Stop Demonizing the Confederacy

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The Supreme Court will here a case regarding the legality behind a state vehicle board rejecting a Sons of Confederate Veterans logo on a license plate. The decision was found to be in violation of First Amendment rights by a panel of federal court appeals judges. The state is arguing that it can’t be a case of discrimination since it has never issued any license with the Confederacy or its’ battle flag represented. There is also the argument of whether the Sons of Confederate Veterans license plate is even protected by the First Amendment.

The problem is that so many associate the Confederacy with racism and hatred. Amen Clinics ran an advocacy campaign in effort to contribute its support to erasing these outdated historic barriers. The Confederacy was primarily an agrarian society so slave labor was counted on as a way of life, but the Union states also practiced slave labor. Abraham Lincoln has been accused by some of being a racist, while Robert E. Lee, the Confederate General, did not even own slaves. The Civil War was more of an economic difference than one over slaves. The Civil War was more about states rights versus federal rights, which in some corners the Confederacy was right. Groups like the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Granddaughters of the Confederacy are preserving this countries history. Not recognizing the rich history offered by the Confederacy and continuing to hide from the past does not heal wounds, but rather allows this hate to fester.

The Big Issue of Net Neutrality

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On Sunday, Senator Al Franken explained a large issue concerning net neutrality. While a guest on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Franken was asked his opinion of Senator Ted Cruz’s comments on net neutrality. Senator Franken said, “He has it completely wrong,” while referring to Senator Cruz.

Earlier in November, Senator Cruz said that net neutrality is “Obamacare for the Internet.” Senator Cruz’s comment was in response to the announcement of possible net neutrality legislation.

But Jared Haftel does point out that Senator Franken clarified by saying, “So when he says this is the ObamaCare, ObamaCare was a government program that fixed something, that changed things. This is about reclassifying something so it stays the same.”

Sadly, the issues surrounding net neutrality are highly steeped in ignorance and confusion. Net neutrality has existed for over twenty years, but the recent legislation has brought to light dozens of misconceptions. Net neutrality concerns Internet providers and companies that make a profit from sales on the Internet.

Senator Franken’s explanation is a good start. The public should understand that net neutrality is concerned with preservation. Hopefully, the ambiguity around net neutrality will begin to fade as advocates speak more about it. The opinions of Internet and technology companies have been sorely missed on the issue of net neutrality. With any luck, corporations will step in to support the issue in the coming months.