Here we go again! Even more evidence of our society’s total lack of common sense. Since the tragic massacre of nine people at a black church in Charleston, there has been a knee-jerk push to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of South Carolina’s capitol building. But what, pray tell, would that accomplish? Here’s a guarantee: You will not see hate crimes drop as a result of the flag being removed. Here's another guarantee: All of those people who are saying the flag should be moved to a museum will soon be demanding that it be removed from the museum. One more guarantee: Those who are offended by the Confederate flag will ultimately try to ban it from every venue, even private homes. Fortunately, our Supreme Court and our First Amendment will stop them in their tracks.
Again, we are getting hung up on meaningless symbolism instead of addressing real issues. We are doing stuff that makes some people feel better, but otherwise serves no purpose. That Confederate flag is just a trivial piece of cloth, an inanimate object. It has no meaning other than what people willingly attach to it. It can’t hurt you unless you are stupid enough to let it. That’s right, you have to volunteer to be hurt by it. So why volunteer? Only small-minded people would do that. Come on, people! Let’s get real here. You know, it wouldn’t bother me at all if I were constantly surrounded by Nazi flags or even satanic symbols. You know why? Because I’m mature enough to understand the fact that things have no power over me. I’m not weak-minded enough to take them seriously.
Why all of a sudden has the Confederate flag become so offensive that it must be removed from public view with such expediency when that was not the case several weeks ago? Were the people of Charleston and elsewhere less offended by it before this latest tragedy? But one might argue that the Confederate flag and other symbols of racism “inspire” people to commit hateful acts like Dylann Roof did, so they should be removed from the public square for that reason. Well, for one thing, if someone is going to commit evil, they are going to do it anyway. Evil is internal, not external. When are we going to learn? No matter what the perpetrator might say, they alone are at fault. They can’t blame their crimes on someone or something else. We as a society need to stop allowing people to get away with this. Let’s start taking personal responsibility seriously.
And for another thing, if we are going to get rid of everything that “causes” someone to commit a crime, we won’t be able to stop at the Confederate flag. No siree. We’ll have to censor all violence from movies, TV shows, video games. You know how many people in prison right now blame their crimes on such stuff? Then we’ll have to have to put an end to all news broadcasts. That’s right, Roof indicated that the news about the Trayvon Martin case is one thing that triggered his decision to murder nine black people. Who knows what other news stories might set someone else off. Can’t take that chance, can we?
While we are it, we might as well ban employers from firing anyone. I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the number of people who have “gone postal” in the workplace after getting a termination notice. It’s just not safe to fire people anymore. Also, we might ought to consider outlawing all religion. Think of the all crimes that have been committed over the centuries in the name of religion. If we really want to eliminate everything that violent criminals often attribute their actions to, religion would have to go. But do we really want to start down that road? Obviously, there would be no end to such foolishness, once we got started.