Daily Revolt

January 17, 2008

Huckabee says Let SC Decide on Confederate flag

He sounds like an old time segregationist:
Republican Mike Huckabee said the government should stay out of disputes over the Confederate flag in South Carolina.

"You don't like people from outside the state coming in and telling you what to do with your flag," Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor, told supporters Thursday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

"In fact, if somebody came to Arkansas and told us what to do with our flag, we'd tell 'em what to do with the pole, that's what we'd do," Huckabee said.

Arkansas' flag includes four stars surrounding the word "Arkansas" - one above it and three below it. The one above stands for the Confederacy, according to the state code.

He would not say whether he considers it offensive to fly the flag, a symbol of racism to some and Southern pride to others, saying only that the matter should be up to the states. That was the position of his rival John McCain when he ran for president in 2000; after losing, McCain said he had not been honest about his feelings and that the flag should go.

Pressed later on whether he finds the flag offensive, Huckabee refused to give an opinion.

This is another reason why we must turn away from the two-party system.

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