Swastikas, Confederate Battle Flags, and donkeys

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by Lynn Woolley

The debate is raging – not only at Starbucks where you can “Race Together” if you want to – but also in the hallowed halls of the Supreme Court. Texas Confederate license plate_1427095982044_15381310_ver1.0_320_240

A lawyer for the Sons of Confederate Veterans argues that Texas MUST issue license plates showing the Battle Flag. He says it’s a matter of free speech.

Texas says the plates offend some people and the state won’t approve them.

But if the state can decide what’s hate speech and what’s not – how about banning the donkey – the symbol of the Democrat Party?

After all, one of its most revered statesmen was a Kleagle in the Ku Klux Klan. That association alone should label the donkey as a symbol of hate speech, shouldn’t it? What about Swastikas, or plates that say “jihad” or promote Planned Parenthood? I’m good with all of it. These plates would tell us a lot about the people who bought them.

Maybe associations DO mean something.

Liberals get all bent out of shape when Sean Hannity constantly refers to President Obama’s associations with Bill Ayers, Frank Marshall Davis, and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. But when there’s an association they don’t like – such as relating the Battle Flag to slavery – they get rude and crude.

So associations DO matter.

Then what about the Democrat Party’s long association with the hate group known as the Ku Klux Klan? There is a long history – and even some thought that liberal icon and U.S. President Woodrow Wilson endorsed the Klan. Whether he did or didn’t – and you can do your own research – we certainly know about a much more recent Democrat icon: Sen. Robert Byrd. At the time of his death in 2010 he was a popular senator from West Virginia who was once Majority Leader.

Sen. Robert Byrd

Sen. Robert Byrd

Less known is that he (along with other Dems) filibustered against the 1964 Civil Rights Bill, and that he was a recruiter for the Klan.   In the early 1940’s, Byrd recruited 150 or so of his friends to start a Klan chapter. Here is a damning quote from his entry in Wikipedia – in a 1946 letter Byrd wrote to segregationist Mississippi Senator Theodore G. Bilbo (D-MS):

“I shall never fight in the armed forces with a negro by my side … Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”

Of course, Byrd relented later and Democrats – as they always do – forgave him because…well…because he was a Democrat. But there will always be that association.

So should we ban the donkey symbol because of the Democrats’ association with the Klan? Isn’t that kind of like the Battle Flag situation?

James George says everything goes.

George is the lawyer for the SCV. At the Supreme Court, he was asked about “jihad” plates. No problem. A Swastika? Absolutely. Bong hits for Jesus? Bring it on. In other words, George says freedom of speech is protected. End of story.

What about a nekked lady?

If I want to show female breasts on my plates, can I? Probably not – and that means there is always a line drawn. But the female form is not about political speak – and that’s where freedom of expression gets touchy. If I want “Obama Sucks” plates – I should have them. Or should I? The other guy may have plates that express something really nasty about Rush Limbaugh. But you can’t have it both ways.

Texas must decide.

If the state wants the extra cash from specialty plates, they’ll have to allow pretty much any type of symbol that is not pornographic – even those that offend some people. As for my part, I say – bring it on. Obama is always saying stuff like, “that’s not who we are.”

Specialty plates will tell us a lot about who we are.


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