By PETER MAURICE
(Editor’s Note: Peter Maurice has written for Gilbert magazine.)
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“No one should ever drive by the statehouse and feel pain.” Given the reaction to Gov. Nikki Haley’s remark, it may appear in a future edition of Bartlett’s. Her lament and the consequent removal of the Confederate flag have garnered praise from quarters high and low. Bloggers and twitterers have lauded Haley for purging the Palmetto State of “the American swastika.”
Nia-Malika Henderson of CNN Politics calls the governor “the face of the new South,” the face that “stared down hate and history.” Packer Gage, Romney’s former deputy campaign manager, espies in the rising star “a strong vice-presidential candidate…maybe she should run for president.”
Most of the Republican contenders, still jostling for elbow room at the first debate, did not go that far; they were, however, quick to lisp her praise. Following this shower of accolades, other statespersons, predictably, have found their voices: not only the detested flag, but all mementos of the Confederacy — street names, squares, monuments, and statuary, even works of art — must go.
By now voices sufficient to perform a Handel oratorio have joined the condemnation chorus. But I’ll limit my attention to that of Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans — for two reasons. First, His Honor presides over the city where I grew up, and I am therefore alert to whatever threatens its destruction, be it a hurricane, an oil spill, or the verbal crude exuded by the political class. Second, the mayor’s remarks, in a very competitive field, stand out for their pandering and vacuity. … Continue Reading