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June 28, 2015

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From the corner booth...

Many of the 2016 Presidential candidates were asked how they felt about letting the Confederate flag fly above the South Carolina capitol building. Most, if not all, said that they would leave it up to the state to decide (they changed their minds when all those companies said they'd stop selling Confederate paraphenalia). I suppose they didn't want to alienate "The Southern Vote" which shows a disregard for the *black* Southern Vote. Note that the American and South Carolina flags were flying at half-mast to honor those who were murdered in a church by a racist hater while the Confederate flag was left in its original position.

The person who sits in the highest office of the land has to (or will) swear to put the sovereignty and well-being of the United States of America above all others. They're not just the governor of a state or the mayor of a city; they're the President of over 322 million people and must represent the best interests of all the people, not just that of one state or worse, one segment of that state. If they can't promise that, they shouldn't get to be POTUS.

With that in mind, I want you to ask yourself this one question:

Would you vote for anyone who thinks it's okay for any flag of any nation (real or imaginary) to fly higher than the flag of the United States of America within the United States or within any such sovereign territory (including a naval ship or embassy in another country)?

It's not a matter of "states' rights", not anymore. That argument was resolved on April 9, 1865

By the way, I'm not against someone or some organization flying or showing the Confederate flag. They have a constitutional right to their Freedom of Speech. And it gives me fair warning as to what kind of people they are.

On the other hand, the United States of America fought a war for four years that costed 620,000 lives so that the nation would be kept whole and no other sovereign flag would fly in the lands between Canada and Mexico. Why would any state capitol fly any other flags other than their own or the US flag unless they felt their primary allegiance was to that other flag. Whatever shape or form it was in, the Confederate flags were first raised by people who *attacked* the United States of America. We have a word for those kinds of people: "traitors".

See you on the dance floor.

Benson Wong

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