National Politics - 2016

Ted Cruz’s Confederacy Of Flag-Lovers

SENATOR’S “FIRST IN THE SOUTH” TEAM LOVES THE REBEL BANNER || By FITSNEWS || After years of indifference toward the Confederate flag, this website now believes the controversial banner ought to be removed from the grounds of the South Carolina State House.  Like, now. (The immediate “why” is painfully obvious.  But for…


|| By FITSNEWS || After years of indifference toward the Confederate flag, this website now believes the controversial banner ought to be removed from the grounds of the South Carolina State House.  Like, now.

(The immediate “why” is painfully obvious.  But for some history on the larger “why,” click here and here).

Unlike many weighing in on this debate, though, we don’t believe the flag should be placed in a museum.  Why not?  Because we don’t believe government should be in the museum business.  We would simply take the banner down and give it to either the Sons of Confederate Veterans or the Friends of the Hunley organization – a group run by neo-Confederate political consultant Richard Quinn.


Anyway … while South Carolina debates the appropriate way to (quickly) yank down this divisive banner, the flag itself has become akin to kryptonite.  Well, unless you’re a co-chairman of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz’s 2016 “First in the South” steering committee.

Both of Cruz’s South Carolina co-chairman – S.C. Senator Lee Bright and State Rep. Bill Chumley – were among those voting against the legislature considering a flag removal bill during an extended summer session.  In fact Bright called the effort to remove the flag a “Stalinist purge,” and may attempt to filibuster the bill in the State Senate.  Meanwhile Chumley gave a disastrous national television interview in which he suggested the victims of this month’s horrific, racially motivated church shooting in Charleston, S.C. “waited their turn to be shot.”


Oh, and here’s a screencap of one of Cruz’s steering committee leaders, Javan Browder, participating in last weekend’s Confederate flag rally on the S.C. State House grounds …

(Click to enlarge)


Pic: via Facebook

For his part, Cruz has been consistent from the beginning of the debate over the flag: Arguing the decision about what to do with it is South Carolina’s – and South Carolina’s alone.

“It’s wrong for a bunch of people who aren’t from the given state to parachute into South Carolina and dictate what they should do,” Cruz said last week.

We agree.

And while we disagree with Bright’s position on the flag (and Chumley’s bizarre comments), we support the right of private citizens like Browder to display the flag as they see fit.  Just because we believe the flag ought to be removed from its prominent position in front of the S.C. State House doesn’t mean we think it is inherently evil – or those who wave it are inherently racist.

Nor do we think a presidential candidate who happens to have flag supporters on his team is embracing the banner …

Honestly, Cruz’s “let South Carolina decide” answer – while not what the national media is looking for – is the correct answer in this controversy.  Especially seeing as South Carolina is well on its way to making the correct decision.


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jimlewisgowb June 29, 2015 at 8:53 am

Slick, real slick, sucking Richard Quinn into the flag black hole

Earns you a new moniker, slick sic willie

Rakkasan June 29, 2015 at 9:15 am

BTW, how much SC tax money was spent on the Hunley project?

The Buzzman June 29, 2015 at 10:34 am

A penny is too much.

sparklecity June 29, 2015 at 11:36 am

As far as I’m concerned, it does have naval historical significance and I don’t mind funds going to preserve. Much like the Enola Gaye or whatever they salvage from the Monitor.
Devices that changed history deserve preservation and if it requires government funding I have no problem with that.
If not we truly become a nation where the ‘here and now” is the only thing that matters and we will be poorer for it.
If we use FITS’ attitude the Tomb of the Unknown soldier should be run by Disney……..Hey, honoring the dead who gave their lives in defense of this country is not a core function of government – right?

CSS Hunley June 29, 2015 at 12:12 pm

Because obviously finding and preserving the first submarine to sink an enemy ship isn’t important to the Military History of the world.

The Buzzman June 29, 2015 at 1:30 pm

Let a museum fund it. Or the world, if it’s that important. Or just display the wreckage and put lots of DW-40 on it. Why does it need to be restored? Are Bright, Chumley and Browder planning to take back into the drink to do battle with the US Navy?

sparklecity June 29, 2015 at 3:12 pm

They would if they could but Bright would shit himself when the first gun goes BANG (or maybe even POP!!)

The Buzzman June 29, 2015 at 10:33 am

Quinnie did it to himself.

To paraphrase Bowie:

“Making love to his ego,
Quinnie sucked up into his mi-yi-yind,
Like a shlepper pariah,
When the pols had yanked his flag,
He had to slink off and gag.”

Yeah, I know. Needs some work. But not worth the effort.

Centrist View June 29, 2015 at 9:22 am

Javan Browder & Major General Ambrose Burnside – Separated @ Birth.

Dumb, dumb & dumber June 29, 2015 at 9:31 am

Are there even three brain cell amongst the three of them to rub together?

That Smarts June 29, 2015 at 10:02 am

I heard the other day that the Heritage Foundation finally has enough Republicans in their think tank to amount to a whole brain!

afmajret June 29, 2015 at 11:53 am

A gross?

The Buzzman June 29, 2015 at 10:27 am

Oh dear sweet Jesus, not Browder. Butted heads with that idiot many times of the South Carolina Politics FB group, and on some others. That is truly the trifecta of SC brain-dead “rebel” ignance.

sparklecity June 29, 2015 at 11:48 am

Since you are an “insider” I trust your input on this matter
Looks like that “too small to be a republic, too large to be an insane asylum” saying strikes again!!!!

Sybil June 29, 2015 at 12:29 pm Reply
The Buzzman June 29, 2015 at 1:27 pm

He has many friends in the local tea party.

Sybil June 29, 2015 at 1:30 pm

I know exactly who he is. I’ve met him. Nice enough, just a little over the top on Conservative Issues.

Manray9 June 29, 2015 at 10:55 am

Cruz’s only hope for political success come from playing to the lowest common denominator.

Limbaughsaphatkhunt July 1, 2015 at 12:58 am

And business is booming in S.C. on that score.

sparklecity June 29, 2015 at 11:46 am

I was seriously considering voting for Cruz (ONLY because one of his main proposals was for no BS overhaul of the IRS to a flat tax)—–but if that slime Lee Bright is involved forget it.
Guess it’s Rand Paul or nobody now………….

sparklecity June 29, 2015 at 11:50 am

From what I read/saw on the news, it was a huge pro-flag rally
All 50 or so of them!!!!!!!

The Buzzman June 29, 2015 at 1:26 pm

And only maybe 200 or so teeth between them.

idiotwind June 29, 2015 at 12:38 pm

‘let the state decide’ is a typical cowardly non-answer from a typical coward. there is no debate as to who will make the decision. everyone knows the state’s government will ultimately decide. so when one is asked about the flag, this is not the point. imagine being asked your opinion about the flag and responding ‘it is red and blue and white’


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