Why conservatives should hate the Confederate flag

The tragic massacre at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., has re-ignited the debate over the legacy and meaning of the Confederate battle flag, which still flies on the grounds of the state capitol.

I’ll shelve the separate discussion over the relevance of the flag to the motivations of Dylann Roof, the prime suspect in the fatal mass shooting, and focus on a different point: why conservatives should hate the Confederate flag.

The standard argument about the flag goes like this: Critics of the flag say that the flag is a symbol of racism, hatred, violence, treason and slavery, while defenders see it as a harmless symbol of Southern pride, courage, and valor.

I count myself among the critics on this one, but as an advocate of a constitutionally limited federal government that derives power from the states and its people, I have an additional reason to despise the Confederate flag and all it stands for.

Read more by Philip Klein at WashingtonExaminer.com

You Can Tell What Leftists Are Doing By What They Accuse Conservatives Of Doing

Suddenly the Democrats are coming out against their classic moves like cavorting with Russians to hack American elections and perjury (like you need a link), so who knows which of their foundational principles they will pull a 180 on and betray next: Climate scams? Free money for deadbeats? Jane Fonda?

Read more by Kurt Schlichter at townhall.com

Where Does The Hatred Of Constitutionalism Come From?

The Constitution of the United States is an undeniably powerful document. So powerful in fact, that it took establishment elitists with aspirations of globalized governance over a century to diminish the American people’s connection to it. It’s been a long time coming, but in the new millennium, there is now indeed a subsection of the masses that not only have no relationship to our founding roots, they actually despise those of us who do!

Read more by Brandon Smith at alt-market.com

Conservative Values and Orthodox Judaism

The growing community leans ever more towards political conservatism.

During the run-up to the dramatic election just concluded, I was invited to attend an event to meet the Republican National Committee’s recently appointed director of faith engagement, Chad Connelly. In the course of his presentation that afternoon, Mr. Connelly remarked that he did not understand how anybody who believed in the principles of biblical morality could possibly vote for the Democrats, as presently constituted.

Precisely.

The American system of government is predicated upon the assumption that there is a civil society consisting primarily of self-disciplined, self-restrained people, adhering to a broadly agreed set of moral principles inculcated not through any act of government, but rather through private, religious institutions.

Though the Founding Fathers, prudently and shrewdly building on their experiences and knowledge of the English system, refused to establish any particular religion, they nonetheless recognized the vital nature of religion in ordering men’s affairs. For example, John Adams, the second president of the United States, said, “Our Constitution was made only for a Moral and Religious People. We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.” Because such a government would be, inevitably, a totalitarian police state.

Read more by Avner Zarmi at PJmedia.com

Trump and the media

The media are telling us how to think and they want us to think badly of Trump.

The same crowd that tried to push him around is now trying to order him around. They think they own Trump.

At about the same time that Mayor de Blasio lectured Trump on how to behave, the press boys and girls read him the riot act because he failed to report back to them when he sneaked out for a steak at 21 Club. They too instructed Trump on how to behave, which amounts to galloping chutzpah.

These are the same people who in all these eight years never asked Obama a single tough question, except maybe about his golf score, and who never bothered much about the fact that he seldom treated them to a press conference. Obama could do no wrong.

Read more by Jack Engelhard at israelnationalnews.com