posted on Jun, 22 2015 @ 11:45 AM
I propose another question: does ANY flag represent love?
Flags are symbols that people use to portray a message about themselves. That message is determined by the flyer of the flag, not by the person who
Letters are symbols also. If I write the word "green," I am trying to convey the meaning of the word "green," which to my mind might be a vorgin
forest, a clear grassy meadow, or something along those terms. If an economist happens to read that word, without any context, that accountant will
likely think of money. If an ecologist reads it, they will likely think of solar energy.
In both cases, the meaning others gave to the word does not change my intention in using it.
Children have a lot of fun with this concept. I remember the first time I read in the Bible that "the cock crowed three times." OMG! "Cock" is in the
Bible! LOLOL! The choldish enthusiasm and curiosity in me took those letters as having a set meaning and ignored all other connotations. Somewhere in
the back of my mind, I knew it meant what we would call a "rooster," but that didn't fit with what it needed to mean to make the situation what I
I outgrew that, ,of course. Children still do it in their youth, and I tend to give a light smile when i hear it. It's not really funny anymore, just
Flags are symbols as well. The Stars and Bars, "Old Glory," flaps proudly in the breeze above every Federal building. why? Because it is a symbol of
the United States. As such, it can have both good and bad connotations. I believe those poor Indians, some of which were likely my ancestors, who
walked the Trail of Tears would have a much different view of the American flag than those who proudly serve in the military. Oppressed countries
around the world view the flags of their oppressors as symbols of hate, while the citizens of those countries view them as symbols of pride and
So which one is appropriate for the Confederate Battlejack?
Well, let's examine history. The Battlejack started when South Carolina made the decision to seceed from the union. They took down the Stara and Bars
and raised the CSA Flag. They also demanded that, since they were no longer a part of the United States, federal law no longer applied on thier
sovereign soil. The Federal forces stationed in South Carolina disagreed, and fighting broke out. Within days, all the Southern states seceeded. The
United States immediately declared war and the Confederacy lowered the CSA flag and raised the Battlejack... their flag of wartime.
The secession was over a law that taxed all property at a single rate. That meant 10 acres in New England, heavily industrialied, paid one tenth the
tax of 100 acres in Georgia, although the 10 acres made many times the income and was worth many times more. It was an unjust law designed to target
the Southern states to take revenue for the Northern states, and multiple attempts to fight this law in Congress were struck down by political
There were other issues: in the 1700s, slave traders from Europe began selling their wares in the United States, primarily in New England. Soon they
learned that the Southern states could be another income source, so they started selling slaves in the South as well. Just as in New England, few
people could really afford to be slave-owners; only the wealthy had slaves, just like only the wealthy have servants today. There were abuses on both
sides opf the Mason-Dixon line, but none more heinous than those of the slave-traders themselves. As people began to realize that these dark-skinned
strangers were not mere animals, a cultural divide began to open between those who wanted to recognize the humanity they saw and those that did not.
Usually, those who did not see the humanity were the wealthiest, with the most to lose should slavery be outlawed: those who needed the free labor.
The spark was the Industrial Revolution. In New England, industry was becoming king. Machinery was replacing the need for slaves, and the movement to
free the slaves began to move forward in earnest. But in the South, plantation owners had no such machinery to replace the slaves, and resisted the
movement. Notice I said the plantation owners... the top 10% of the population only. The vast majority of Southerners were poor, from tiny farms that
couldn't afford slaves, to craftsmen who didn't need them, to sharecroppers who were little more than slaves themselves.
Once the war started, the South, frankly, began kicking butt. In our mainds, we were fighting for our freedom. The quick operation to put down these
rebels turned into a long, drawn-out process that Lincoln was not politically prepared for. The people were tired of fighting. So to energize the
nation, Lincoln began pointing out the slavery issue. Indeed, the Gettysburg Address, which freed the Southern slaves, was a briliant ploy to
shift the focus of the war from some distant sense of "they shouldn't seceed" to a more immediate and personal sense of "they're enslaving those poor
Lincoln also agreed to an attack plan by General Grant: send in Sherman and cut the "snake" in half. Sherman did. He slaughtered thousands upon
thousands of children, from infants to teens, some in front of their mothers, women, old men, anyone they found. Some died at the point of a sword,
others by the hooves of horses, some intentionally trapped inside burning buildings. Per Lincoln's order, blacks were not to be harmed, but Sherman
also wasn't under any duty to help. He stranded thousands of blacks (some freed, some already free) with no way to support themselves. He burned
entire crops, hundreds of acres, destroyed food stores, burned bridges, and left nothing but utter destruction in his wake.
Those are the actions not of a soldier, but of a war crminal.
The operation had the intended effect. Supplies for Conferderate troops dried up and Lee was forced to surrender. It is interesting to note that
battles continued in the South for a while after that surrender, as lower commanders refused to accept "Yankee invasion."
That's what happened. History books be damned. It is written in letters and reports of that time, ignored by anyone with literary power today, but
still extant. Some of those letters are safely stored in my possession, written by my ancestors.
The returning sldiers and the surviving population were not so quick to lie down as some would have wanted. That Battlejack still flew high and proud
above what was left of a once-thriving culture. It came to mean that even though the people had been defeated in battle, their spirit had not been
conquered. It meant survival against all odds, against any enemy, and a refusal to bow down. It symbolized a spirit that could not be conquered.
And that is a dangerous thing. It was especially dangerous for the carpetbaggers who saw a chance to profit. Those are heroic sentiments that could
have stirred up empathy towards the South. So they changed the meaning in the hearts and minds of the North. The flag began to be seen as a last cry
of "you took my slaves."
The same people, the carpetbaggers, coined the word "redneck," with the connotation of dumb, backward, incestuous evil-doers (in this area) . The
N-word was coined about the same time, an aberration of the word "Negro" with, yes, a connotation of hate. There was none other to attack.