After the conference I spent a couple of days in Kentucky, visiting Mammoth Caves and exploring the rural areas. While there, I bought a cap featuring the Confederate battle flag. Because of the amount of effort the armies of darkness (the Left) put into banning the rebel flag, I consider it a symbol of freedom of speech. Whether or not one can wear it is a litmus test of our liberties in the U.S.
A lot of people wear the rebel flag every day and think nothing of it. But I’m from the Northwest, where it is considered unacceptable and offensive. On my return trip, I visited four airports: Nashville, Dallas, Seattle and Portland. I’m pleased to say that nobody seemed to be bothered by it in Nashville; there was even one other man wearing a rebel t-shirt. He was a Yankee like me, though of Southern roots. In Dallas I got one or two looks from people waiting to travel to Seattle, but nobody said anything. People were especially kind to me in Seattle, but then again, that’s the way most people are there anyway. I did get a couple of “how can you wear that” looks in Seattle, but again, nobody said anything. There were no reactions in Portland – but I was only there a few minutes.
Taken together with our successful conference, I conclude that we still have our freedom of speech. Let’s use it!