Hillary Clinton’s ‘Stars And Bars’ Problem

When it comes to the confederate flag, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has smugly added that she “has always” been in favor of taking it down in South Carolina.

Yet as first lady of Arkansas, we heard not a peep of concern about the prominent rebel “stars and bars” symbolism of that southern state’s official flag that flew on her official residence grounds in Little Rock while husband Bill was governor.

And here’s a good question for Hillary today: if she “has always” favored taking down South Carolina’s relic of the Civil War, what about all the same rebel symbolism embodied in her own Arkansas flag that flew on her own official residence lawn? Shouldn’t it also be banned, for the same reasons as in South Carolina, to combat divisiveness?

There is no question that the Arkansas state flag is intended, by its symbols, to “commemorate the Confederate States of America.” In fact, then-Gov. Bill Clinton signed a law in 1987 that says so, designating a special star on the flag for that exact purpose.

Hillary Clinton may have objections to Confederate sympathies in state flags still flying in South Carolina or Mississippi, but what makes Arkansas an exception–and why has she never had anything to say about it?

Hillary, should the state flag of Arkansas, which can be seen as just as offensive to African Americans and other minorities who have been subject to racism as the Confederate battle flag of South Carolina, also be banned? Voters need to know.

Especially in culturally diverse and deeply blue states like California, perplexed voters will need to understand from Hillary Clinton why the South Carolina flag must come down but the Arkansas flag’s Confederate roots draw no comment from her.

California voters are the most unlikely in the nation to understand Hillary’s silence and see honor in the distinction between the “southern valor” that “stars and bars” supporters urge their flags represent in contrast to the general negative perception of slavery and racism more commonly associated with the rebel flag.

These voters are becoming the most diverse ethnic conglomeration in the nation, and include Latinos who now compromise the largest ethnic group in the state at 39 percent, non-Hispanic whites at about 38 percent, and Asians, with over 14 percent of the population. There are two times more Latinos and Asians in California by percentage than in the entire United States. About 7 percent of Californians are black. Overwhelmingly, Californians’ “voting cues” gleaned by the entire state, let alone the 60 percent of the state who represent minority groups who have experienced racism, are simply not connected to some sort of sympathy to the rebel cause when they see a Confederate flag.

In view of the tragedy in Charleston, it is now inescapable that Hillary’s opponents will raise her failure to object and indeed passively embrace the Confederate symbolism in Arkansas as an issue in the campaign. Even deeply blue California, with the most electoral votes in the nation, and its voters, are hardly going to accept a voting cue that the Confederate flag is bad for South Carolina but good for Arkansas just because Hillary Clinton has nothing to say about it.

James V. Lacy, a frequent guest of Fox Business News Channel’s “Varney & Company,” is author of “Taxifornia” which is available at Amazon.com.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

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How Democrat Domination Corrupted California

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There are countless reasons California remains mired in unsustainable debt and high unemployment; however, there is one common root cause for these issues: a perpetual Democrat majority.

While noted liberal columnist and Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman cites the decreased influence of the Republican Party as a signal of economic progress, the facts paint a much different picture. Krugman recently asserted the one-party system has allowed Gov. Jerry Brown “to push an agenda of tax hikes and infrastructure spending that sounds remarkably like the kind of thing California used to do before the rise of the radical right.”

In reality, the Democrat surge has not only left 2 million of the state’s residents unemployed, it also ushered in a new era of unprecedented government corruption.

As one recent example, FBI investigators have identified Democrat State Sen. Ron Calderon in a widespread bribery scandal involving hundreds of thousands of dollars. Al Jazeera America recently reported a search warrant was approved to look for evidence Calderon accepted the bribes as a quid pro quo for political favors.

Among the alleged payouts is a $60,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent and $28,000 from a hospital executive.

The senator, a member of the California Film Commission, has been accused of accepting money in exchange for his support of illegitimate Hollywood tax breaks.

Calderon is far from alone, however. Another investigation revealed evidence that a Democrat Watsonville Assemblyman’s campaign was illegally tied to an independent group that invested tens of thousands of dollars into the effort. For this infraction, the California Campaign Finance Commission issued the politico a hefty fine.

Another state senator – also a Democrat – is facing his own fines after allegedly purchasing fancy meals, concert tickets, and other frivolities with funds from his campaign budget.

Athletic shoe manufacturer Adidas reportedly entered the corruption fray a few years ago when executives wanted the state to approve the sale of kangaroo leather. Shortly after a Democrat state senator initiated a bill to that end, the corporation cut him a donation check for $2,360. Just months later, Adidas contributed nearly $14,000 to the state’s Democrat Party.

“Such is the way of Sacramento,” one local journalist explained, “enabled by politicians who control the town.”

Indeed, such pay-for-play schemes rarely lead to any criminal prosecutions.

It has become clear that an effective one-party rule of California has only fostered increased corruption and waste. Without a robust opposition party to keep the actions of Democrats in check, leftist politicians are able to run roughshod over the citizens of the state.

James V. Lacy’s first book, Taxifornia, is published by Post Hill Press and will be in bookstores soon. Click here to purchase a copy online.



Ban The “Seven Dirty Words” In California Classrooms

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Want to take a small step step to help build a more lofty civil society? Then let’s ban teachers from allowing profanity inside California classrooms. Not all cuss words; just the seven “dirty words” that the Federal Communications Commission has banned from public airway television and radio broadcasts since it won a Supreme Court ruling in the case of FCC vs. Pacifica Broadcasting in 1978.

The issue of decent discourse in public schools recently came into focus in the Arizona state school system, where a teacher urged high school students in class to yell profanities at each other more or less as a socialization project. Outraged parents responded by complaining to the school district and to officials, and our friend State Senator Lori Klein (R-Anthem) authored a simple bill that has achieved national attention that would punish offending teachers who allowed obscene and profane communications in the classroom with suspension and even termination for multiple offenses. “You’re there to be educated” Klein told the Associated Press, “You’re not there to talk smack.”

Banning the seven dirty words in California classrooms is recognized as constitutional given the FCC Supreme Court precedent. Doing so is desirable for a myriad of reasons: children are impressionable and mostly learn their socialization skills in the classroom, interacting with other children. A child’s communications skills move from simple to complex during the school years and sociologists understand that “mimicry”, especially of authority figures, plays a lasting role in communications development. Moreover, a general moral decline has been recognized as growing within public school systems across America, which has been studied at Universities and written about by such authors as former Education Secretary William Bennett. Bennett cites the Supreme Court’s “outlawing” of prayer in public schools as a source of the decline, noting in cultural indexes that between 1960 and 1990 divorce doubled, teenage pregnancy went up 200%, teen suicide increased 300%, and violent crime went up 500%. It is clear that we are at risk of slowly becoming an “anything goes” society, and that result does not bode well for the future of our nation and our children. As Rudy Giuliani learned as Mayor of New York, “small things did matter” in trying to turn back a culture of fear and crime in New York City, and to work towards a more civil society.

Read More at CA Political Review.

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