An article I read this morning bothered me so much that I simply had to write something. According to the Dallas Morning News, the "Sons of Confederate Veterans" won their case to have specialty license plates in Texas.
The federal appeals panel, who voted 2-1 in favor of this group of sore losers, claimed that the group's First Amendment rights were violated by something called, "viewpoint discrimination."
Well, if your viewpoint is that the South had it right and people were considered property, then yeah, your viewpoint deserves to be discriminated against. Especially by the government!
You know how the right loved to call Bowe Bergdahl a deserter and a traitor? Well, the "Confederate Veterans" actually WERE deserters and traitors. You get that? Every single politician and military leader associated with the Confederacy took a direct stance to against the United States, with the ultimate objective of overthrowing the federal government. Every single soldier in the Confederate army who pointed a firearm against a United States soldier was, by definition, a traitor to the United States. Plain and simple.
And how many times do we have to say this... Those traitors LOST. They betrayed their country, killed American soldiers, lost the war... and you're celebrating it? It takes a serious breakdown of rational thought to believe that any one of those people that were fighting for the cause of the Confederacy deserves to be "honored" with a vanity plate.
My favorite quote from the article is from one of the sponsors for the proposal for the specialty plate design, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. (And of course, he's an old, white guy.) Patterson claims that the plate, "is meant to honor Confederate soldiers, not cause controversy."
Oh obviously! Just like the wearing of white hoods is meant to honor the six veterans of the Confederate Army who founded the Ku Klux Klan, not to cause controversy...
Give us a break, Jerry.
He went on to say that, "It’s a victory for free speech and for those who are sick and tired of folks being offended at the slightest drop of a hat."
Okay, asshat. Unless you and your family were subjected to slavery, then you don't get to tell anyone when they should or should not get offended. The battle flag for the Confederacy does not qualify as a, "slight drop of the hat", sir. That stupid flag is a hell of a big drop - and you damn well know it.
In my opinion, the diversity of the group is what gives it legitimacy. And I don't think it's too big a stretch to assume that only white people like old Jerry here will be the ones that would consider paying for and displaying one of these stupid, racist plates.