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Posted by MEC on February 19, 2007

The Confederate flag is a “third rail” in America’s culture war. If you don’t condemn state-sponsored display of the flag, you get beat up by the people who believe it’s a symbol of the “Southern Heritage” of slavery and racism. If you do condemn it, you lose the people who believe it’s a symbol of “Southern Heritage” (but not of slavery and racism).

Today Hillary Clinton was asked the Confederate Flag Question. She didn’t sidestep it, didn’t equivocate, and didn’t surrender to the forced choice. She reframed the issue.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that South Carolina should remove the Confederate flag from its Statehouse grounds, in part because the nation should unite under one banner while at war.

“I think about how many South Carolinians have served in our military and who are serving today under our flag and I believe that we should have one flag that we all pay honor to, as I know that most people in South Carolina do every single day.”

If you support the Confederate flag, you don’t support the troops.

Can anybody remember a better example of turning the other side’s “strength” against it?

One Response to “Reframing”

  1. Now that’s more like it, Hillary!

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