Mississippi Speaker of House comes out against the battle flag

From his Twitter account:

Gunn flag statement

I’ve know Philip a long time, boyhood friends and all.  I was wondering if anyone was going to say anything in light of Charleston.

bonnie blue flagGood on you, Philip.  It’s time.  If they’re looking for suggestions, I’d like to suggest the Bonnie Blue Flag of the West Florida Republic, which was annexed by the US and made into the states of Mississippi and Louisiana.  Twenty-six years after the West Florida rebellion, Texas won its independence from Mexico. Many of the West Florida rebels had moved on to Texas and were prominent players in its revolution. Texas, known as the “Lone Star Republic,” also adopted the Bonnie Blue Flag as its official standard. When Texas was admitted to the Union in 1845, the new state flag included the Bonnie Blue star along with one red and one white bar.

magnoliabonnieblueAnother suggestion would be to adopt the Magnolia/Bonnie Blue Flag, which was the first flag of the Sovereign State of Mississippi.

The whole point that I’m trying to make is that Mississippi, despite her ignoble past in race relactions, did not adopt the Beuregard Flag (battle flag) as a symbol of southern resistance to the Federal intrusions in the early 1960’s.  The battle flag was a part of the state’s hisory from the Civil War, and post Reconstruction.

I kind of like the magnolia and bonnie blue combo.

And, I’ve still got my Beuregard flag that I’ve had for 40 years, and that I fly on special occasions, mostly from my patio in the rear of the El Nuko Hacienda.

8 Responses

  1. Personally, I think the Confederate flag is beautiful and despite what some may say it doesn’t represent racial hatred, but honors the righteous fight against an oppressive Federal government.
    Since this symbol is under attack after the tragic murders in Charleston, there is another symbol that should be the first to perish.

    • How true is this, n2l?

      Do you know what the design of this flag means? What is actually on the flag?
      The colors Red, White, Blue, ( which represent the same meaning as the colors on the flag of the United States), Thirteen Stars. Anything else? Think about what you are seeing. Examine every detail because the layout of the contents of the flag portrays the true message the flag was designed to send. First of all this is NOT the “Confederate Flag”. It is the “Battle Flag of Northern Virginia”. Through the years it has become the most synonymous with the Confederate States. It is also the one most hated by those who are totally ignorant of what it stands for. Do you see the big letter “X”, the thirteen stars that are on the “X”? Those stars represent the thirteen original United colonies from which the United States began. The “X” actually lies on the stars allowing them to shine through. Each one of these colonies had its own system of self government, until the start of “northern aggression” when the northern states began trying to usurp authority over the southern states. THIS WAS THE MAIN CAUSE OF THE CIVIL WAR.
      To put it simply the message of the flags design is CROSS US OUT of your Union! The southern states withdrew from the union in a movement called “secession” which led to the Civil War. That is the only message this flag is sending! It does not represent slavery, hatred, white supremacy or anything else as so many uneducated, ignorant people so foolishly believe and abuse its image. This flag represents a stand against oppression & tyranny by the federal government and its message is still appropriate today. The federal government has never liked this message and fears it to this day.

      • My great-great-grandfather fought for this flag and I have understood its meaning my entire life. He and his family in Mississippi didn’t own slaves or want any, they just didn’t want an oppressive federal government telling their state what rights they did and did not have, or having their wealth confiscated for use in northern states.
        If the “Confederate” flag inspires fear and hate in some then they need to address their personal issues. I am more than tired of caving in to the whims of weak and worthless race hustlers.

  2. Gotta say nuke, I wasn’t expecting you to be okay with getting rid of the flag.

  3. I am ok with it for one reason and one reason only. The flag issue/non-issue is not the hill that I’m ready to die on. Plus, just because pols have said they’re ready to do it doesn’t mean it’s going to get done. There has been a statewide vote on this, and the current flag won by a 2-1 vote.

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