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Let's give credit where credit is due: The Confederate flag is coming down from the SC state capitol grounds!!!

Following the Charleston, SC, church shooting, voices across the nation began to demand the Confederate flag be removed from the grounds of the SC state capitol.  And now, some Republican heavyweights have added their voices to the call to remove the flag.  

The author of this blog has been giving Republicans hell for their refusal to call the shootings racially-motivated.

Now that prominent Republicans are calling for the removal of the flag, it's time to give them credit for taking a step that likely will lose them votes from some of the loons in the GOP "base."

Senator Lindsey Graham (R, SC) to call for the Confederate flag to come down.
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham will call Monday for the removal of the confederate flag from state grounds, a source familiar with the decision told CNN.
Graham, a 2016 presidential candidate, will make his announcement during a press conference with South Carolina's Republican governor, Nikki Haley, at 4 p.m. Monday.

Jeb!  says the Confederate flag needs to come down.

JUST IN: @JebBush believes the Confederate Flag should be taken down at South Carolina Capitol, his camp tells @ABC

SC Governor Nikki Haley to hold press conference at 4:00 PM today with Senator Lindsey Graham; she is expected to call for the flag to come down.

COLUMBIA, SC - Gov. Nikki Haley plans a news conference Monday afternoon amid growing speculation that South Carolina leaders are ready to call for removing the Confederate flag from the State House grounds.
Haley, a Lexington Republican, is meeting with state political leaders Monday ahead of her 4 p.m. news conference. The office of House Speaker Jay Lucas, R-Darlington, confirmed he is meeting with Haley at 1 p.m.

State Rep. James Smith, D-Richland, said Monday lawmakers have been on the phone in recent days talking about the Confederate flag. 
Smith said there is a “growing consensus among lawmakers – House, Senate, Republicans and Democrats” – to resolve the flag issue before the next legislative session begins. 
Smith said lawmakers have the ability vote on removing the flag this summer by amending a resolution that has allowed them to continue working after the regular session ended in early June.  
It's a shame that it took over a century and the deaths of God-only-knows how many people -- mostly black, some white -- to get the flag down.  Now it's coming down.  May take time because the SC legislature must act.  Still, this is a welcome first step and I congratulate these prominent Republicans for stepping out bravely. 


In Mississippi:  

Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn said Monday night that the Confederate emblem in the state's official flag has to go.

"We must always remember our past, but that does not mean we must let it define us," Gunn, a Clinton Republican, said in a statement. "As a Christian, I believe our state's flag has become a point of offense that needs to be removed. We need to begin having conversations about changing Mississippi's flag."
(CNN)Walmart, the country's largest retailer, will remove all Confederate flag merchandise from its stores, the company told CNN Monday.
This is a critical moment in American history.  Watch and listen carefully.  
You can tell your grandchildren 
that you were alive in 2015 
and witnessed the end of 
the Civil War.

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