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Vail Daily column: These ships have sailed

Richard Carnes
My View

We can sure be stubborn creatures.

Regardless of empirical evidence directly in front of our face, we sometimes are pulled into progress kicking and screaming, doing our utmost best to ignore and deny what can no longer be ignored or denied.

And we do it with appalling regularity.

Yet in every case it’s water under the bridge, the snow has already melted, the toothpaste can’t be put back in the tube.

To wit: The Nazi symbol and the word itself will forever be symbolic with white supremacy, racial hate and the murder of 6 million Jews, and gay marriage is now simply known as “marriage” and the basic tenets of Obamacare are here to stay.

In each instance history tells us there is no turning back, no reversal for the wheels of societal and cultural advancement.

But some will loudly jump backward into their ignorance closet, plug fingers in both ears and shout, “Lalalalalalala!” until they finally realize no one is paying them attention anymore, at which point they’ll shrug their shoulders, take a peek out the door and then quietly rejoin society as if nothing happened.

Except, perhaps, for the extreme delusional, like Texas Pastor Rick Scarborough, who threatened to set himself on fire if the U.S. Supreme Court legally recognized gay marriage.

(News flash: Rick now says his words were misinterpreted, and the pulpit performance artist “now will accept any sanction from the government for resisting today’s Supreme Court decision.”)

Guess I bought all those marshmallows for nothing.

Anyway, life goes on, and we can move on from issues like anything having to do with the Palin family, not having children vaccinated, Donald Trump pretending to run for president and, of course, pretending the Confederate flag is a symbol of Southern pride and patriotism.

But have no fear, my proudly racist friends, for the Confederate flag is still perfectly legal, and I will fight to protect the right to fly it, wear it on a hat, put it on a truck bumper or bake it into a cake to be served this Saturday on July 4.

Yep, contrary to what some would have you believe, it’s not illegal anywhere in this country, and I will support your right to proudly display it until I die. Just please understand however, that doing so paints you — right or wrong — with the broad brush of hatred and racism in today’s society, so please be prepared to handle the consequences without resorting to senseless violence thus stereotyping yourself even further.

Hey, did you know the letters in the word “Confederate” can be rearranged to spell “def tone race” or that “redneck racism” can be rearranged as “end crackerism?”

Pretty funny, right?

Oh and, for the record, although I’m sure they exist somewhere in the American ether, I have yet to come across a liberal who thinks the Confederate flag and what it represents is a positive image.

Just sayin’.

Richard Carnes, of Edwards, writes weekly. He can be reached at

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