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Next President of the United Fates of America
Quote:Jim Webb: Confederate Flag 'Should Not Be Used' as a 'Political Symbol That Divides Us'

Ben Graham | 17 hours ago

Former Virginia senator Jim Webb (D) weighed in on the fate of the Confederate Flag today. His view is one that is most unexpected for a Democrat who is pondering a presidential run in 2016. He defended both the flag and the honor of Confederate soldiers.
This isn’t Webb’s first time standing up for the men who fought with the Confederacy. In 1990, he said that the soldiers were “misunderstood by most Americans” and recognized them for “enormous suffering and collective gallantry.”
But, the political climate now is very different from what it was at the time of that speech, with the nation now in pain from the Charleston massacre and the division of opinion on the symbolism behind the flag.
In a Facebook post, Webb acknowledges that it is an “emotional time” but he says that Americans need to “respect the complicated history” of America’s Civil War. Despite the “wrongful use” of the flag for “racist purposes.”
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RE: Next President of the United Fates of America - by Wook - 06-25-2015, 10:45 AM

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