Wednesday, April 13, 2011


As I crawl the Virtual Dumpster that I call the Internet....

I see that this is the 150th Anniversary of the start of the Civil War [link]

I am not a southerner, but I have seen the pride displayed as far north as you can go with the Rebel flag.

I knew this guy that got a rebel flag tattoo and Mount Rushmore is as far south as he had been in his whole life. I told him that it was a symbol of aristrocratic slave owners. He said the war was not about slavery.
I guess those who love it have their reasons...and who am I to proclaim something needs to be politically correct YES ME OF ALL NON PC PEOPLE. I think that most don't even take account anything about the Civil War when they sport it now a just means southern pride.

This is what I think would be the flag to avoid any confusion that could represent a REBEL. It was actually used in 1775 as a marine flag in the original American Rebel force the REVOLUTION:


Metallica T-shirt I wore to shreds:

In 1754, during the French and Indian War, Franklin published his famous woodcut of a snake cut into eight sections. It represented the colonies, with New England joined together as the head and South Carolina as the tail, following their order along the coast. Under the snake was the message "Join, or Die". This was the first political cartoon published in an American newspaper.

As the American Revolution grew, the snake began to see more use as a symbol of the colonies. In 1774, Paul Revere added it to the title of his paper, the Massachusetts Spy, as a snake joined to fight a British dragon. In December 1775, Benjamin Franklin published an essay in the Pennsylvania Journal under the pseudonym American Guesser in which he suggested that the rattlesnake was a good symbol for the American spirit:
"I recollected that her eye excelled in brightness, that of any other animal, and that she has no eye-lids—She may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance.—She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage.—As if anxious to prevent all pretensions of quarreling with her, the weapons with which nature has furnished her, she conceals in the roof of her mouth, so that, to those who are unacquainted with her, she appears to be a most defenseless animal; and even when those weapons are shewn and extended for her defense, they appear weak and contemptible; but their wounds however small, are decisive and fatal:—Conscious of this, she never wounds till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of stepping on her.—Was I wrong, Sir, in thinking this a strong picture of the temper and conduct of America?"
If it were up to Franklin, we would have the rattle snake as our national symbol. 

The Eagle became the National emblem in 1782 when the great seal of the United States was adopted. The Great Seal shows a wide-spread eagle, faced front, having on his breast a shield with thirteen perpendicular red and white stripes, surmounted by a blue field with the same number of stars. In his right talon the eagle holds an olive branch, in his left a bundle of thirteen arrows, and in his beak he carries a scroll inscribed with the motto: "E Pluribus Unum."

Franklin was pissed that the Eagle was to be our symbol and wrote:
"I wish that the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country, he is a bird of bad moral character, he does not get his living honestly, you may have seen him perched on some dead tree, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the labor of the fishing-hawk, and when that diligent bird has at length taken a fish, and is bearing it to its nest for the support of his mate and young ones, the bald eagle pursues him and takes it from him.... Besides he is a rank coward; the little kingbird, not bigger than a sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the district. He is therefore by no means a proper emblem for the brave and honest. . . of America.. . . For a truth, the turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America . . . a bird of courage, and would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British guards, who should presume to invade his farmyard with a red coat on".

"Franklin was clearly against the eagle and let everyone know it. Likewise, the artist John James Audubon agreed with this opinion of the bald, or white-headed, eagle".[source]



Tim Chaney said...

I live in a border state. Like that Ferry driver across the river in the movie "Outlaw Josey Wales" you need to know both the Battle Hymn of the Republic and I wish I were in Dixie!

Tim Chaney said...

The rattle snake would be more fitting for our current government though.

Bluezy said...

Ben Franklin must of been the first liberal American and probably had no issues over the snake in the bible. I bet the whole not choosing the snake had biblical reasons. I am going to research more of Ben.
And Outlaw Josey Wales was a hell of a movie. I started watching something on TV and wondered what it was and kept with it and it was Outlaw Josie Wales. Back in the 90's. I was happy I stumbled on it.

Tim Chaney said...

I bet I've watched that movie thirty times. Love it!

Bluezy said...

I have watched a good many times as well. Definitely one of Eastwood's best.

Anonymous said...

The issue of slavery didnt come up until after the war was well under way. The south tried to break away into their own country to maintain the constitutional republic this country was before the war. The north wanted to change the form of government to be able to grow and over power the limits the original constitution put on them, to over power state soverign rights.