Proper Flag Etiquette

As our favorite Confederate Heritage Apologists Advocates make their way to Lexington, Virginia, to mark Lee-Jackson Day in their own special way, we would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to remind them that it is important to treat Confederate flags with proper respect.

Take this example from a fellow Flagger group:

Our Miss Connie

While we are pleased to note that Connie Chastain has finally buckled under pressure to offer a picture of her flagging, we are saddened to note that the photographer, Scott Hamilton, laid his flag down so that it touched the ground behind her.

Mr. Hamilton’s flag looks a bit like this:

SH Flag

Don’t put that flag on the ground, Mr. Hamilton. It’s disrespectful. Just like sitting on the flag is disrespectful:

Roden Sits on Confederate Flag

So is using the flag for a bandana for a dog:

CSA Dog 2

Be proud of your flag, and make sure you display the flag that Robert E. Lee often saw … like in these two photographs, taken at Lee’s headquarters in Gettysburg:

Gettysburg 2014-15


Gettysburg 2014-14Always good to see graduates of two of Virginia’s other universities paying tribute to the past president of Washington College.

Finally, please keep in mind that General Lee himself would be chagrined to see the continued display of the Confederate flag. That’s an odd way to honor him by defying his wishes.

Kevin Levin offers a different perspective. However, I don’t think military orders concerning the wearing of Confederate uniforms, etc., issed in the immediate aftermath of the war would have applied to a Virginia operating under civil rule in 1870.

A tip of the hat to Don Shaffer.


21 thoughts on “Proper Flag Etiquette

  1. Eric A. Jacobson January 15, 2015 / 3:58 pm

    Our Miss Connie. Ha!!!! Nice photo/flagger title. Thanks for making me spit my soda all over the article I was just editing.

    • Brooks D. Simpson January 15, 2015 / 8:33 pm

      She’s very upset. But she fails to acknowledge the sloppy placement of Mr. Hamilton’s flag. She has no respect for the Confederate flag, apparently, just as she’s an admitted plagiarist.

      Confederate heritage needs to do better.

  2. Eric A. Jacobson January 15, 2015 / 4:02 pm

    So…..flagging the ANV HQ and wearing that Yankees/Yankee/yankee/Evil Empire hat. Nice. Good combo.

  3. OhioGuy January 15, 2015 / 6:42 pm

    On the positive side, isn’t she flagging with the First National Flag, rather than the CBF? That’s a step in the right direction, IMHO.

    • Brooks D. Simpson January 15, 2015 / 8:00 pm

      Carefully readers of this blog will note that I have declined to express an opinion on the controversy in Pensacola. As in the case in Danville, I would have no trouble with the First, Second, or Third National being placed on display. Of course, as with the Danville case, I expect my position will be misrepresented by the usual suspects (which is yet another reason why they lack integrity).

  4. Leo January 15, 2015 / 7:28 pm

    If Connie is protesting the removal of the battle flag from the display outside of the civic center/hockey rick, why is she holding the First National? Is she confused or is she offering a compromise?

    • Brooks D. Simpson January 15, 2015 / 8:34 pm

      No one can ever tell. But I know she’s angry again. That knowledge makes me happy.

  5. Leo January 15, 2015 / 9:15 pm

    I don’t have an objection to the first national being included in the flag display because it is the historically correct flag and can serve an educational purpose. The Confederacy is part of the history of the south (and nation), so it has its place. However, there is much more to the south than the Confederacy. We have a rich culture of food, music, literature, art, and so much more in which to take pride.

    These “heritage” groups are truly embarrassing and do more harm to the region than any perceived good.

    Meanwhile, the midsouth flaggers are preparing their MLK day protest in Memphis complete with handouts lambasting Lincoln as a tyrant.

    Stupid is as stupid does.

    • Brooks D. Simpson January 15, 2015 / 9:52 pm

      Well, it’s much like Chastain’s loss of focus on her blog, where she goes from attacking me to attacking Obama in Jerry Dunford style. That tells me that the blog contains the bitter rantings of an unhappy woman, period.

      • The Lamp January 16, 2015 / 12:05 am

        Of course she is unhappy, just look at her! she looks like one of those people Reagan threw out of St Eves back in the 80s and had to live on the streets!

        She is a sad reminder of how bad the mental illness problem is in America today.

  6. OhioGuy January 15, 2015 / 10:24 pm

    MLK Day protest in Memphis? I thought the flaggers a little wacky, but this is more than just eccentric. This truly appears to be borderline KKK territory. While MLK, like any human, had his flaws, he was the leader of a most important movement that finally ended segregation in the South and brought increased freedom in the North. You can legitimately question how he accomplished his goal and specific strategic and personal decisions that he made along the way, but to protest him on the holiday named after him in the city in which he was assassinated strikes me as sending a message no person of goodwill would want to have any part of.

    • leo January 16, 2015 / 9:41 am

      I believe the Midsouth Flaggers are officially protesting something to do with Lee/Jackson, but they will be out on Monday in Memphis, which is MLK day.

      It is unbelievably stupid to be protesting with confederate flags in the city where Dr. King was murdered on MLK day. Debbie Sidle, the leader of the Midsouth Flaggers, is a PR train wreck. I believe it was her idea to protest a ceremony at Fort Pillow with confederate flags.

      These people are strange.

      • Jimmy Dick January 16, 2015 / 11:13 am

        Let them protest. It will be as you said, a train wreck. A CBF waving protest on MLK Day is only going to get the support of racists. In fact, that is what the perception of that protest will be. These people shoot themselves in the foot on a regular basis. Of course, that implies the low intelligence level involved with flagging to begin with.

      • Andy Hall January 19, 2015 / 8:37 am

        The Confederate heritage folks’ contempt for the Civil Rights Movement is worthy of Lester Maddox or George Wallace. They’re just fine with staging a confrontation over the event, and will complain about being victims if anything comes of it. They’re already framing the MLK celebration as illegitimate, such as this message posted on Facebook:

        I believe the third weekend in January was chosen by the federal government to celebrate MLK Day with the intent and purpose to overshadow Lee/ Jackson Day events.

        It takes a special, aggressive form of stupid to buy into that, but I’m sure they do.

  7. Sarah January 16, 2015 / 6:06 am

    Let’s compare and contrast the reaction from Silent Susan, Carpin’ Connie, and the rest of the VA Flaggers peanut gallery like Georgie Porgie (who can’t find any racism at all in the pages of The First Freedom to save his life), and that of less radical, more mainstream groups like the SC Tea Party Coalition and the RNC (both faced with similar but perhaps less troubling revelations). Now on the one hand you have the silence of Susan, and the excuses we’ve all come to know and love from “Heavy Hitting” Chastain, and on the other hand you have this:

    “After an Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights expose that was picked up by the popular website Raw Story, South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention organizers hastily removed all references to white nationalist leader, Roan Garcia-Quintana, from the coalition’s website.”

    “Less than nineteen hours after the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR) exposed the bigoted background of Jake MacAulay and the Institute for the Constitution, South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention organizers once again hastily removed MacAulay’s photo from the front page of the convention website and removed his biography from the page of speaker bios.”

    “Dave Agema, a member of the Republican National Committee from Michigan, republished an essay by the white nationalist publication American Renaissance in a New Year’s Eve Facebook post. The racist article, par for the course for American Renaissance, said “blacks are different by almost any measure to all other people. They cannot reason as well. They cannot communicate as well. They cannot control their impulses as well. They are a threat to all who cross their paths, black and non-black alike.””

    “Update: The RNC voted yesterday to censure its member Dave Agema for posting material on social media that is insensitive to gays, Muslims and African Americans. Ironically, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is working closing with a group, American Family Association, that could be described in the exact same way.”

    No comparison!

    Just think, in only a few short hours White Nationalists and Confederate Heritage types might stand side by side in Lexington, VA, helping one another “Restore the honor”.

    • The Lamp January 16, 2015 / 10:55 am

      And just to inform crazy Connie that ^^^ this is not me, I am NOT up at 6:06 am, I am a night person, I am barely up before 9 am.

  8. Brooks D. Simpson January 16, 2015 / 5:46 pm

    Apparently Chastain is not familiar with the US Code concerning the US flag. For example:

    4 USC Chapter One, Section 8: (b) The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.

    Maybe she thinks that is okay to treat Confederate flags with less respect.

  9. Al Mackey January 16, 2015 / 6:17 pm

    Who says Hokies and Hoos can’t cooperate? 🙂

  10. Jarret Ruminski January 16, 2015 / 11:03 pm

    No offense of course, but the most offensive thing depicted in these pics is the flagrant display of New York Yankees garb 😉

  11. Elmer Cruz February 23, 2015 / 5:18 am

    Those are GREAT advices for whoever want to know about proper flag etiquette! superb all are looks amazing!

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