Flummoxed Flaggers?

It appears that the Virginia Flaggers continue to encounter one obstacle after another in their neverending efforts to “return the flags/restore the honor,” as they put it.  Overshadowed at the Lexington, Virginia protest by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Flaggers continue to be foiled in their efforts to force the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to display Confederate flags at Pelham the Confederate Memorial Chapel and frustrated in their attempt to force the Museum of the Confederacy to fly a Confederate flag outside its new Appomattox facility.   Now comes word that the United Daughters of the Confederacy wishes to be left alone by the persistent Flaggers.  According to this statement from the UDC, the Flaggers infringed upon the private property of the UDC after repeated failures to gain that organization’s support for their endeavors (I thought the Confederacy was all about the protection of private property, so this seems to me to be a betrayal of Confederate heritage).

As the following video suggests, the Flaggers are not always welcome where they protest:

Seems to me they are challenging state rights … namely the right of a state to protect its property (there goes that notion of protecting property again).

And here’s another discussion, this time with a police officer …

And, as I’ve pointed out before, Flaggers object to a community’s right to determine its own policies, something real Confederates upheld (at least when it came to protecting certain aspects of their society … they had no problem trying to impose their preferences upon others when they felt it was important).  In short, Flaggers meddle in the affairs of others, violate state rights, and trample upon private property … which calls into question their commitment to Confederate values.

The Flaggers seem rather well-organized when it comes to these confrontations, with cameras running and participants wearing microphones (as Eric Jacobson noticed).  They seem far less successful when it comes to accomplishing anything, although I’m sure flagging provides exercise to its exercised participants, bless their hearts.

Over the past several months several bloggers have commented on the Flaggers (who have their own blog).  Kevin Levin enjoys pride of place here, just as he enjoys a certain privileged place of honor in the hearts of some of these folks.  Here’s his comment on the UDC controversy; here’s his post on that unpleasant little confrontation.  Corey Meyer’s chimed in as well, while Andy Hall has looked at other Flagger-related concerns.  I’ve highlighted some of the folks who support the Flaggers, although on the whole it has been Kevin who has provided continuing coverage (and his blog brought those videos to my attention).

I don’t think the Flaggers mean any harm, and it does no harm if they continue to protest, provided they follow the law.  However, it remains to be seen whether they will achieve any of their objectives.

5 thoughts on “Flummoxed Flaggers?

  1. Brad Lewin March 15, 2012 / 4:44 am

    This appears to be equivalent to how many angels how you can count on the head of a pin? Quite unbelievable.

    It also reminds me, in a certain way, of the efforts of the Carlists during the late 19th and early 20th century in Spain

  2. Connie Chastain March 15, 2012 / 6:24 am

    “As the following video suggests, the Flaggers are not always welcome where they protest…”

    Well, duh. That’s usually the nature of protests, Perfesser.

    “Seems to me they are challenging state rights … namely the right of a state to protect its property (there goes that notion of protecting property again).”

    Flagging threatens nobody’s property, Perfesser. Don’t be so meller-dramatic.

    • Brooks D. Simpson March 15, 2012 / 7:46 am

      Why, hello, Connie! You’re sooooo precious, bless your little heart! Some of us were wondering whether you had indeed faded into well-earned oblivion. But here you are! You’ve come out of hiding … and lurking …

      Perhaps if you spent less time whining and more time watching and reading, you would see your dear Flaggers brushing up against state and private property. Why don’t you show a little more respect for the law?

      Looks like you’re having a little problem with new material for your blog … perhaps you’re still in mourning over the departure of Ray O’Hara after you asked your flock whether you should bar him altogether because he rattled your cages with his own unique brand of protest. Guess you can dish out nonsense but you can’t take it. Bet things are a bit quieter now that you don’t have him to kick around any more. But you’ve lost your main attraction. Soon you’ll realize that you are no more effective than your old buddies at the Southern Heritage Preservation Group, and not even as amusing. Maybe it’s time for a reunion tour to recall those good old days. The Flaggers can put in a guest appearance. So long as y’all say that you’re defending Confederate heritage, none of us have any cause for concern. That cause couldn’t be in better hands.

      Now make sure to mention all this on your blog and FB page, and claim we miss you and monitor you and all that. I’m sure you need something to jumpstart your readership. Do your best Sally Field at the Oscars. Just “evilize” those damnyankee and scalawag bloggers. It’s what you live for …

      Nice to hear from you. Now you take care! And say hello to your sweet southern boys! Now that I’ve fed your endless craving for attention (call it a mercy reply out of pity), you can return whence you came. So long!

  3. martin March 15, 2012 / 7:54 am

    Suppose there’s a 10 yr old kid who knows nothing about the Civil War. Who do you want to educate him, the guy with the Confederate flag on the window of his pick-up, or the guide at the museum.

    As far as the VA Fine Arts Museum, maybe they should commission Jasper Johns to do ‘Confederate Flag’. That certainly would appeal to the Neo-Confederates as well as the Neo-Dadaists.

  4. Connie Chastain March 15, 2012 / 2:33 pm

    Martin, your attempt to stereotype doesn’t provide enough information. Is the guy with the Confederate flag on the window of his pickup knowledgeable and honest? And is the guide at the museum knowledgeable and honest or his he or she just regurgitating whatever PC pablum his/her superiors tell him to?

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