I live in a town with a monument to the Civil War dead from here. Many towns in upstate NY have them. I even see bumper stickers for daughters of the Civil War--that's how seriously people up here still take their fight against the south.
So, I wish there was going to be a tea party protest up here near me, because as someone who grew up in the south and knows damn well that this flag represents slavery, not state's rights or some other conservative bullshit, I would really like to see this symbol of racism die. I would like to see the flames engulf this disgusting relic, and I would like to watch the faces of the racists while it burned.
Anyone who does this should be prepared for a fight, especially in the south, where this cloth that isn't fit to wipe my ass carries all kinds of emotional baggage for the Obama haters, many of whom probably don't even realize how racist they are. We've all seen it: someone who seems like a tolerant person suddenly engulfed in the flames of their Republican talking points on hate crimes, or welfare, or ACORN, or Obama's birth certificate...
Fact is, they can't stand the fact that a black man got elected. They can't stand the fact that he's managed to do OK despite the crap sandwich he's been handed. They can't stand the fact that their precious GOP is a rump party that represents less and less of the country. So they get mad, and they try to say they're mad about spending, or mandates, or some other misdirection, when it's all, really, about that southern flag, and, ultimately, slavery.
They don't want a federal government telling them how to treat the "lesser" race. They believe the Bell Curve crap. They buy into the supremacy.
And they hate to see it burn.
"An anonymous liberal blogger in Washington state hopes that progressives across the country will show up to tea party rallies on September 12 and -- if it's legal -- light up a confederate flag so tea partiers can watch it burn."
- One Progressive's Nat'l Scheme To Burn Confederate Flags At Tea Party Rallies | TPMDC (view on Google Sidewiki)