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The Irony Of Symbols

 


Irony is difficult for many. Take the display of the Stars and Stripes next to the Stars and Bars. The first is a symbol of “We the people…” and a “more perfect union.” The armies marching under the Stars and Bars would have split that union asunder.

People who revere the Stars and Bars often quote the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution to justify the perceived right to discriminate. However, in 2015 and given the mobility of Americans, rights granted in one state should be recognized in all states. Articles and amendments to our Constitution give the federal government the responsibility to ensure that this is so.

We have gone so far in taking the Tenth Amendment out of context that our state legislature actually considered a resolution saying the First Amendment protections against establishing an official religion didn’t apply to North Carolina because of the Tenth Amendment! Our own representative, USAF Reserve Colonel Chris Whitmire, was a cosponsor. That such a resolution was seriously considered is indicative of the extent to which state’s rights advocates will go to further a separatist agenda.

Taken to an extreme, the Stars and Bars symbolizes the proclaimed right to live lawlessly in a nation governed by laws. To profess hate and harbor prejudice. To not pay taxes or to rob banks or to defraud hapless citizens to advance anarchy. Or to offer resolutions saying the U.S. Constitution doesn’t apply.

So, should we continue the irony and keep the Stars and Bars on North Carolina license plates and government facilities or should we relegate this symbol of divisiveness to a museum where it belongs and get about the business of creating the “more perfect union.” The “patriotic” choice is clear to me. It may not be so in Raleigh these days.

Lee McMinn

Brevard

 
 

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