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POLITICS: Bill Would Allow S.C. Confederate Group to Collect Cash From License Plate Sales

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posted on Jan, 20 2005 @ 01:54 PM
The Transportation Committee in the South Carolina legislature has approved a bill that would allow money raised from special Sons of Confederate Veterans license plates to be given to the group. The plates which cost an extra $30 dollars a year have been issued for years now. Previously other groups, like the Rotary Club, have been able to keep the left over money.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Senate on Thursday sent a bill back to the Transportation Committee that would have allowed the state to give some money to the Sons of Confederate Veterans for special license tags.

The Transportation Committee passed the bill Wednesday without discussion.

While the SCV license tags have been on the road for years, profits from them now go into the state's budget.

"All we want to do is be treated like other people who have a special tag," said Don Gordon, chairman of the state SCV's Heritage Defense Committee.

Other groups with special tags, like colleges and Rotarians, get to keep money from their plates.

The tags cost $30 more than regular license plates. After covering administrative and production expenses, the remaining money would go to Gordon's group. Gordon did not know how much the tag sales would raise. "It is a minimal, minimal amount of money," he said.

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Well, if people buy them and other groups are getting the money, and they are a recognized group, then they should be treated as everybody else. Recently the Supreme Court overturned a law preventing the KKK from picking up trash on a side of a road, so there is also precedence here. Despite the spirited defense of the flag here on ATS, the perception of it outside of the South is dramatically different that from within, and will continue to spark controversy.

posted on Jan, 20 2005 @ 03:27 PM
The automatic response to anything "Confederate" or southern America is automatically prejudged as "racist".

For those who studied any history beyond the poor standards of public schools, they would understand that the Confederacy was formed fundamentally to set the Constitution the way it was written, with individual State's rights as primary and the Federal as only the few controls (provide for the common defense, regulate interstate commerce, yada yada). They'd also learn of the Northern banks making it extra difficult or expensive for Southern farmers to get loans to buy the new "modern" equipment that would have allowed them to phase out slavery even sooner. Fiscal warfare, which reached a head in the Civil War. It took concerted effort in the media to spin the whole conflict into a "salvery" issue so as to encourage rebellions in the South to weaken what industry and economy they had, as well as to win support for the Federalists overseas.

Shame on those of you who decry "prejudice" and "racism" but exercise it regularly on issues such as this. Before screaming at conservatives, Republicans, and Maericans in general to change their ways, perhaps you should start with your own attitudes and minds.

posted on Jan, 20 2005 @ 03:35 PM
sorry about that. Must be my poor Southern redneck roots showing.

posted on Jan, 20 2005 @ 08:01 PM
Wail Hail!

Ahm jus' gonna haftuh moov back'n to mah plais o' buth an' git me one!

Yee-Haw! Hot diggity- damn!

All jokes aside! About damn time!

BTW, the way people view the Confederacy and it's banner that is not from the south is probably analogous to the way the world views the flag of the United States.

What I'm trying to say is that neither view is correct!

That's my opinion and I'll die with it!

[edit on 20/1/05 by Intelearthling]

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