In the 1820s an elderly Thomas Jefferson lamented the direction of the Union toward centralization and empire. He scolded those responsible, the selfish and ignoble sons of selfless and noble Revolutionary fathers, and he called them unworthy.
But what about South Carolinians today? Are we worthy of our Revolutionary and Confederate fathers?
If the battleflag on the Statehouse grounds is taken down, it will not be because the flag and its symbolism are shameful and therefore unworthy of the people of the state. If it is taken down, it will mean the people themselves have fallen into a shameful, immoral, dumbed-down condition and are therefore unworthy to fly the noble banner of their ancestors.
The current carpetbag and scalawag attacks on the flag constitute a shameful aspect of our state's history. The state's Governess has shown her weakness and unworthiness. The state's major newspapers, including The Greenville News, have demonstrated a craven brainlessness that intelligent readers have come to expect.
Recent national events suggest a coming breakup of the Union. When that happens, the irrepressible Christian cross of the Southern Confederacy will be the patriots' banner of choice.