Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is moving on ahead in his desire to issue a new vanity license plate in
, a vanity plate featuring the Confederate flag – the so-called “Stars and Bars” flag that is such an unique symbol of Southern oppression of African-Americans. Today he urged the governing board of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to approve his tag “at their leisure.” Texas
Like right now.
Right now because it appears that
governor Rick Perry is opposed to the tag. Not officially, mind you, just a personal opinion. Texas
This is such a thinly concealed attempt to bring a hated symbol back to
’ highways and byways, it is laughable. It reminds me of the War Memorial on the south lawn (naturally) of the state Capitol. It’s a memorial dedicated to Southern Confederate soldiers who fought for, get this, state’s rights. Texas
No, really. It’s there. I think I remember seeing that it was dedicated at the end of the 19th century, when
was an unrepentant and unreconstructed racist haven (kind of like these days). Texas
Here’s a distance shot of the memorial.
And here is a close-up of the engraved dedication.
See what I mean? Unrepentant. I particularly like the foray into statistics. The South lost because they were hopelessly outnumbered but they gave back better than they got.
Here in modern times, when we have a better grasp on statistics, it seems clear that if you put more men in harm’s way, more men will be killed.
So you see? Nothing really new here under the