War on the Confederate flag comes back to bite a Democratic presidential contender

It should be a corollary of Murphy’s Law that nothing is ever as simple, as cut and dried, as it initially looks.

Consider the aftermath of the recent mass shooting at a black church in South Carolina. No sooner had the virtual ink on the online accounts of the killings by a crazed white supremacist dried than the liberal “brain trust” was out in force calling for action:

The idea that a 150-year-old flag could have precipitated murder is preposterous. Nevertheless, the Stars and Bars does conjure up unsettling reminders of a period when states within the country, to its great shame, countenanced slavery. Accordingly, conservatives, beginning with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, embraced the purely symbolic gesture of removing the flag from government venues.

Instantly, a crusade to rid the nation of other vestiges of its sinful past was afoot. Unfortunately, for the left, one of the victims of this wholesale house cleaning is one its own: presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley, who as Maryland governor presided for eight years over a state whose official song — “Maryland, My Maryland” — expresses Confederate sympathies:

The song, with lyrics dating to the beginning of the Civil War, contains a plea for Maryland, a border state, to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy. In some verses rarely performed these days, President Abraham Lincoln is referred to as “the despot” and “the tyrant,” while the Union is called “Northern scum.”

O’Malley has been trailing far back in the polling, making any “‘splaining” he has to do a relatively minor concern for the Democratic Party.

Ironically for O’Malley, his voice was among the loudest clamoring for Haley to “tear that flag down” in South Carolina.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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