Confederates Tip The Balance

Subject: Confederates Tip the Balance
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2006 06:59:23 EST

On Tuesday, Republicans, on the national level, got what they
deserved. They
failed to secure our borders, protect our rights, involved us in
another war
that, some would say, can’t be won and they continue to push or
drag us
toward the new world order. But it wasn’t these issues that put
the Democrats in
charge of the House and Senate. It was Confederate issues.

In Missouri, Senator Jim Talent, said in 2003 "that flags flying
over official
government property should be symbols of unity, not symbols of
division," and
"The flag is intertwined in people’s minds with what was the greatest
injustice in the history of our country," Talent explained. "You
can put up some
other memorial to the courage of the people who fought for that
cause. But the
flag is, to many people, a symbol of injustice. That war is
associated with
slavery." Southerners with a knowledge of history don’t forgive
those who attack
us. It may be a strech to say Talent lost his reelection by a
narrow margin due
to this issue but consider the Virginia race.

In September 2006, the Sons of Confederate Veterans criticized
Republican, George Allen for saying he had been slow to grasp the
pain that Old
South symbols like the Confederate flag cause black people.
"The denunciation of the flag to score political points is
anathema to our
organization," Brag Bowling, past commander of the Virginia Sons
of Confederate
Veterans, told reporters in Richmond, once the Capitol of the
States of America.

Allen stood by his statement.

"Before Allen’s comment, he had a 16-point lead in the polls and
had a huge
financial advantage. His opponent Jim Webb had no money. In one
moment, he
took a race that was essentially won and turned it competitive
overnight," said
Robert D. Holsworth, a political science professor at Virginia
University. What had been a warm-up race for a 2008 presidential
bid has became
an unsuccessful fight of Allen’s political life.

Who would have thought that two of the last five Senatorial
elections in
question would be lost by incumbent Republicans who snubbed the
Confederate flag?
Who would have thought the loss of these two candidates would tip
balance of power in the Senate to the Democratic Party? You would
think the
Republicans would catch on to this at some point. But I guess
pandering to the press
and groups that don’t elect them is more important than winning an
controlling congress and possibly even winning the office of

David Allen
Rodes 262

Ref. CBS News and mobushwhacker Website