I am so disappointed in our Bee County Commissioners Court. They have disgraced the Confederate flag under which Texas fought for its freedom from the centralized government that Lincoln sacrificed the South to acquire. I fly my Confederate flag proudly for what it represents. The pledge to this honorable flag reads, “I salute the Confederate Flag with affection, reverence and undying devotion to the cause for which it stands. The cause: resistance to nationalist tyranny and the preservation of states’ rights and individual freedom.”
The South fought to preserve individual freedoms, sovereign states and a small, central government. The Commissioners Court seems to be rewriting history. We should all be mindful that our proud state was a nation under six flags. Shall we remove one of these flags in ignorance of our state’s history and that of the Confederate States of America? The South fought the Battle of the Aggression of the North. Lincoln sent the Union Army with his favorite generals — Grant, Sherman and Sheridan — to destroy the South totally, including a war on its civilians. It was a shameful war. The states had the right constitutionally to secede if the central government became oppressive. They were not trying to take over the government of the North; it was not a civil war; it was a war to preserve our freedoms.
P.S. Slavery had nothing to do with the war; Lincoln hated abolitionists and dismissed their prattle until he saw a way to use them to incite a war. Suggested reading (keeping in mind that the North wrote the history we read in our textbooks because they won): The Real Lincoln, Thomas J. DiLorenzo; Everything You Were Taught About the Civil War Is Wrong—Ask a Southerner, Lochlainn Seabrook; The South was Right, James Ronald Kennedy and Walter Donald Kennedy; and Killing Lincoln, Bill O’Reilly.
I am a concerned citizen of a misled county. A flag is freedom of speech.
Jane Turner Wicker