In a move that makes the Nanny State of California, which already looks absolutely ridiculous to anyone outside the state (and to many inside as well), look completely absurd; their Legislature has passed a new law to ban the state from selling the “Confederate Flag”.
Section 53.5 is added to the Civil Code, to read:
(a) A person The State of California may not sell a Confederate flag or display the Battle Flag of the Confederacy, also referred to as the Stars and Bars, or any similar image, or tangible personal property inscribed with the such an image of a Confederate flag on property owned or operated by the state unless the image appears in a book that serves an educational or historical purpose.
As you can see, at first, they wanted to ban the sale of it outright. Then someone got a clue and remembered there is this annoying thing called “The First Amendment” – and so they banned themselves from selling it. (In related news, the California economy immediately collapsed when they ceased selling the ultra-highly demanded flag.)
The reason for the law? Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Compton, introduced the bill after his mother saw replica Confederate money being sold at the state Capitol gift shop. He called it a symbol of racism meant to intimidate:
“Its symbolism in history is directly linked to the enslavement, torture and murder of millions of Americans,” Hall said. “The state of California should not be in the business of promoting hate toward others.”
Assemblyman Donald Wagner, R-Irvine, sought to assure his colleagues that they weren’t thwarting the First Amendment:
“We aren’t stifling free speech here,” said Wagner “Here is a symbol that’s so vile, that carries such connotations, that we in the state do not want to be associated with it.”
Before we discuss the education (or lack thereof) of these California “leaders”, let’s take a look at their statements:
“Its symbolism in history is directly linked to the enslavement, torture and murder of millions of Americans.”
“Here is a symbol that’s so vile, that carries such connotations, that we in the state do not want to be associated with it.”
To be accurate, slaves were NOT Americans. That would indicate citizenship, something slaves did not have. Regardless, there is one simple question that these statements beg:
No! It was this flag (or a variant of it):
The American Flag: Directly linked to slavery, is so vile we do not want to be associated with it.
But, clearly what they are trying to say is that the Civil War was over slavery and that The Confederates were fighting to keep slavery. When the North beat them, they were forced to not have slaves – that’s what they teach in school!
Well, yes, that’s what they teach in school. However, the Civil War was fought to keep the Confederates from seceding. They were fighting for state’s rights, the Union (US/Lincoln) was fighting to not let them secede. Yes, it began as an issue over slavery but that is what it came down to. But, never mind the revisionist history debates – let’s look at the next set of facts.
If you refer to the legislation above, they have forbidden the sale of “the Battle Flag of the Confederacy, also known as the Stars and Bars”. It is clear that the original wording was amended to this. Somebody with a little bit of education realized that banning “the Confederate Flag” was incorrect. The thing is, they are still incorrect.
In their absolute ignorance of history (which they claim to know pretty well in their statements) – they banned this:
They also banned this:
All of which leaves this:
So, this leaves us with knee-jerk, politically correct, uneducated, non-sense legislation based on myths tying the Rebel Flag to slavery. Except, slavery was sanctioned and operated under the US Flag and while slavery was the original motivator – the South’s secession from the Union and fighting the Civil War was over State’s Rights, which we still do not have today. But, unfortunately, the Race Card is alive and well!
Leave it to California to try to ban something and then utterly fail to do it at all!