So, if you identify as a Confederate … some questions

UPDATE: Of course I should not have overlooked the League of the South.  See this and this.

Every once in a while I run across folks who like to style themselves as hailing from the Confederacy.  I’ve seen people identify themselves as saying they are from (for example) “Virginia, CSA,” folks who fashion e-mail addresses as from the domain “csa.gov,” and so on.  I’ve even come across a website claiming to be “the Confederate States of America Government Website,” which always seems to be under construction (or reconstruction).  Lest you think I’m kidding, that site has a form whereby for $50 you can apply to be a Confederate citizen (by the way, it isn’t clear whether the $50 is in Confederate currency; perhaps the organizers secretly crave receiving engraved portraits of Ulysses S. Grant or ten portraits of Abraham Lincoln).

So I’ve got some questions to ask of these people who claim they are Confederates.  Do they pay federal (or Federal) taxes? (You would think they would celebrate April 15 for another reason.)  Do they file as foreign nationals?  Do they have a US passport (how could they, if they really mean what they say)?  Do they vote in US elections (talk about illegal aliens voting)?  Do they have green cards?  Or are these people who simply blow off steam but in fact do not have the courage of their convictions and are not willing to stand up for what they believe?  Nor can they claim to be loyal citizens of the United States of America or think themselves entitled to any of the rights and privileges of such citizenship.  They would be liars if they pledge allegiance to a flag they repudiate.

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