While most Americans have been preoccupied with far more serious issues involving the future of this country, Connie Chastain has returned to blogging in yet another attempt to portray the Virginia Flaggers as victims. This time, it’s “character assassination,” although Chastain favors the wording “to character assassinate” for some odd reason.
There’s no doubt that the Virginia Flaggers are an amusing cast of characters in a reality show with more than enough guest appearances by white nationalists, white supremacists, racists, bigots, accused kidnappers, fans of child pornography, and the like. But it is hard to see them as people of character, given their associations. Why, for example, would people of character rent land from two avowed racists for planting flagpoles? Why would they engage in attempts to discredit their opponents through “anonymous” postings and campaigns that fizzle out once one hints that their sources is to be discovered within Flagger membership? Would people of character openly violate the very boycott they demand of a town’s businesses to make a point? Why would they obstruct an effort by officials to see whether a child was safe? And would people of character employ a shrill ugly bigot and racist as their webmaster and occasional spokesperson?
And that’s just for starters. People of character would denounce white nationalists and white supremacists, not embrace them, march alongside them, and defend their bigotry. People of character would distance themselves from disgusting individuals and sympathize with victims instead of trying to portray themselves as victims. People of character admit mistakes and renounce associations. Even now we hear how the Flaggers are going after a Confederate heritage advocate who thought it best to renounce any association with someone arrested on charges of trafficking in child pornography, as if to do so was a bad thing.
People of character wouldn’t do that.
The Virginia Flaggers, from their leader Susan Frise Hathaway through their webmaster Connie Chastain to their membership, find it impossible to be people of character. They are simply characters, and characters who bring shame, embarrassment, and humilitation upon their supposed cause of Confederate heritage, when in truth it’s all about self-promotion, selling things, getting in the media, and travelling on the rubber Confederate chicken circuit.
The notion of “character assassination” presumes that someone possesses character that is being targeted. Telling the truth about them and revealing them as frauds, liars, racists, bigots, hypocrites–you name it–is not character assassination. Nor is revealing when they have made fools of themselves.
Reading Connie Chastain rant about character is funny. That the Flaggers embrace her to do their “heavy hitting” (and lying) reminds us that not only are the Virginia Flaggers devoid of character, but that they also are a disgrace to the memory of the soldiers they pretend to honor. They are a lasting black mark on the face of Confederate heritage, which they mock with their antics and whining. So much for southern “honor.”
But as characters, they sure are funny.