As Alex Jones and Peter Schiff point out, the heated argument over the Confederate flag is a massive red herring.

The Confederate flag flap is based on a completely false premise — the flag is a symbol of racism — but this fact has not stopped the Left from using it as a diversionary tactic.

Thomas DiLorenzo:

The anti-Confederate flag hysteria is only one small part of the Left’s general strategy, however.  It is part of their overriding strategy of diverting the public’s attention away from all the grotesque failures of leftist interventionism, from the welfare state to the government takeover of education to the war on drugs and beyond.  The neocons who run the Republican Party are usually complicit in all of this.

The Left and the cultural Marxists are using the so-called Confederate flag controversy to shut down the First Amendment and deny those who oppose them the ability to resist.

“Free speech should only be enjoyed by the victims of white (heterosexual male) oppression, they say.  Allowing white male oppressors to have free speech simply leads to even more ‘oppression’ of the oppressed (which now includes everyone who is not a white heterosexual male),” writes DiLorenzo.

This tyranny is possible in part because so many Americans are ignorant of history and do not understand the real nature of the so-called Civil War, which in fact was a war waged by the federal government against Southern states threatening to secede. The war was not about slavery. It was about secession and the right of the states as delineated by the Tenth Amendment.

Walter Williams:

The War of 1861 settled the issue of secession through brute force that cost 600,000 American lives. We Americans celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, but H.L. Mencken correctly evaluated the speech: “It is poetry, not logic; beauty, not sense.” Lincoln said the soldiers sacrificed their lives “to the cause of self-determination — that government of the people, by the people, for the people should not perish from the earth.” Mencken says: “It is difficult to imagine anything more untrue. The Union soldiers in the battle actually fought against self-determination; it was the Confederates who fought for the right of people to govern themselves.”

The destruction of the right to secede has resulted in the inability of the states to resist an authoritarian federal government.

“Because states cannot secede, the federal government can run roughshod over the U.S. Constitution’s limitations of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments. States have little or no response,” Williams concludes.

A secessionist and states’ rights revival irks Democrats, the Left and the cultural Marxists to no end. The Confederate flag flap is less about racism than an effort by the Left to dominate the argument and prevent citizens the right to resist federal tyranny.

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