I understand the “Heritage” rationale for displaying the Confederate flag. Southerners wish to commemorate the sacrifice if their fighting men, many of whom died fighting for what they believed was a just cause.
I understand that. I understand the First Amendment protects that view. And I believe the move to suppress the Confederate flag over “racism” is yet another example of our society – or an intensely privileged, and overprivileged, part of it – seizing on trite, surface- y symbolism to “send a message” about a big, complicated issue.
“Messages” are easy; changing hearts and minds is hard, time-consuming, and usually fruitless in the short term.
So I get why people want to fly the Confederate flag. And as far as it goes, I support them.
But I’m not going to fly it myself.
Still Smell The Gunpowder: I’ve heard a few Minnesotans point out that they’d eschew the Confederate flag because of the many Minnesotans who died fighting against the Confederacy – most notably the First Minnesota at Gettysburg. That’s fine – and not my reason; of my eight great-grandparents’ families, only two had arrived in the US before 1865, and they were from Ohio. And the war is, in fact, over.
Squandered: I choose to eschew the Confederate flag because they squandered a vital right and power in defending an evil institution.
The bloody war fought to defend slavery  served as the lead-in to the gutting of the 10th amendment, and trashing of one of the most important rights of a civil society – the right to free association. It led to the elevation of the idea that preserving the union was the single most supreme virtue.
Think about it; if the power and intrusiveness of the federal government were at one time limited by the knowledge that states could pack up and go away, Do you think the feds would be a lot more restrained than they are? Absolutely – and that would be A very good thing.
For staking these vital – and irreplaceable – liberties on the defense of slavery, alone, it’s time to junk the Confederate flag.
 Yes, it was all about slavery. All the proximate causes of the war traced back to slavery. The economic war was a war between industrialism and slavery. The constitutional issue was over the treatment of…slavery. Lincoln sought to preserve the union, which was splitting up over…causes that all traced back to slavery. It’s really not even an argument.