*Sigh* It would appear that the Orwellian and politically correct effort to simply erase a significant part of our nation’s history has once again been rekindled, this time with help from Republican leadership in the House of Representatives.
According to Politico, a vote was held Thursday morning on an amendment to an appropriations bill that would prohibit the Confederate flag from being flown over some federal graveyards.
The amendment, offered up by California Democrat Rep. Jared Huffman, passed by a vote of 265-159, and would specifically prevent the historical symbol of the Civil War from being flown over graveyards maintained by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
While most of the rank-and-file GOP reps voted against the measure, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Whip Steve Scalise, and a number of other GOP leaders joined with the Democrats to pass the amendment to a bill funding military construction projects and VA programs.
A similar but failed effort was made with a 2015 Interior appropriations bill following the terrible mass shooting at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, which prompted a widespread censoring and purging of the Confederate flag from multiple aspects of our society.
If it is any consolation, this amendment would only effect cemeteries under the control of the VA, and would not apply to graveyards maintained by Departments of the Army or Interior, nor would it apply to state-run veteran’s cemeteries.
As the rules stand now, the Confederate flag is permitted to be officially flown on Memorial Day and Confederate Memorial Day. It is unclear if the new rule would apply to small flags placed directly on individual graves or headstones.
What is clear is that Congress is not only wasting its time on a non-issue, but also working in direct opposition to the wishes of the majority of the American people, who understand that history may not always be pretty, but is vitally important to remember.
Banning the symbols of that history do nothing to help heal the wounds or help us understand both the good and the bad. In fact, its only possible consequence is to help ensure that we repeat the mistakes of the past that once we might have learned from.
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