Bill Maher: Robert E. Lee gave up Confederate symbols, so why can’t ‘redneck flag-hags’?
Bill Maher wondered when Confederate “flag-hags” would give up a divisive symbol many consider to be racist and possibly treasonous.
The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether Texas is stifling free speech by refusing to issue license plates featuring the Confederate battle flag, but the host of HBO’s “Real Time” doesn’t see the point.
“If you’re a white guy, living in Texas, driving a pickup truck with a shotgun rack and a ‘Nobama’ bumper sticker, isn’t the Confederate flag license plate a little redundant?” Maher wrote on his blog. “We get it. You’re a redneck. I don’t know how we’re going to find moderate rebels in Syria when you can’t even find a moderate rebel here in America.”
Maher linked to a recent post on The Daily Beast that pointed out that Robert E. Lee, who commanded Confederate forces during the Civil War, swore an oath following his 1865 surrender to uphold the U.S. Constitution – and he urged other former Confederates to do the same.
In fact, the article showed, Lee opposed battlefield monuments to the Southern soldiers he had commanded during the war, and his 1870 funeral featured no Confederate flags or uniforms
Now, some 150 years later, Maher wondered why some Southern sympathizers insisted on government-sanctioned displays of Confederate symbols.
“If the Confederacy’s most famous general had washed his hands of the Stars and Bars why can’t the rest of them?” he said.