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JAMES KING: Confederate flag symbol of freedom fight

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Civil War was a fight for independence

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

There are numerous reasons to fly the Confederate flag based on the fact that the flag represents the principles this nation was founded upon: Constitutional limited federal government, states rights, Christian values and principles, and resistance to government tyranny.

The Confederate flag is 180 degrees diametrically opposed to secular humanism and Socialism. It serves as a guardian and keystone to remind Americans of the principles this nation was founded upon, which the Confederate soldier was fighting to preserve and protect. It should be flown to remind Americans on a daily basis that America was founded as a Constitutional Federal Republic composed of Sovereign States and a Limited Federal Government. This is extremely important as America experiments with secular humanism (the belief that there is no God and that man, science, and government can solve all problems) and Socialism and moves ever closer toward eventual participation in a one world government.

In this respect, the Confederate flag is the guardian of the U.S. flag and the principles it originally represented at the time of the adoption of the U.S. Betsy Ross flag. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was no more than poetry from the lips of a lawyer and it was a lie. It was the Confederate soldier who was fighting for “government of, for, and by the people.” As former Confederate President Jefferson Davis said years after the war “I am tired of hearing Southerners apologize for fighting for our inheritance.”

It also represents the valor and bravery of our ancestors in the face of overwhelming numbers and resources. And finally it represents Southern pride in our section of America. The War For Southern Independence of 1861-1865 (Civil War) was a noble effort to form a new nation free of Northern tyranny, despotism, and dictatorship. Slavery was already a dying institution prior to the war and most Southerners were in favor of gradual emancipation. On March 2, 1861, the North offered the Southern states the Corwin Amendment to the U.S. Constitution if they would rejoin the Union. This amendment would have made slavery permanently legal in America. Therefore if slavery was all the South wanted, they could have kept it without firing a shot or having a war. The goal was independence.

JAMES KING

Albany