The flag debate is quickly becoming a major political issue ahead of the state’s crucial first-in-the-South presidential primary next year. Many Republicans, including Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, have avoided taking a position on the flag, though Jeb Bush highlighted his role in removing the flag from Florida’s Capitol in 2001. Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton forcefully called on Americans to discuss racial divisions but hasn’t weighed in specifically on whether South Carolina should remove the flag from the Capitol complex.
Gov. Nikki Haley, who has said the issue is worth a conversation, is under pressure to convene a special session to take up the flag question. That’s unlikely to happen but Republican state Rep. Doug Brannon has already committed to introducing a bill to remove the flag when the legislature convenes in January.
Far Sighted Media, a Florida media holdings company whom you may remember after their Send Clinton Cigars went viral, has stepped into the argument with their latest web site, http://TheDixieFlag.com. The web site, featuring the subtitle “It’s not about hatred, it’s about history”, allows you to purchase desktop sized Confederate flags that are then sent to the key politicians, Pres. Obama, Gov. Robert Bentley, and Gov. Haley. The contribution is an “act of support for the First Amendment” and all American’s right to freedom of expression. Supporters can also purchase their own Stars & Bars as well.
When asked what they hoped to accomplish a representative stated, “Purchasing a Stars and Bars flag from The Dixie Flag gets one flag sent to a representative to show them that our voices still matter, that this country is for the people, by the people, and we will be heard. Local and state government, as the majority voice of the people, have the right to choose whether or not to display it. You have the right whether or not to display it and you certainly retain the right to be offended by anyone, particularly your Elected Officials, trying to deny you those rights.”