who fought for the Confederacy. We, as Americans, must challenge and question the wars our government wages, but we should always honor the men and women who fight them because as soldiers they must fight the wars their government command them to fight.
As Memorial Day approaches, a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered, let's set aside the need to further political agendas that divide. Let's mourn all those who died in service to this country.
Our country is as divided today as it was just after the Civil war. I believe Lincoln is one of our greatest Presidents and I will honor his legacy by working to unite our country.