In multiple action movies when pandemonium is about to strike, I look for the lead actor to assure everyone not to panic. This week, we are seeing an overreaction at it’s worst, and it needs to stop. The day’s debate centers on the Confederate flag. A lunatic used it as a prop last week in Charleston to commit carnage, so everyone is falling over themselves to get rid of it.
Despite being a battle flag for southern troops in the Civil War, and a symbol of pride not hate for most southerners, a host of national retailers announced they won’t sell the Confederate flag anymore. Most memorabilia if it has southern leanings will also get the heave-ho. Debate has even swirled around the selling of Confederate money and whether it should be allowed by retailers. Now 150 years after being laid to rest, soldiers who fought in battle are being deprived of the very flag they gave their life for. Their battle cry now silent, has been usurped by the mantra, “whatever offends, get rid of it”!
How great has the hysteria reached? Some retailers are now outlawing the famous car from the Dukes of Hazzard, the General Lee. Why? Simply because it sports a Confederate flag on it’s roof. If you want a story on how politicians and retailers think, I give you an example of present day logic.
Two rednecks, Bubba and Cooter, decided that they weren’t going anywhere in life and thought they should go to college to get ahead.
Bubba goes into the school first, and the professor advises him to take math, history and logic.
Stumped, he asks “What’s logic?”.
The professor answered, “Let me give you an example. “I can tell by your accent that you raised in Tennessee.”
“I sure was” said the redneck proudly.
“Do you own a weed-whacker?”
“I sure do,” answered the redneck.
“Then I can assume, using logic, that you have a yard,” replied the professor.
“That’s real good,” the redneck responded in awe.
The professor continued, “Logic will also tell me that since you have a yard, you also have a house.”
Impressed, the redneck shouted, “AMAZING!”
“And since you own a house, logic dictates that you have a wife.”
“Betty Mae! This is incredible!”
“Finally, since you have a wife, logically I can assume that you are heterosexual,” said the professor.
“You’re absolutely right! Why, that’s the most fascinating thing I ever heard of! I can’t wait to take this here logic class.”
Bubba, proud of the new world opening up to him, walked back into the hallway where Cooter was waiting.
“So, what classes are ya takin?” he asks.
“Math, history and logic,” replies Bubba.
Cooter asks, “What’s logic?”
“Let me give you an example. Do ya own a weed-eater?”
“You don’t like girls, do ya?”
Sound logic tells me most people don’t know their history, and we are suffering the consequences. Overreaction to almost everything is being driven by political correctness. Don’t believe me? Why then the attack on the fun-loving Dukes of Hazzard? Now I don’t want to confuse anyone. I’m talking about two separate issues here. One is a plot that centers around a stupid acting and corrupt political machine that manipulates everyone for personal gain. The other features a pretty girl riding in a car with her two cousins that sports a Confederate flag.