When Dylann Roof went on a murderous, racist spree of violence inside a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, politicians everywhere knew what had to be done. Roof had clearly been driven to the edge of madness by the Confederate Flag, proof of which could be found in photos he took with the flag in the background. Yes, this was illogical. Yes, it was a transparent attempt to do something instead of actually addressing the issues at hand. But it proved to be a remarkably popular target, drawing supporters from both sides of the political spectrum.
Unfortunately, these overeager politicians didn’t stop with the Confederate Flag hanging on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe wanted a piece of the pie for himself, saying in June, “Although the battle flag is not flown here on Capitol Square, it has been the subject of considerable controversy, and it divides many of our people. Even its display on state-issued license tags is, in my view, unnecessarily divisive and hurtful to too many of our people.”
After a Texas court ruled that license plates are forms of state-sponsored speech – not the speech of the citizens – the path was clear for McAuliffe to repeal the plates. And now, after spending $8,000 to generate 1,600 new plates, the state is rolling out the replacements. They are identical to the old specialty plates, with Sons of Confederate Veterans written across the bottom. The only difference is the removal of a small Confederate Flag.
For plate-owners, the swap is not optional. State officials announced that drivers have until October 3rd to switch to the new plates. After that, police will be on the lookout for violations. Those found guilty will be convicted of a misdemeanor offense.
Putting aside for a moment how ludicrous it is to connect the flag to Roof’s horrible murders, what exactly is the reasoning here? What is solved by issuing plates that honor the Sons of Confederate Veterans, sans flag? Is it the flag itself that is offensive? What about it? The colors? Is there something inherently racist in the design of the flag? This entire thing is stupid, but these liberals can’t even abide by their own twisted logic. If the Confederacy was evil, then shouldn’t anything celebrating that heritage be deemed evil?
But see, mainstream Democrats don’t want to get into that thorny debate. So they take these pandering steps in the hopes that all of this will blow over. This is political cowardice, actually. It would be like saying you can have a license plate commemorating Hitler, but you can’t display the swastika. It’s utterly nonsensical. Unless, of course, you assume that most people offended by the flag can’t read.
Whoa. Maybe McAuliffe is a genius after all…