I have to admit; These are wonderful headlines:
I would like to report that sanity is returning to the Democratic Party but alas it is the Other Sanders: Senator Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s independent socialist. But I would not laugh at Sanders: He’s the real deal and that authenticity and integrity is a refreshing thing in most elections. He could win. (I am quick to say I thoroughly disagree with him!)
The Democrat that SHOULD win but almost certainly won’t is former Virginia Senator Jim Webb. The chattering class is mad at Webb for supporting the Confederate Flag. Here’s the FB post in its entirety:
This is an emotional time and we all need to think through these issues with a care that recognizes the need for change but also respects the complicated history of the Civil War. The Confederate Battle Flag has wrongly been used for racist and other purposes in recent decades. It should not be used in any way as a political symbol that divides us.
But we should also remember that honorable Americans fought on both sides in the Civil War, including slave holders in the Union Army from states such as Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland and Delaware, and that many non-slave holders fought for the South. It was in recognition of the character of soldiers on both sides that the federal government authorized the construction of the Confederate Memorial 100 years ago, on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.
This is a time for us to come together, and to recognize once more that our complex multicultural society is founded on the principle of mutual respect.
That seems quite reasonable to me. Webb is not endorsing the flag (I would never fly it out of respect to my African-American brethern and sistern but I would defend the right to fly the flag) but is saying there are deeper issues involved in the discussion of the Civil War.
It would be neat to see Webb win the nomination just for MSNBC to choke on the idea: The Dems just nominated a guy who WORKED for Ronald Reagan and said Ronulus Magnus was his hero when he ran in the primary for Senate.
Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders