Democrat Jim Webb Defends Flag


Jim WebbJim Webb, a former U.S. Senator from Virginia, finally weighed in on the controversy surrounding the Confederate flag on Wednesday. In a post on his Facebook page, Webb, a Democrat, said that the flag “has wrongly been used for racist and other purposes in recent decades. It should not be used in any way as a political symbol that divides us.”

He also defended Confederate soldiers, writing, “We should also remember that honorable Americans fought on both sides in the Civil War, including slave holders in the Union Army from states such as Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland and Delaware, and that many non-slave holders fought for the South.”

He did not, however, take sides on the issue of the Confederate flag displayed at the South Carolina statehouse. Webb is expected to announce a 2016 presidential run by the end of June. Read more at the Washington Post.

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  1. The civil war wasn’t directly about slavery, but about states’ right to separate from the union. We can only guess that the slavery would have been peacefully banned in another few years by the southern states themselves had the northern states not forced the issue. One thing is certain: the great 20th century expansion of the federal government into all areas of life would not have been possible without setting the civil war beating the rebels into submission precedent in the later 19th.

  2. Anonymous #2,

    Stop promoting such revisionist nonsense that is reminiscent of the anti-Israel propaganda from the Arabs. The Civil War was fought because the South feared that the North would abolish slavery. Had the North let the South go it would still have slavery today. The South didn’t go to war over tariffs in the 1830s and it was very much in favor of an intrusive powerful federal government enforcing the fugitive slave law and the Dred Scott decision.