GOP Dumping Confederate Flag Is All Politics (And That’s OK)
While It’s great to see the GOP trip over themselves to remove the Confederate flag from buildings, license plates and even their own history, it is also important to note that this is merely a political calculation by them and is not being done out of any sense of real understanding or compassion.
Not that this is anything new. The Confederate Flag has always been used as a political tool by the right. For the past generation, the “Southern Strategy” has been in full effect for Republicans. Southern heritage and the region’s enduring affection for the Confederacy were used with great success to shift power from Democrats to Republicans.
Suddenly, embrace of the Confederate Flag is no longer politically viable. It’s become clear what it really stands for and why it has been used for all these years. Reince Priebus, Nikki Haley and the rest of the GOP sense this and are attempting to move out of the way of this speeding freight train as fast as they can. Not out of compassion, but because of political expediency.
This illustrates why Progressives must keep fighting the good fight. Those of us who have been criticizing the flag for years are winning. Our hard work has created the political environment that has finally caused the Republicans to surrender on this issue.
So, celebrate the victory, acknowledge how long it took to finally win and keep your eye on the ball. Progressives are on the right side of history. Even if we never convince the most hard core right wingers, we will create the political pressure needed to drag them kicking and screaming into eventually doing the right thing.Click here for reuse options!
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