The Apple-onians have decided to join K-Mart, eBay, Walmart, Amazon, etc. in taking the Mindless Leap into the River Stupid; in their case, it was by banning all Civil War game apps that contain the Confederate Southern Cross flag. I do not know how well they can swim or how long they can hold their breath, but that’s irrelevant, because so far, the ferocious rapids of River Stupid have killed everyone who has ever taken the Leap (and there have been many). And if anyone ever did survive the Conformist, Transformational, and Slavementality Rapids of River Stupid, it’s a sure bet that the mosasaurus in the Pool of Terminally Poisoned Intellect that lies just beyond the rapids got a live meal for a change. (It’s the best kind of chow, you know, for mosasauri.)
I understand the anger and the pain over the grisly Charleston murders. I know that Dylann Roof, the self-proclaimed “last Rhodesian,” is a racist lunatic, as his “manifesto” and his evil actions (with an illegally obtained gun) loudly proclaim. I can understand why businesses would no longer wish to sell any Confederate-related materials. I also understand the sudden rush to pull down the Southern Cross, and to this I am not unsympathetic.
And so, before I continue, an aside on my own perspective, if I may. Just for the record…
My feelings on the Confederate flag are pretty strong. I have never liked its public display because, no matter what it stands for in the eyes of many Southerners, it was the battle flag of an army that had fought, however valiantly, for the cause of slavery. No, not states’ rights: the only “states’ right” that the South was really interested in was the ownership, breeding, and trading in human beings. The Confederate Constitution is clear on this.
Article I, Section 9 tells us the following:
- Subsection (1) forbids “…[t]he importation of negroes of the African race from any foreign country other than the slaveholding States or Territories of the United States of America…”
- Subsection 2 states that “Congress shall also have power to prohibit the introduction of slaves from any State not a member of, or Territory not belonging to, this Confederacy.”
- And Subsection (4) is clear as a bell. “No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves shall be passed.”
Then there is Article IV.
- Section 2, Subsection (1) allows to you travel anywhere in the Confederacy without fear of losing your human property. “The citizens of each State shall be entitled to all the privileges and immunities of citizens in the several States; and shall have the right of transit and sojourn in any State of this Confederacy, with their slaves and other property; and the right of property in said slaves shall not be thereby impaired.”
- Section 2, Subsection (3) guarantees the return of human property to its rightful owner. “No slave or other person held to service or labor in any State or Territory of the Confederate States, under the laws thereof, escaping or lawfully carried into another, shall, in consequence of any law or regulation therein, be discharged from such service or labor; but shall be delivered up on claim of the party to whom such slave belongs,. or to whom such service or labor may be due.”
- Section 3, Subsection (3) guarantees that slavery will expand to new territories, fully protected by the Confederate Congress. “The Confederate States may acquire new territory; and Congress shall have power to legislate and provide governments for the inhabitants of all territory belonging to the Confederate States, lying without the limits of the several Sates; and may permit them, at such times, and in such manner as it may by law provide, to form States to be admitted into the Confederacy. In all such territory the institution of negro slavery, as it now exists in the Confederate States, shall be recognized and protected be Congress and by the Territorial government; and the inhabitants of the several Confederate States and Territories shall have the right to take to such Territory any slaves lawfully held by them in any of the States or Territories of the Confederate States.”
Beyond that, from what I can see, the Confederate and United States Constitutions are similar, except that the Confederate Constitution makes the central government weaker, though not quite as impotent as the Articles of Confederation had done.
But to return to the original topic…
Remove wargame apps that show the Southern flag? That’s a kneejerk reaction which is so idiotic that it beggars description. What will Apple do next? Ban all apps that contain the swastika, the red star, the hammer and sickle, or whatever other emblems of 20th-century slave-owning socialism might exist? How will the Nazis and the Soviets – two of the key 20th-century slave-owning societies on a massive scale – ever recognize each other in Eastern Front wargames? And, of course, Korean War gaming is out too, because it must show the flag of North Korea and especially that of Communist China – another slave-owning society on a scale far more massive than the Confederacy.
To me, what Apple just did no longer reflects teetering on the edge of the slippery slope. It shows a self-imposed, slavish hunger for conformity that has driven Apple management to take the Leap, dragging what is best in American democracy with it into the white waters of River Stupid, there to struggle for survival.
And the mosasaurus is waiting downstream, grinning, because it knows that, in the end, everybody gets eaten.