Friday, June 26, 2015

Bruce Fein Writes Bizarre Anti-Flag Rant

This has got to be one of the most bizarre things I have seen regarding the flag flap yet. It is an op-ed in the Washington Times, by Bruce Fein, that suggests that Congress should ban the flying of the Confederate Battle Flag (and other Confederate Flags I presume) on state grounds. It is mostly an explanation of the legal grounds on which this could be done. I don’t dispute the legal analysis, because the legal analysis is the least of the issues.

This is a very disappointing and surprising coming from Bruce Fein, who is closely associated with Ron Paul and has been at the forefront of the fight against the Patriot Act and making the case that fast track and the TPP are unconstitutional.


  1. I have decided to have our flag inked on my rear end so that in the future - during the trials of our enemies (Nuremberg trails?? looking for a good name for the trials - suggestions? ) they will be forced to kiss my ass and our flag at the same time.
    Red in OleVirginny

  2. That's a good one, Red!

  3. Fein's points are centered around those comments made by Alexander Stephens and others who had a pecuniary interest in the "peculiar institution." He cites the Confederate Constitution which is not all that different from the United States Constitution--- and actually has some improvements over the original--- but he leaves out the critical point that both banned the importation of slaves. If slavery was something that Stephens and others were so intent upon preserving ad infinitum, then why leave the door shut to importation? In today's world it is quite common to find people who believe that slavery was the sole reason for the Union invasion of the Southern states. What these folks fail to grasp is that those who owned slaves were concerned that if the institution was ended without some protections for themselves and their charges, that it would result in economic hardship and societal turbulence for decades to come. William Wilberforce campaigned for a peaceful solution to the issue of slavery within the British Empire with no harm done either physically or financially to its subjects. Sadly, no such campaign was waged here other than a military one--- that devastated the whole of the South--- the results of which we are suffering under to this day. Nevertheless--- and this has been said many times--- the Lincoln Administration was not interested in slavery as war aim at the onset as they were primarily concerned with maintaining the Union. The actual fighting centered around the matter of secession as a right of states and not really anything else.