The Confederate Flag Represents Treason
One major problem is that many arguments opposing the Confederate flag as offensive are weak, if valiant. We’re offended by a lot of things we see all the time—that doesn’t mean we file a lawsuit.
Instead, we need to refresh ourselves on the history of that flag and expose it is a symbol of treason as defined by the U.S. Constitution (which armed Confederate troops, citizens and officials violated more than 150 years ago). Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution states, “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”
Does classifying the rebel flag as treasonous then mean that we should convict private organizations and citizens for promoting their proud Southern heritage through front-yard Confederate flags and bumper stickers? Probably not. But just as none of us would want enemies of the state like ISIS, also known as the Islamic State group, pimping vanity plates for their cause, we should also be drawing a hard line against state-approved or -funded symbols of a hateful cause that nearly destroyed a nation and enslaved every black citizen within it.
In the meantime, a revived national history lesson on that cause would be nice.