'Enough About Heritage': GOP Descendant of Jefferson Davis Makes Mark in Vote to Take Down Confederate Flag

“To remove the flag from the Statehouse grounds, and think it would change history, would be like removing a tattoo from the corpse of a loved one and thinking that would change a loved one’s obituary,” said Sen. Harvey Peeler (R).

Following the 94-20 House vote, Gov. Haley proclaimed, “It is a new day in South Carolina, a day we can all be proud of, a day that truly brings us all together as we continue to heal, as one people and one state.”

Columbia, S.C., Mayor Steve Benjamin said removing the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds was about more than a banner of cloth.

“It’s about the hope that now, 150 years after the end of the Civil War, we have grown beyond our differences and have begun to grow together,” Benjamin said.

“This is not the end of division, of prejudice or of hate. But it is the beginning of something new and if we can hold on to it and to each other, if we can nurture that hope and help it grow, then we will have something more precious than a history. We will have a future.”


However, while Hillary Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) — the House vote coming on his 60th birthday — and Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) were telling South Carolina officials they had done the right thing, the Stars and Bars were flying again outside the Marion County government complex in Florida.

One week after the Marion County interim county administrator — swept up in the tidal wave of emotion following that bloody night in the Mother Emanuel church — pulled down the Confederate flag, it has reappeared.

The Marion County Board of Commissioners overruled Bill Kauffman’s decision to pull down the Confederate flag, and it was flying again, minutes later.

The Confederate flag is one of five flags outside the county government complex, all of which have flown over Florida during the past five centuries. The others are Spanish, French, British and American flags.

“The fact remains it is part of our common and shared history," Marion County resident John Horrigh told reporters as the flag was again raised. "History is not always pretty, but it remains as our history. It's back where it should be."