Before I get to the meat of this first amendment argument I am going to make a point. See the picture on the left. The flag on the top is the first official flag of the Confederacy. The flag on the bottom is the Battle Flag for the Army of Northern Virginia, not the Confederate flag. Again, that is an important distinction between the two. The Confederate flag, or the stars and bars, stands for something completely different from the battle flag for the Army of Northern Virginia, which was the Army of Robert E. Lee. The battle flag has morphed itself into a symbol of reckneckery that shows pride in the south and southern roots. It stands for the bravery and solidarity of hard-working, fighting men. Too many people try to politicize what this flag means. Would that the Civil War never happened this battle flag would probably survived into the regular U.S. Army somewhere. But that was not the case and now revisionist historians and the uneducated liken this flag to slavery, forgetting that most of the men fighting for the south had neither slaves, nor the desire to own such slaves. They forget the northerners didn’t feel like they were fighting for slavery either. The point is lost on liberal fools, too wound up in their own pretentious beliefs to actually find some truth.
Now to the case at hand, which interestingly enough deals with this bottom flag in the picture. Now it seems that up in Oregon, yeah I know it is a bit far to the north for this kind of thing generally, a gentleman was fired from his job as a school bus driver for displaying this flag. Okay, I get it no political speech in the workplace. Right. What? Wrong? Yeah, this guy was fired from his job for flying the battle flag, with the word REDNECK emblazoned across the front of it from his personal vehicle.
Now, I don’t know how they bus in your district, city, state, but where I live the bus driver picks up his bus at the depot in the morning and leaves his car there until he drops his bus off. That means he doesn’t tow his car and his battle flag behind him while he rounds up children on their merry way to school. But since his personal vehicle was parked on school property, they felt they had the right to fire him for what they called the expression of his redneck lifestyle.
Good thing for the First Amendment a judge has ruled that the case can go forward and should go forward as a violation of the first Amendment. I know, some may find what he did tactless, tasteless, and some believe it is racist. But, the speech that needs the most protection under the constitution is the speech we tend to find the most offensive. Once you let the politically correct media, police, enforcers of good and right decide what can and cannot be said you are starting down the narrow path to limiting rights. First, we all agree that hate speech is bad, so we ban it. Then, we expand what is hate speech. Next, we criminalize that speech with penalties, fines, and jail time. Finally, we again expand what can or cannot be said, to protect the right of others. This goes on in a circular matter until we are living in a totalitarian state, afraid to say anything for fear of wounding anyone with our words. With words, that is rich. Words may hurt or sting, but they leave no lasting marks if you are willing to shake them off and get on with your life. Even if they are hurtful or you don’t agree with them, surely you understand the need to be able to express all views, not just the popularly correct view. I certainly hope that you do.