By Randy Tate
Defense Secretary Mark Esper signed an order Thursday banning the flying and/or display of Confederate flags on U.S. military installations.
The order, of course, was nothing short of a virtue-signaling sop to radical Left-wing BLM types who pretend like there has been no progress in civil rights and equality since 1865.
But overall, the order is far less meaningful than it initially appears.
The Department of Defense has banned the display of Confederate flags from military bases and other installations.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said in a memo issued to members of the military on Friday that only certain flags are allowed to be flown.
The Confederate flag was not among them.
'We must always remain focused on what unifies us, our sworn oath to the Constitution and our shared duty to defend the nation,' Esper wrote. 'The flags we fly must accord with the military imperatives of good order and discipline, treating all our people with dignity and respect, and rejecting divisive symbols.'
The flags that are allowed include any state flags, military service flags, and the prisoner of war/missing in action flag.
Flags of countries the United States is an ally or partner of or flags for official purposes, are also allowed, as are flags of groups the United States is a member of like NATO.
The other flags listed include general officer flags, president-appointed and Senate-confirmed civilian flags, and senior executive service and military department-specific service flags.
Okay. So no more Confederate flags at U.S. military bases.
The thing is, Confederate flags weren’t flying on U.S. military bases or on U.S. military installations in the first place.
So maybe a much better thing for Esper to have done was simply reiterate what flags are approved to be shown and flown and leave it at that.
Instead of appearing to have been pushed into the decision by Marxist radicals who hate the U.S. military in the first place, along with its current commander-in-chief, and who are never going to be satisfied with either of them no matter how much virtue signaling takes place.
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