My @Quora answer to Should the flying of the Confederate flag be declared an act of racism and treason? http://qr.ae/7brAPG
Flying the confederate flag isn’t and shouldn’t be considered an act of treason when done by an individual.
Because: First Amendment to the US Constitution.
Flying a flag is a form of speech, and thus is protected.
It’s an entirely different issue when done as a government, but for individuals, as much as I despise the mindset behind such things, they have a Right to speak and if We arbitrarily and capriciously deny their Right to that speech… Who’s next?
I’m pretty blatantly outspoken and I’m not one to “just shut up” because the truth is uncomfortable. If we silence these individuals; where, precisely, do We draw that bright line? Worse, who gets to declare where that bright line lies now? Who gets to declare where that bright line lands in the future?
From one of our founders:
“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.”
This is a great reason in and of itself to have Rights which, though the expression may be abhorent to some, are just as absolute as they can be made.
Here’s another great reason to continue to allow such speech;
It gives me an absolutely wonderful tool with which to identify, and avoid doing business with folks who hold pedantic, divisive, and oppressive views. They’re basically ratting themselves out to me as being Assholes who are unfit to benefit from my money. Will my little bit of cash matter? Nope. Not enough to make any difference… But what if a few hundred thousand folks, or a few million, take the same attitude?