Monday was the Robert E. Lee holiday in Alabama. It is the perfect day for Gov. Kay Ivey to issue an executive order returning the historical Confederate flag display to the Confederate Monument. The flag display was removed by disgraced Gov. Robert Bentley.
At the Battle of Sayler’s Creek, Gen. Robert E. Lee himself took the Confederate Battle Flag, rode his horse, Traveller, to the hilltop, held the flag aloft with the red folds of bunting flapping about him. When his soldiers saw Lee holding their flag, they quickly flocked to and rallied behind him.
All of the flags in the display were carried by Lee’s soldiers, who proudly fought against Lincoln’s invasion to collect his oppressive 40 percent tariff from Southerners.
As Charles Dickens, author of “A Christmas Carol,” wrote in 1862: “Union means so many millions a year lost to the South; secession means the loss of the same millions to the North. The quarrel between North and South is solely a fiscal (monetary) quarrel.”
Kay Ivey defended our Confederate flag in the 2010 election, catapulting her from 20 points behind to defeat Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom, (who) bragged about removing the Confederate flag from Alabama’s Capitol.
Now is the time for Gov. Ivey to right the wrong done by Gov. Bentley to our Confederate veterans flags. Actions speak louder than words.
Roger K. Broxton,
President of the Confederate Heritage Fund