SC Gov. Nikki Haley Calls For Debate On Confederate Flag Removal

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, although expected to call for the immediate removal of the confederate flag from the South Carolina State House, called instead for the legislature of the state to debate taking the flag down. However, she stated that if they do not schedule this debate, that she will use her authority to have it removed without it.

The Governor said that although the flag was part of their past, it was not part of their future, and repeatedly mentioned that South Carolina had been voted the “friendliest” and “most patriotic” state.

Haley had previously stated that she was fine with the flag being there, as she had not heard of any CEOs not wanting to do business in South Carolina because of it.

During her speech regarding the flag’s removal — although she called for it –it was clear that she was mincing words and trying to make sure that South Carolinians who love the flag and don’t think of it as a racist symbol didn’t feel as though anyone thought they were racist.

However, let it be known that there was no question in the minds of those who orchestrated the secession that the Civil War was, in fact, entirely about getting to keep black people as slaves, due to a belief that they were inherently not equal to white people.

For example, here is an excerpt from Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens’ “Corner Stone” speech making things pretty clear:

Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth ‘that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.

One of the most striking characteristics of insanity, in many instances, is forming correct conclusions from fancied or erroneous premises; so with the anti-slavery fanatics. Their conclusions are right if their premises were. They assume that the negro is equal, and hence conclude that he is entitled to equal privileges and rights with the white man. If their premises were correct, their conclusions would be logical and just but their premise being wrong, their whole argument fails.

And this little gem here is from South Carolina’s Declaration of Secession:

We affirm that these ends for which this Government was instituted have been defeated, and the Government itself has been made destructive of them by the action of the non-slaveholding States. Those States have assume the right of deciding upon the propriety of our domestic institutions; and have denied the rights of property established in fifteen of the States and recognized by the Constitution; they have denounced as sinful the institution of slavery; they have permitted open establishment among them of societies, whose avowed object is to disturb the peace and to eloign the property of the citizens of other States. They have encouraged and assisted thousands of our slaves to leave their homes; and those who remain, have been incited by emissaries, books and pictures to servile insurrection.

The Civil War was not fought for any “state’s rights” other than the right to own slaves. That was it. In fact, the Confederacy limited state’s rights more than the US constitution did in regards to things like voting rights and tariffs. So there.

Hopefully, whatever happens, however this is done, the flag will be removed from state grounds. It would also be nice if other states (ahem, Mississippi) could follow suit as well, as they slowly begin to understand that people find it insulting when the history you “celebrate” the most is the part of it where you got to own people like them as slaves, and fought a war in order to be able to continue to do so.