Ever since he took office, Barack Hussein Obama has been trying to ban the Confederate flag. Now that we’re all distracted by the election, Obama thinks he has finally found the perfect opportunity to carry out this agenda.
According to American News, Obama’s Department of Veterans Affairs is working to ban prominent displays of the Confederate flag in cemeteries funded by federal tax dollars. Though Congress has rejected this change, Obama has decided to move forward with it anyway, with the White House saying it was unilaterally imposing the restrictions.
This push is being led by Rep. Jared Huffman, who joined with several other Democrats to put pressure on the VA over the issue. Huffman wrote a letter to the VA this summer encouraging the Department to make a decision on the matter. Ronald Walters, who is currently the undersecretary for memorial affairs, responded to this letter last Friday.
“We are aware of the concerns of those who wish to see Confederate flags removed from public venues because they are perceived by many as a symbol of racial intolerances,” Walters claimed, going on to confirm that the Veterans Affairs Department would be making changes. “In particular, we will amend our police to make clear that Confederate flags will not be displayed from any permanently fixed flagpole in a national cemetery at any time.”
This new policy is scheduled to go into effect later this year. Though private individuals or groups can still put smaller versions of the flag or its image on individual graves, they will only be allowed to do so with private funding.
“While racist individuals and groups continue to embrace the Confederate battle flag, it has never been more clear that this anachronistic symbol of hatred, slavery, and insurrection should not be promoted or gratuitously displayed on federal property,” Huffman argued. “That’s why I am so grateful that the Department of Veterans Affairs responded to our letter and to public concerns and decided to prohibit the large-scale display of Confederate flags on our national Veterans cemeteries.”
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