It’s not the outward imagery that’s important; it’s what lies in the heart.
Harvey Brought Out the Best in Us
The response by ordinary citizens to the devastation that Hurricane Harvey wreaked upon Houston, Texas — and continues to do — is a testament to America’s giving nature. When tragedy strikes, we’re generous of our time, talent, and resources.
As a friend succinctly put it, “We are seeing the worst of Mother Nature, and the best of human nature.”
Although state and federal agencies are out in full force, assisted by local first responders and private relief organizations, it’s the sight of ordinary citizens descending upon the area like a D-Day flotilla in every manner of watercraft — from Jet Skis to airboats — risking their own lives to save those of strangers that warms the heart.
The South Has Risen Again
Take a closer look at the heroic scenes and you may notice something else — Confederate flags.
At least one of those thrown-together rescue craft was festooned with the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy, proudly blowing in the tropical storm that Harvey has become as it continues to dump feet — not inches — of rainfall upon the city.
Houston’s demographics are diverse — 49.3 percent combined white, Hispanic and Latino, and 25.3 percent African-American, according to the 2000 census. But just as the rescuers never said, “whites only,” the rescued didn’t balk about who was coming to save their lives.
And witnesses took photos and posted them to social media. Here are just a few examples:
Because of the violence that took over Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month — resulting in the death of a 32-year-old woman at the hands of a white supremacist — the nation has embarked upon a mission to eliminate all outward signs of the Confederacy from the national landscape.
Houston represents the first pause in that frenzy — at least for that city — and no one is the least upset about the flag’s presence. Their thoughts are on the basics — food, shelter, and the warmth of human contact.
What of Antifa, Black Lives Matter?
Two groups noticeably absent from Houston are Antifa and Black Lives Matter supporters. But that doesn’t mean they’ve been silent.
Antifa rioters were busy pepper-spraying and bashing the heads of Trump supporters in Berkeley, California. The violence there was sufficiently intense that even the left-leaning Washington Post couldn’t remain silent about it.
Black Lives Matter, known for its anti-law enforcement stance (“Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon”) meanwhile, demonstrated in Reno, Nevada and Seattle, Washington.
Meanwhile, lawmakers in states other than Texas are still furiously trying to eradicate those parts of American history that they claim offends them.
Florida State Sen. Lauren Book, a Democrat from Plantation, got her 15 minutes of fame last week by filing a bill to ban all Confederate holidays. Someone has way too much time on her hands.
International studies have consistently found that the United States ranks among the least racist nations on Earth. Apparently the good people of Houston are the only Americans who know that.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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