Is this Conservatism? Banning 1st Amendment Rights! The “Ryan” Way!

Confederate Flags CANNOT Be Flown

At Federal Veterans Cemeteries


Confederate flags fly over the graves of Confederate soldiers burried in Magnolia Cemetery on July 14, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina.

If You Ignore History,

The Death of 700,000 Americans Will be For Naught!

Last Week the House voted 265 to 159 to block descendants of Confederate veterans from flying the Confederate Flag over mass graves even on the days when flags have been permitted in the past.  Democrats forced the Republicans to kowtow to their mantra that the flag represented racism, slavery and division.  This comes after a long line of other political decisions at the State and Federal level to erase the Confederate Flag from our Consciousness.  The real issue is Free Speech.  We protect the free speech of those who burn the American Flag.  Why don’t we protect the right to display the confederate flag?  The Confederate Flag is really a symbol of submission TO our Nation by Southern States and a reminder of our past historical mistakes regarding slavery and the maturation process of our Great Nation.

In a show of total ignorance and a lack of a sense of history, the feeble Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, stated, “People are going to have to take tough votes…”;  “…the last thing we should do is derail our own appropriations process”.  I am sure another Obama dictated Ryan budget is far more important than remembering Why and How 700,000 Americans, free and Slave, lost their lives in our great Civil War.  The budget is far more important than our 1st Amendment rights to Free Speech!

The Confederate Flag is the Symbol of the Maturation and Evolution of this Great Nation, and the Sovereignty of our Republic. 

Some argue that the seeds of the Civil War were sown as early as 1619 when a Dutch trader unloaded the first shipment of African slaves at Jamestown, Virginia.  (At the time, this nation did not exist as it was an British colony.  The British utilized slaves in a number of its colonies and perpetuated this scourge until 1833 when they outlawed slavery in MOST of there colonies, not all! ) The  The seeds of the Civil War grew over the next 250 years until they spawned the bloodiest war ever fought by this nation.  A war that was deeply seated in morality, economics, and politics. 

The Confederate Flag holds different meaning to different groups and individuals.  Unfortunately, for many, their perception of the meaning of the Confederate Flag is based on the teachings of a failed, biased, and revisionist education system.  A perception focused on one facet of what the banner represented, slavery, rather than teach the lessons that led to the freeing of 4,000,000 African slaves; the fierce battles that led to a narrow margin of Northern victory over the South that saved the United States as a nation; the solidification of Federalism over States rights including the right to secede from the nation; and an economic change to the Southern States that depressed the region for decades.

While some in the South may see the Flag as a symbol of Southern independence, the flag really stands for a history lesson that no American should be ignorant of, nor try to hid in the annuls of time. 

The Confederate Flag is the Symbol or the Reminder that We the People,

  • Once Divided Over Slavery;

  • the North and South Distrust and Bias of One Another;

  • the Sovereignty of our Federal System of States.

    • Now are One in the Elimination of Slavery and Human Rights Abuses of all Forms;

    • Respect of One Another’s Differences,;

    • And a Recognition That Federal Law, Constitutionally Enacted, is the Law of the Land and Applicable to all of the States.



There is no greater symbol of this reminder than when we see the American Flag Flying Over the Confederate Flag.  This symbol of dominance should remind Americans that the sacrifices of our ancestors in the Civil War, and the sacrifices of the slaves, was an act of maturation of this nation that it is the antithesis of Racism, Bigotry or Hatred.

If We Hide Our History, We are Bound to Repeat It.

RD Pierini



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