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Aug 31 2012

General Lee to Be Towed Off to Oblivion

Moonbats dislike America in general, but they truly hate the South. So they are culturally cleansing it out of existence. For example:

The 1969 Dodge Charger from “The Dukes of Hazzard,” known to the world as the General Lee, prominently features the Confederate flag on its roof in the popular 1970s-1980s TV show. Some reports now say the flag will be removed from certain toy versions of the car, and at least one former “Dukes” cast member tells TODAY he’s furious.

Exactly what products might be altered isn’t clear. As reported by ScreenCrush, a poster to HobbyTalk.com’s message board wrote there that he was told by a sales rep for the Tomy toy company that “starting January 1, 2013 all Dukes of Hazzard General Lee vehicles will not be allowed to be produced with the Confederate flag on the top of the vehicle. This directive has been passed onto us from the licensor Warner Brothers.”

A Warner Bros. rep denies the story, but General Lee vehicles with the flag missing or covered up like an obscenity have already appeared.

Actor Ben Jones played the General Lee’s mechanic, Cooter Davenport. He responds:

“More than 33 years since the show premiered on CBS-TV on Friday nights, Warner Bros. has issued a new and terribly insulting attack on the South, a region and a culture which Hollywood has trashed for decades. Some unnamed genius at the company feels that the flag is ‘offensive to some’ and therefore it has no business on a classic TV comedy about a bunch of good ol’ boys and girls in the Southern mountains. This is a new level of ‘P.C.’ idiocy. I don’t know about you, but I am tired of being insulted by morons.”

Jones is fighting a losing battle. Already the General Lee has been banned by NASCAR in the name of being “inclusive.”

It’s the death by 1,000 cuts approach. Who’s going to go to war over a flag on a toy? Then one day you look around and see that every reference to your culture has been deleted.

General-Lee
Soon to be erased.

On a tip from TheWrightWing.

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  • Jim

    I know, let’s put “CHICAGO” on top of the General Lee –
    http://moonbattery.com/?p=16744

  • Joe

    Marketing opportunity. Sell Confederate flag decals to people who want to complete their General Lee model.

  • Nathaniel M
  • Sarge

    Instant collector items available for just a short time, maybe it’s a marketing decision to move product. It worked for Coke 2.

  • IslandLifer

    I spent 3 years in Georgia when I was in the army and no offense to you southern folk I didn’t care too much for it but I respected it’s unique culture and history. This is another disgrace by the weak minded communists to remove Dixie. They may succeed in taking off of the General but in return I believe it will create a backlash. I will now purchase a Dixie truck magnet in support of the southern way of life and I hope I can piss off at least a few communists a day. Sure do miss those black eyed peas and collard greens with ham hock.

  • Nathaniel M
  • snuss

    If the Leftist morons would check their history, they would know that the “Stars and Bars”, the FIRST Confederate national flag, looks like this:

    http://www.confederate-flags.org/confederate%20national%20flags.html

    The SECOND and THIRD (Final)Confederate national flags are shown here:

    http://www.confederate-flags.org/confederate%20national%20flag%201.html

    The flag on top of the General Lee is the Confederate Battle Flag:

    http://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/battlefl.htm

  • Susan K.

    Yes, it looks like they’re trying to erase our culture a little at the time. But, it won’t work….you can’t keep a good Southerner down. We’ve been through thick and thin, but somehow we always stand tall. Yankees move down here thinking they can change us. Nope, we are very unique and we like it that way.

  • QuietMan

    Snuss, maybe it’s time to unfurl the Battle Flag….

  • AC

    Yankee born, southerner by choice.

    Warner Bros. can go to hell.

    Stop buying moonbat entertainment and watch their profits fall.

  • Ghost of FA Hayek

    How can an orange car be racist ?

  • Libtard

    Its a lot worse than that.

    Virtually, every portrait of military actors from the Confederacy, with the exception of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee have been removed from the Smithsonians’s National Museum of American History.

    In and around the Declaration of Independence however, is exhibit after exhibit after exhibit of all things African American.

    Pathetic.

  • Beef

    Our rulers have a true animus for the Confederate flag, and it will no longer be tolerated. If we don’t get rid of our rulers, there will be a lot more that won’t be tolerated.

  • TonyD95B

    I have posted this before – time to post it again……

    My ancestors fought on BOTH sides during The War of Northern Aggression. Most fought for the South.

    The Ever Charming and Effervescent Miss Ann Hart Coulter and, “The Battle Flag”:

    During the Democratic primaries for the 2004 presidential election, Howard Dean set off a tsunami of indignation when he said he wanted to be “the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks” (just like Bill Clinton was the candidate for the guy with the Astro-turf in the bed of his pickup truck). Like clockwork, every presidential election year the Confederate flag becomes a major campaign issue. This always thrills the Democrats, because it finally gives them an issue to run on: Their support for the Union side in the Civil War.

    After Dean’s contretemps, Al Sharpton denounced the Confederate flag as an “American swastika,” saying, “Imagine if I said that I wanted to be the candidate of people with helmets and swastikas.” After briefly con­sidering a personal-injury lawsuit, Senator John Edwards lectured Dean, saying, “Let me tell you, the last thing we need in the South is somebody like you coming down and telling us what we need to do.” John Kerry said he wanted to be “the candidate of the guy whose limo driver keeps a Con­federate flag in the back window of his Towne Car” and Dennis Kucinich said he wanted to be “the candidate for the guys in the low-emission hy­brid vehicles with the Confederate flags in them.”

    At first, Dean refused to apologize, prolonging the Democrats’ joyous self-righteousness. Dean defended himself saying, “I think the Confeder­ate flag is a racist symbol” — apparently under the impression that it would help matters to explain that, yes, in fact, he did want to be the candidate of racists. But eventually Dean buckled and said it was Republicans’ fault: “I think there are a lot of poor people who fly that flag because the Republicans have been dividing us by race since 1968 with their Southern race strategy.” Carol Moseley Braun backed him up, saying the Democrats needed to “get past that racist strategy that the Republicans have foisted upon this country.” Okay, so just for the record, this was Carol Moseley Braun urging someone not to play a race card.

    In fact and needless to say, it is the Democrats who have turned the Confederate flag into a federal issue, because they relish nothing more than being morally indignant. Not about abortion, adultery, illegiti­macy, the divorce rate, or a president molesting an intern and lying to federal investigators. Indeed, not about anything of any practical conse­quence. Democrats stake out a clear moral position only on the issue of slavery. Of course, when it mattered, they were on the wrong side of that issue, too.

    In addition to expressing outrage over a nonissue, Democrats take sadistic pleasure in telling blacks that everyone hates them. Demonstrat­ing their famous appreciation of “nuance,” liberals believe the Confederate flag is pure evil and anyone who flies the flag is pure evil — and George Bush is a moron who sees the world in simplistic black-and-white terms of good and evil. I guess that’s what liberals mean by “nuance.”

    Despite recent revisionist history written by liberal know-nothings — the “nuance” devotees — the Civil War did not pit pure-of-heart Yankees against a mob of vicious racist Southerners. If it had, the North might not have fought so hard to keep Southerners as their fellow countrymen. Pres­ident Lincoln — the Great Emancipator himself — wrote to the editor of the New York Tribune in August 1862, “If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that.” Indeed, Lincoln did not even issue the Emancipa­tion Proclamation until well into the Civil War, and then largely as a war tactic. Yes, the South had slaves. Martin Luther King was an adulterer. Life is messy.

    In his second inaugural address, Lincoln said the Civil War was God’s retribution to both the North and the South for the institution of slavery. By allowing slavery to continue past God’s appointed time, Lincoln said, all of us had sinned: God “gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came.” Jerry Falwell, please pick up the white courtesy phone. Jerry Falwell… If only Falwell had said the9/11 terrorist attack was God’s retribution for abortion, sodomy, and slav­ery, maybe liberals wouldn’t have been so snippy. Six hundred thousand white men died to end the offense to God of slavery. Never have so many died to prove what “all men are created equal” means. God have mercy on us when the country is called to account for abortion.

    What is commonly known as the “Confederate flag” — by Vermonters, for example — is the Southern Cross, the battle flag Confederate troops carried into the field. It was not the official flag of the Confederacy and never flew over any Confederate buildings. It was the flag of the Confed­erate army.

    The great Confederate general Robert E. Lee opposed slavery and freed his slaves. Lee fought on the Confederate side because Virginia was his home and he thought Virginia had the right to be wrong. Lee was an honorable man as well as a great general. His men followed him, many of them hungry and barefoot, because of his personal qualities and because they lived in the South — not because they held a brief for slavery. Shelby Foote describes perplexed Union soldiers asking a captured Confederate, poor and shoeless, why he was fighting when he clearly didn’t own any slaves. The soldier answered, “Because you’re down here.” Indeed, a small number of blacks served in the Confederate army, presumably for reasons other than their vigorous support of slavery. At an abstract level, of course, the war was about slavery, but that’s not why the soldiers fought. They didn’t own slaves — their honor is really inviolate.

    And they were good soldiers. The Confederate battle flag is a symbol of military valor, a separation from the “Do as I say, not as I do” North. It symbolizes what F. Scott Fitzgerald called a romantic lost cause fought by charming people. Ask any male who ever played Civil War games as a boy if there was a marked preference for one side or the other. Invariably, little boys fight bitterly over who gets to play the Confederates. This obviously has nothing whatsoever to do with slavery: The preference for the South is based purely on the military criteria of little boys. Soldiers in the Confed­erate army were simply cooler than those in the Union army. They had better uniforms, better songs, and better generals. And they had the rebel yell. Who would you rather be — J.E.B. Stuart in the dashing gray uniform and a plume in his hat or some clodhopper from Maine?

    The Civil War was hideous as only civil wars can be. But the victors al­lowed the vanquished to go home knowing they had done their duty with unsurpassed courage and devotion. Because the South was treated with honor and respect, the war did not degenerate into an unending guerrilla war, as has happened with other nations’ civil wars. Confederate soldiers became a romantic army of legend, not sullen losers.

    When Confederate soldiers surrendered their arms, the Union general accepting the surrender, Joshua Chamberlain, ordered his men to salute the defeated army. In response, Confederate general John Gordon reared his horse and — as Chamberlain described it — “horse and rider made one motion, the horse’s head swung down with a graceful bow and General Gordon dropped his sword point to his toe in salutation.” General Ulysses S. Grant drew up generous surrender papers for Lee to sign, precluding trials for treason. After Lee had signed, General Grant ordered Union troops to turn over a portion of their food rations to hungry Confederate troops. Years later, Lee would allow his students to say no unkind words about Grant, calling him a great man who had honored the dignity of the South. When the news came to Washington that Robert E. Lee had sur­rendered, President Lincoln came out on the White House lawn to an­nounce the South’s defeat. He asked the band to play “Dixie.” This was an unbelievable way to end a war — and ensured that it really did end. Win­ston Churchill described the Civil War as the “last war fought between gentlemen.” (Perhaps F. Scott Fitzgerald and Churchill should be banned along with the Confederate flag.)

    It is the proud military heritage of the South that the Confederate flag represents — a heritage that belongs to all Southerners, both black and white. The whole country’s military history is shot through with South­erners. Obviously boys from all over fought in this country’s wars, and fought bravely, but it is simply a fact that Southerners are overrepresented in this country’s heroic annals.

    These are just some of the sons of the South:

    •Sergeant Alvin York, who received the Medal of Honor in World War I for leading seven men to capture 128 Germans, including four officers, was from Tennessee.
    •The most decorated soldier of World War II, Audie Murphy, was from Texas.
    •The first Marine awarded the Medal of Honor in World War II, Hank Elrod, was from Georgia.
    •General Lucius Clay, commander of the Berlin Airlift, was from Georgia.
    •General Dwight Eisenhower was born in Texas.
    •Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, the Pacific commander in chief of the Navy during World War II, was from Texas.
    •General Douglas MacArthur, who commanded Allied forces in World War II in the Southwest Pacific, was from Arkansas.
    •General William Westmoreland, commander of U.S. troops in Vietnam, was from South Carolina.
    •Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller, considered by many to be the greatest Marine ever and the only Marine to be awarded the Navy Cross five times for heroism and gallantry in combat, was from Virginia.
    •Tommy Franks, the army general who led the attack on the Taliban in Afghanistan after the attack of 9/11, grew up in Texas.
    •Famous draft-dodger Bill Clinton was from Arkansas — showing once again that the exception proves the rule.

    Phil Caputo, author of the anti-Vietnam book Rumor of War, was one of the first Marines in Vietnam. He says all his best soldiers were South­erners: They could walk for hours and hit anything — as he puts it — just like their Confederate grandfathers.

    In his book about World War II, Citizen Soldiers, Stephen Ambrose tells of the amazing feats of Lieutenant Waverly Wray from Batesville, Mississippi: “A Baptist, each month he sent half his pay home to help build a new church. He never swore…. He didn’t drink, smoke, or chase girls. Some troopers called him ‘The Deacon,’ but in an admiring rather than critical way.” With his “Deep South religious convictions,” Wray’s worst curse was to exclaim “John Brown!” — referring to the abolitionist whose actions helped spark the Civil War. Wray single-handedly killed eight German officers by sneaking up on them “like the deer stalker he was,” Ambrose writes. “You don’t get more than one Wray to a division, or even to an army.” There was only one like him in World War I, Ambrose reports — “also a Southern boy.”

    The love of home that motivated Confederate soldiers would be trans­muted generations later into a virulent patriotism in the South. James Webb, former secretary of the navy, describes Southern soldiers in his mil­itary novels whispering “and for the South” under their breath when say­ing their duty to their country (as if Southerners need to be reminded not to commit treason). They die at war not for Old Glory, “but for this ves­tige of lost hope called the South.” When General George Pickett rallied his men before their history-making charge at Gettysburg, all he had to say was “Don’t forget today that you are from old Virginia.”

    The majority of military bases in the continental United States are named after Confederate officers — Fort Bragg, Fort Benning, Fort Hood, Fort Polk, Fort Rucker. Are you beginning to see the pattern? Or consider this: When was the last time you heard a GI being interviewed on TV who didn’t have a Southern accent? These are the guys who are in the mil­itary when there isn’t even a war. It is career military people — largely Southerners — who are left with the job of drafting fresh-faced kids from civilian life and whipping them into shape when it’s time to go to war. Southerners are truly America’s warrior class.

    This is a shared cultural ethic among all Southerners, not just the “Sons of the Confederacy.” And there are, incidentally, black members of “Sons of the Confederacy.” In February 2003, just a few months before the Democrats were working themselves into a lather over Dean’s remark about the Confederate flag, a Confederate funeral was held for Rich­ard Quarls, whose unmarked grave had recently been unearthed. The memorial service was organized by the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Though Quarls had died in 1925, the service was packed with about 150 people, including Quarls’s descendants, community leaders, Civil War reenactors, and Confederate daughters. They sang “Dixie.” Quarls’s great-granddaughter told the newspapers, “He was a proud man and would have been honored to see this.” The honored man was a former slave who had fought for the Confederacy.

    The disproportionate number of blacks in the military is a reflection of the disproportionate number of Southerners in the military. Five black Marines were posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for their ser­vice in Vietnam. In mind-boggling acts of heroism, they actually dove on exploding enemy grenades to protect their comrades. This is what they were trained to do. Three of the five were from the South.

    In 2001, about 30 percent of blacks in Mississippi voted to keep the 1894 state flag, which displays the Confederate flag in the upper left cor­ner. As Larry Elder has noted, would 30 percent of Jews vote to keep a swastika on a state flag? After touring the South, General Colin Powell concluded that there was no impediment to a black being elected presi­dent in America, noting that he received his strongest support from white Southerners.

    Slavery is among the ugliest chapters in this nation’s history — the ugli­est after abortion, which Democrats will get around to opposing in the year 3093. But it was not unique to this country and it was not unique to the South. The American flag could more plausibly be said to symbolize slavery than can the Confederate flag. Slavery was legal under the Stars and Stripes for more than seventy years — far longer than any Confeder­ate flag ever flew. The Ku Klux Klan did not begin using the Confederate flag until the fifties. Before that, they flew the Stars and Stripes. White-supremacist nuts living in their mothers’ basements don’t have a copyright to the Confederate battle flag any more than they own the copyright for the Chevy pickup truck or the Christian cross — another symbol appropri­ated by the Klan.

    And why does native African kinte cloth get a free pass? It is a histor­ical fact that American slaves were purchased from their slave masters in Africa, where slavery exists in some parts to this day. Indeed, slavery is the only African institution America has ever adopted. But while some Amer­icans express pride in their slave-trading ancestors by calling themselves “African-Americans” and donning African garb, pride in Confederate an­cestors is deemed a hate crime. Perhaps, in a bid for the Catholic vote, Democrats could demand that those Masonic symbols be removed from the Great Seal of the United States. And how about the American eagle? The eagle is a bird of prey and hence offensive to rodents, a key Democrat constituency.

    It is a vicious slander against the South to claim the Confederate battle flag represents admiration for slavery. It is pride in the South — having nothing to do with race — and its honorable military history that the Con­federate battle flag represents, values that exist independently of the insti­tution of slavery. Anyone who has ever met a Texan has an inkling of what Southern pride is about. Ever heard of a bar fight starting because some­body said something derogatory about the North? The battle flag symbol­izes an ethic and honor that belongs to all the sons of the South.

    Liberals love to cluck their tongues at such admiration for militaristic values. (The only time liberals pretend to like the military is when they claim to love soldiers so much they don’t want them to get hurt fighting a war.) We do well to remember that it was disproportionately Southern­ers — some wearing Confederate battle flags under their uniforms — who formed the backbone of the military that threw back tyrants from Adolf Hitler to Saddam Hussein. Somebody had to engage in all those insane, mind-boggling acts of heroism, and it wasn’t going to be graduates of Horace Mann High School (Anthony Lewis’s alma mater). It was gradu­ates of places like the Citadel and the Virginia Military Institute.

    Every year after the war was over, Civil War veterans used to return to Gettysburg to reenact the famous battle. On the 50th anniversary, as the Confederate veterans began reenacting Pickett’s charge, the Northerners burst into tears and ran down the hill to embrace the Rebels, overcome with emotion at how insanely brave Pickett’s charge had been. That’s how much Union soldiers respected Confederate soldiers. Man for man, the Confederate army was the greatest army the world had ever seen. It is outrageous for Northern liberals and race demagogues to try to turn the Confederate battle flag into a badge of shame, in the process spitting on America’s gallant warrior class.

  • Mr Evilwrench

    That right there is an example of thinking and trying to understand too much. Liberals are so much more intellectual and introspective than we are, don’t you understand? With all their nuance and whatnot, they’re able to get to their conclusions so fast it merely looks to us unenlightened as if their knees are jerking.

  • louie

    Very nice, Tony. And informative as well. Thanks!

  • TonyD95B

    As Robert E. Lee wrote:

    “In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, that slavery as an institution, is a moral & political evil in any Country. It is useless to expatiate on its disadvantages. I think it however a greater evil to the white man than to the black race, & while my feelings are strongly enlisted in behalf of the latter, my sympathies are more strong for the former. The blacks are immeasurably better off here than in Africa, morally, socially & physically. The painful discipline they are undergoing, is necessary for their instruction as a race, & I hope will prepare & lead them to better things. How long their subjugation may be necessary is known & ordered by a wise Merciful Providence.”

    Letter to his wife, Mary Anne Lee (27 December 1856)

  • ant

    Liberals are threatened by a pattern on a piece of cloth or toy car but they think it’s safe to send female reporters amongst the barbarians in Egypt. Demented.

  • http://www.henrypbabcock.com Henry

    Bookmark this comment.

    Over 90% of respondents to an online poll, indicate they want the Stars and Bars to remain atop the General Lee. Warner Bros. might be seeing the error in their decision and what a disaster it would be to their bottom line. Yet, I believe the progs at WB still want to be rid of the Confederate Battle Flag.

    So, with the new Dukes movie coming out, how does WB reconcile the the absence of the flag with the fans? My prediction is the original General Lee will be destroyed in a fiery explosion and upgraded to something more contemporary (ala Daisy Duke’s jeep) with a flimsy explanation of why the flag cannot be added to the top of the new vehicle.

    I also predict it will still be a marketing disaster for WB, and will relish the wailing of the execs at WB when they realize the mistake they have made.

  • tek

    If you remove the flag, then it’s not the General Lee any more.

    I greatly object to the idea of sanitizing things from the past like this. While Dukes of Hazzard was hardly high art, I think it should be maintained as is.

    The cartoons I grew up on are now either censored, or simply not available to be seen any more. Early Sesame Street episodes sold on DVD now come with a warning that they may not be suitable for children.

    This sort of political correctness is absurd.

  • deadpool

    I really preferred Catherine Bach on top of General Lee anyway, Of course thats probably racist to the LGBT crowd too.

  • Jack Reid

    WTF!!!!!!!

  • http://cootersplace.com Ben Jones

    Hey Moonbattery,
    Ol’Cooter isn’t going to stop fighting because somebody says the fight is over or is already lost. It should be noted that Warner Bros. backed down after thousands of people overwhelmed them with petitions, e-mails, and phonecalls. A national poll at today.com ran over ten to one to keep the flag. So maybe the wind is shifting towards common sense on the issue of Southern heritage, perhaps because of the Sesquicentennial.
    Check out the New York Times “Wheels” section. Even the NYT is hip to the reaction. The London Daily Mail ran with the story, too.
    And for friend and foe alike, the flag on the car and the flag most prominently displayed is the 2nd Naval Jack. The various battle flags which used the St. Andrew’s Cross, tended to be shaped in a square, whereas the 2nd Naval Jack was, and is, rectangular.
    The South, and all its people, is always rising.
    Good job,
    Ben Jones aka “Cooter”

  • SNuss

    Ben, I enjoyed your performance as “Cooter”, but weren’t you elected to Congress as a DEMOCRAT, the same party that blindly supports this kind of PC garbage?

    Hopefully, you have had a political revelation in your life. Kind regards,

  • http://blog.cutthemalarkey.com Vic Kelley

    Thanks for posting this sad story. Your last sentence, “Then one day you look around and see that every reference to your culture has been deleted.” scares the crap out of me.

  • http://cootersplace.com Ben Jones

    Hey SNuss,
    Glad you enjoyed the show. As for my “political revelation”, it came quite early, when I realized that there were enough true believers, arrogant twits, suckers born every minute, wingnuts, and b.s. artists to supply both major American political parties interminably and to daily provide copious amounts of satirical material to pundits of every stripe.
    “In politics,” Twain remarked, “I am a mugwump. I am educated beyond my intelligence.”

    Ben Jones

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