As I’m sure almost everyone has noticed, since the tragic shooting that left nine African-Americans dead in Charleston, South Carolina there’s been a heated debate over the Confederate flag and the fact that it still flies at the State House.
I really can’t believe that in 2015 not only are we still having a debate over whether or not a flag that represents treason, slavery and racism does, indeed, represent those things – but that it actually still flies in front of one of our government buildings.
Even if you want to ignore all the aspects of slavery and racism that are tied to the Confederacy, the bottom line is these people were traitors who attacked a U.S. military base. To fly that flag on any government property is completely asinine.
Well, as most would expect, there’s been plenty of ignorance shown by quite a few conservatives (especially Southern ones) over their delusions that this flag doesn’t represent racism, but rather “their heritage.” It’s amazing what people will convince themselves of to avoid facing the reality that they’ve been showing honor to a symbol of hate.
And even in the face of one of the most heinous acts of racial hatred we’ve seen in quite some time, many Republicans continue to defend this flag and seem unable to get why anyone would be offended by it. I’m not sure if it’s willful stupidity or pandering to their voters, but it’s been comical for me to watch conservatives act befuddled that people might be offended by this flag. Especially considering the stupid things conservatives get offended by on a nearly constant basis.
So, in that spirit, I thought I’d list a few of the idiotic things conservatives have been “offended” or “outraged” by, as many of those same conservatives continue to act “shocked” that anyone would find the Confederate flag offensive.
The “War on Christmas”: We all know this one. It’s hyped every single November for whatever reason and it’s based on absolutely no facts whatsoever. Basically it’s conservatives who don’t like the fact that religion is being kept out of places it doesn’t belong. But nonetheless, every year millions of conservatives are “offended” by something that doesn’t even exist.
Happy Holidays: This goes along with the made up “war on Christmas.” If you dare tell a conservative “Happy Holidays,” you might just get an angry and hostile “Merry Christmas!” back in disgust to confirm that you totally just ruined their day. Because, you know, this matters.
Gay Marriage: It’s amazing how millions of conservatives seem to think people they don’t know getting married is somehow going to impact their lives. Gay marriage could become legal right this second and you know what would change in the lives of these people? Absolutely nothing. They’re “offended” that two men or two women might dare get married because they disagree with “that lifestyle.” As if millions of gay Americans are supposed to care about what individuals they don’t know, and will likely never meet, think about who they are.
Any Mention of Gun Regulations: If you even hint at pushing for legislation that would require universal background checks or longer wait periods on guns, most conservatives will lose their damn minds. Meanwhile, these regulations would not prevent a single law-abiding citizen from getting a gun, yet may prevent some who shouldn’t have a gun from getting one.
The “War on Christianity”: Here’s another made-up bunch of nonsense by people who are “offended” by the fact that they’re being prevented from unconstitutionally forcing their religious views on others. Meanwhile, there’s absolutely no one telling them they can’t be Christian, can’t go to church or anything of that nature. They’re free to be as religious as they want to be – just as long as they don’t try to force that religion on others, which is what they constantly try to do.
Gay Wedding Cakes: Yes, there are millions of people who find it “offensive” that a business might be forced to mix flour, water and sugar together to make a dessert that ultimately ends up at a wedding where two people of the same-sex get married.
President Obama’s Golfing: Amazing to think that a president taking a few hours a week to go golfing “offends” so many conservatives… but a flag used by the Ku Klux Klan, white supremacists and the biggest treasonous uprising in our nation’s history doesn’t.
Voter Fraud: Despite the fact that an extensive investigation found 31 credible cases of voter fraud out of one billion votes cast since 2000, millions of conservatives are so “offended” that there’s a 0.0000031% chance that someone might commit voter fraud that Republican lawmakers all across the country have acted swiftly to “combat this serious threat to our nation.”
The Death of “Traditional American Values”: What the hell does this even mean? When exactly did this nation develop a set of “traditions” we were supposed to follow? Once upon a time slavery, denying women the right to vote and segregation were “traditional American values” and I’m sure many racists and bigots at the time were “offended” when an end was put to those traditions as well. This nation has always been – and will always be – about progress. It’s just that our history shows that progress is often stalled by some of the most ignorant among us.
I’ll go ahead and cut if off there, though there are plenty more. So, while conservatives are a group of people who seem to be “offended” by a large list of absolutely pointless nonsense, millions of those same people just can’t seem to grasp why so many find a flag that flew over armies that defended slavery offensive.
Feel free to hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think.