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Publius / June 25, 2015

The Strategy Behind the Leftist Assault on Confederate Flag

Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh gave his thoughts on the Confederate flag controversy, which he suggests is just another conveniently timed political maneuver straight out of leftist radical Saul Alinsky’s playbook. And make no mistakes: “Progressives” will target the American flag next.

“This effort to have the battle flag of Northern Virginia removed is really an attempt to segregate and isolate the entire South and to sort of Alinsky it, you know, the rules for radicals, you seek the target, you isolate it, you attack it, you humiliate it. This flag represents what the left believes is the last remaining Republican electoral stronghold in terms of presidential politics and that would be the South. So this is an effort going far beyond the American, or the Confederate flag or the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia. This flag represents to the left a symbol of everything’s wrong, not just South Carolina but North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, you name it, and that’s what the objective here really is… After the flag comes down, after the flag is removed, you’re going to continue to hear what it stands for, what it stood for, how rotten it is, and how even though it’s gone you can bet they will report that Southerners all across this country in heart and in mind and even geographically will be displaying the flag in their homes and on their cars, with bumper stickers and so forth.”

He later added:

“[I]t’s not going to stop with the Confederate flag because it’s not about the Confederate flag. It is about destroying the South as a political force. It’s about isolating, targeting, and identifying the South as Dylann Roof, not Charleston, S.C., the South. That’s what the leftists’ effort on the Confederate flag are. Do not doubt me, folks, and I’ll make another prediction to you — the next flag that will come under assault, and it will not be long, is the American flag.”

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