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Matt Vespa


October 14, 2013 - 7:40 am

Yesterday, I covered the Millions Vet march, which was a great rally urging this administration to re-open the Veterans memorials.  Did I see any confederates? No.  Yet, there was ONE person that waved a Confederate flag, which has the liberal media foaming at the mouth.

Is this the best thing to do at a Veterans rally? No.  Does it create bad optics? Possibly.  No, it does, but what about the media turning a blind eye to the serial rapes occurring in Occupy Wall Street camps across the country?  That’s worse than one person waving a flag.  Nevertheless, the hit pieces rolled out.

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Dana Loesch posted on RedState that:

CNN published an article this morning purposefully painting the Million Veterans’s March as a “group of conservatives” who are basically birthers and racists and hate Obama. They completely ignored that this was a march organized by veterans for veterans to reclaim their right to visit open air memorials that they mostly funded themselves. No where in this article does CNN even identify the name of the march:

Angered by the closure of national landmarks due to the partial government shutdown, a crowd of conservatives removed barricades Sunday at the World War II Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial as they rallied against President Barack Obama and Democrats for their role in the ongoing stalemate.

Wait, it gets worse.

[From CNN] The rally, billed as the “Million Vet March on the Memorials,” drew far fewer than a million people and evolved into a protest that resembled familiar tea party events from 2009, with yellow “Don’t Tread On Me” flags throughout the crowd and strong anti-Obama language from the podium and the audience.

As Loesch noted, “when Harry Reid called conservatives anarchists last week and other Democrats name-called conservatives as Nazis and murderers in their tantrum over spending.”

Of course, Salon was all over this, but will the media smear veterans as racist in order to save Obama? After all, the press can’t do any of that investigative stuff due to the administration’s crusade against leakers and the journalists that report on it.

Leonard Downie Jr., a former executive editor of The Washington Post, wrote the 30-page analysis entitled “The Obama Administration and the Press.” The report notes President Barack Obama came into office pledging an open, transparent government after criticizing the Bush administration’s secrecy, “but he has fallen short of his promise.”

“In the Obama administration’s Washington, government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press,” wrote Downie, now a journalism professor at Arizona State University. “The administration’s war on leaks and other efforts to control information are the most aggressive I’ve seen since the Nixon administration, when I was one of the editors involved in The Washington Post’s investigation of Watergate.”

Nevertheless, the media is still in love with the president.

In all, this unfortunate incident may have caused a slight bump in the road concerning the optics of this rally.  Yet, was this person a left-wing plant?  Last July, Renee Vaughan decided it was cool to pull this ridiculous prank at a pro-George Zimmerman rally during the Trayvon Martin fiasco.  So, it’s not out of the question.

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We should expect more media drivel over this minor Confederate flag incident.  At the same time, the differences between this rally and that of Occupy’s is something we should exploit.  I recently posted about DC riot police trying to disrupt the protest outside the White House.  In this video, at around 3:37, you can hear protestors advising their fellow patriots to “keep it [the rally] peaceful now…to remain calm.”  Also, you can hear one protestor telling the rest that “they [ the police] have families to go home too.”  Now, that’s anti-Occupy Wall Street.  That’s being peaceful, respectful, and empathetic.  Granted, you can hear a few people calling this move by the police an act of tyranny, but in the end – the police withdrew.

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If the media, is going to focus on a few extremists saying crazy things at a rally; then they haven’t been to many political rallies.  You’re always going to attract those sorts of people – and they have a constitutional right to exercise free speech.  Yet, the vast majority of the protestors were there to support the veterans – and shame on the media if they choose to omit that point.

At the same time, there’s a LONG list of felonious activity the media should be ashamed of concerning their coverage of Occupy.

Matt Vespa is a web editor at and occasional writer for Hot Air, RedState, and Townhall Magazine.

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Yes, the battle flag of the CSA should be flown and proudly in the face of those who seek to circumvent the Constitution. Our president is seeking to turn our country away from Constitutional government and into a socialist state, much as Lincoln did. In the light of the present state of circumstances we find our country in, perhaps the Confederates were right in fighting for state's rights and self determination. Slavery was a dying institution anyway and was used as a flash issue to justify invasion of the South. The real issue was the powerful North giving up their cash cow of Southern prosperity. The one issue of slavery has been brought to equate with the battle flag by those who do not want to honestly explore the real issue, Taxation without Representation!
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One of the things that always amuses me about the claim that the North fought the Civil War to end slavery is that the "peculiar institution" continued to exist in northern states throughout the duration of that war.

Southern areas that came under Union control early in the war likewise continued the practice without interference.

While Confederate General Lee, who according to the narrative was fighting under the Battle Flag to defend slavery, was voluntarily freeing his slaves - Union General Grant, who supposedly was fighting under the US flag to end slavery, continued to own slaves!

The actual amendment to eliminate slavery was not even passed until well AFTER that four-year long conflict had ended. The government of the US could have passed that amendment at any time they wanted - yet they waited until it was over before they did so.

Only then was Grant forced to release his slaves - and when asked why he had not done it sooner he replied "Good help is so hard to find."

The claim to be fighting to end slavery puts a nice polish on the turd that is Lincoln's legacy, but it's still a turd.

Eliminating slavery was a favored cause in Europe, and especially England, during this time frame and by pushing that as an issue (however duplicitously) his administration managed to neutralize broader European support for recognizing the Confederate States of America as a new nation.

Had the Confederacy been recognized as a legitimate nation by other nations, all kinds of possibilities would have opened up and then I doubt the US would have been victorious in that war and history would have taken a massively different path than it did.
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Yes, there was one guy with a Confederate flag there. Yet socialist and even the Hammer and Sickle communist flags proudly fly all over any given leftist/Democrat/union/illegal alien rally and the "unbiased", "objective" "news" media never seem to notice, do they?
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Descendant of post-bellum immigrants here with family all over the USA, including "The South".

Sir, WADR, you have not answered my objections below. It does not matter how many US servicemen came from "Dixie". Exactly 0% come from the CSA. And if you honestly study your history you will see that it was the CSA that fired first, setting off the Civil War. It was the CSA that attempted to "internationalize" the war by lobbying foreign governments to intervene on their behalf when the Union armies finally got their stuff together. And it was the defeated remnant of the CSA that continued to float the fiction of ante-bellum greatness destroyed by the "yankee invaders". Say what you will about the cultural significance of that insignia, to this American it is a symbol of exactly the sort of "convulsions from within" that the signatories of our Declaration of Independence warned us against and it should be viewed with suspicion.
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Ah, the butt-hurt is strong in this one....

Actually, I more than answered your objections.

You wrongfully equate the Battle Flag with the flags of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan - and I pointed out numerous examples of the very soldiers who were fighting the Axis powers of WWII who held positive views, similar to my own, of that very same Battle Flag.

Not only that, but I noted also US military personnel who flew that flag while fighting against the communist aggressors in Korea and Vietnam.

In short, I exposed your abject ignorance on the matter.
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As a good ol' Southern boy, I find it rather delightful that the Battle Flag was flying in this context.

It's a flag of rebellion, of opposition - and rebellion against Obama and his machinations and his drive to turn this into a socialist country with top down management of every facet of life is exactly what is going on here.

It's only "bad optics" if one chooses to accept negative meanings regarding racism as being attached to it.

Those are meanings the original Battle Flag never stood for, and I reject that association no matter how hard some try to make that association.

I'd much rather it be flown in this context than by some dumba$$ racist in white bedsheets and a dunce cap - that tends to gripe my a$$ whenever I see it.

So, any opportunity to reassert that flag for the majority, use it in a relevant manner that makes a positive statement, and take it back from the idjits - I'm all for it.
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That Confederate battle insignia, in the eyes of any US veteran, should be seen in the same light as a Swastika, Hammer and Sickle or Rising Sun. They are the symbols of our country's enemies; ones that we defeated after long, bloody campaigns in which scores of our fellow citizens paid the ultimate price. That the bearer of this flag left the rally with his limbs intact is testimony to the discipline of our vets as, from where I sit, they should have torn him apart and fed him to the dogs!
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I guess you don't realize that at least 40% of military enlisted personnel come from Dixie.

We tend to take a somewhat different view of that Battle Flag.

For that matter, the USS Columbia flew the Confederate Battle Flag throughout WWII.

The Confederate Battle Flag was also raised by Company A of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines ("Rebel Company"), over Shuri Castle after the Battle of Okinawa.

Marine Capt. Julian Dusenbury carried one in 1945.

In Korea, it flew over the front lines of 7th Marines, 3rd Battalion, E Company in defense of South Korea against North Korean Communist aggression.

There were so many Confederate Battle Flags flying at one point by various US military units and personnel, during the Korean War, that it became controversial. It was like it was competitive with the US flag for display!

The Confederate Battle Flag was flown by numerous US military units during Vietnam.

The Confederate Battle Flag even figured in some US military insignia - such as the original Ranger flash.

There are photos of the Battle Flag flying proudly when the Berlin Wall fell.

There are photos of the Battle Flag even being used in Russia of all places - as St. Andrew is the patron saint of Russia.

The Battle Flag the same as a Swastika, Hammer & Sickle, or Rising Sun? Puh-lease....

Crack a frickin history book why don't ya!?!
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Thanks for history. Being a southern man myself I did not know it was flown by so many military units. I agree, it means rebellion, not racism.
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Agreed. I feel like I'm on a soapbox but the concept is important. To not push back is to accept the falsehoods being attributed.

To quote a small portion of a speech that could apply as equally to that Battle Flag as to the man who gave it:

"We have but one flag, one country; let us stand together. We may differ in color, but not in sentiment Many things have been said about me which are wrong, and which white and black persons here, who stood by me through the war, can contradict. Go to work, be industrious, live honestly and act truly, and when you are oppressed I'll come to your relief."

General Nathan Bedford Forrest (CSA)
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