Dual Citizenship by Morgan Gates
I am a patriotic American and proud of it. I am Born in the USA, just like Bruce Springsteen! I am American made in 1958, that makes me “a classic”! I am however a citizen of another country as well and I love that country as well and I visit it quite often. There are many American citizens that hold dual citizenship (United States and Great Britain for example). Does that mean they love one country more than another? Not necessarily. Many of us routinely love equally. Our children being a prime example. I have twin daughters both are beautiful (like their mother) both are smart (like their father 😊) as much as they are alike they are different yet I love them the same. Just like I love my two daughters, I love my two countries! Yet when I display the flag of my other country it is somehow considered controversial by some. Perhaps because they were once at war with each other a long time ago but then again, the U.S. and Great Britain were at war once upon a time (actually twice upon a time). But if I put a Union Jack on my truck I doubt it would raise many eyebrows.
I’m sure you have figured out by now that my second country is the Old South. As a lover of history and a man who regularly teaches others about the history of the Old South, I feel a special kinship with this bygone era. I am not alone in this sentiment I meet people nearly every day from far flung corners of the world that see the south both then and now as a special place. Yet both Memphis and New Orleans are removing (or trying to) reminders of the Old South and my home state, Mississippi, is routinely criticized by the mouthpieces of the left and the timid for displaying a Confederate Battle Flag (it was never the national flag of the Confederacy and was only used as battle flag by a handful of units) in its state flag. By the same token no one seems to mind that Texas is still using the “Lone Star” (a symbol of its time as an independent republic) in its flag or California its Bear (again a symbol of independence), so why are the so called Confederate emblems such a problem for some? Let’s examine a few arguments against them.
We remember the suffering and sacrifice of those (U.S.) Americans who served each year on Memorial Day, May 29th this year, but what of my brave soldiers of the Confederacy (My second country – which exists only in memory today) should they be forgotten because they lost? Remember, by all common sense of the day, we should have lost the American Revolution! No, their sacrifice is no less because they lost and they too have a Memorial Day, Monday April 24th is Confederate Memorial Day this year in Mississippi (it varies somewhat elsewhere 4/26 is most common) so I ask all citizens of the Old South to take a moment this week and remember the sacrifices of those men of another century, many of whom were our ancestors biologically or culturally, who stood in defiance and defense and lost! Their sacrifice being no less because of it. You see you too can have dual citizenship, loving one does not mean you love the other less.
A statement of my personal belief: I refuse to be told by the un-informed to forget or deny my heritage! I believe it was a tragedy that the Civil War happened but it did. I believe in my heart that we are better off today because the South did not prevail but I have the advantage of 152 years of hindsight.