After the shooting at an historic black church in 2015, there was an unprecedented push nationwide to get rid of any symbols that used any part of the Confederate flag. Memorably, then-South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley won bipartisan praise for removing the flag from the Capitol grounds. Stores like Amazon and Wal-Mart stopped selling Confederate merchandise. All of this, apparently, because the shooter was photographed with the flag in one online picture. We were expected to believe, then, that the flag and the killer’s ruthless hatred were part of the same racist structure.
Thank goodness he wasn’t photographed with a donkey, or who knows what the Democrats might have had to do.
The Confederate hysteria died down after a while, but it’s being resurrected in several Southern/Midwestern cities these days. In New Orleans, after a lot of push-pull with the city council, construction workers began removing the long-standing statues to Confederate heroes like P.G.T. Beauregard and Robert E. Lee. And in St. Louis, Mayor Lyda Krewson is calling for the city to remove a Confederate Memorial that has stood in the downtown area since 1914.
Notice that all of these cities have something in common – they have been dominated by Democratic politicians for decades. And they have something else in common – deep, terrible problems with drugs and violence. And yet, they apparently feel they have enough time and money on their hands to focus on statues and flags instead of the crime that is making their inner cities uninhabitable.
What will the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue do for the struggling mom of three who wants to keep her kids from falling into the gang lifestyle? What will it do for the out-of-work man who wants something more out of life than a welfare check? What will it do, for that matter, to stop the next psycho racist who wants to shoot a bunch of people at a local church? Nothing, that’s what.
Liberals love to dream up these kinds of problems because they’re really easy to solve. They don’t require a lot of thought, and they are a surefire way to get some favorable headlines from the mainstream media. And since these politicians don’t have to worry about what suburban Republicans think about them, they are free to follow whatever cultural trends will gain favor with downtown activist groups.