Republican leaders in the South such as Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley who have taken a vocal stand against the Confederate flag and Southern heritage are at odds with most Americans (57%) on the issue, three-quarters of White Southerners (75%) and a growing number of Republican voters. According to a Gallup poll, support among self-identified Republicans for the Southern banner is now at 78%, up from 75% in 1992.
To his credit, Republican Rep. Michael A. Pitts of Laurens County, South Carolina fought with a small group of pro-Southern Republicans against Black Democrats and anti-Southern White Republicans to save the Confederate flag. Representative Pitts has shown rare leadership among Republicans in defense of the vast majority of his constituents. GOP Rep. Christopher A. Corley recently proposed before the legislature that the Confederate flag at the South Carolina Statehouse be replaced with a white banner of surrender as “the unofficial symbol of the Republican Party.”
Governor Nikki Haley, who kick-started the campaign among pro-Big Business Republicans to side with Black Leftists in eliminating Confederate symbols, celebrated last night as the GOP-controlled House voted to yank down the Southern flag from a memorial honoring the thousands of SC troops who died defending the South. Haley called it “a new day” but it appears much like the post war days of the 1860s when the Republicans sided with Northern “Money Power” (as described by SC Senator Robert B. Rhett) and Black Leftists against the interests of Southern Whites.