No, It Ain’t Coming Back Again

Georgia State Flag from 1956 to 2001

Well, the state legislature did it last night:

Democrats and Republicans united Friday to strip away the Confederate battle emblem from Gov. Sonny Perdue’s flag referendum.

State lawmakers instead created a single, two-flag contest next March in which voters could indicate their preference between the current state flag raised by then-Gov. Roy Barnes two years ago and the new flag contained in the Perdue referendum. That vote would not be binding.

The only portion of the governor’s proposal that survived was the immediate raising of a new state flag based on the Stars and Bars, the first national flag of the Confederacy.

This means that the flag you see to the left above doesn’t stand a chance in hell of flying over Georgia again as the official state flag. If the folks that want to cry about heritage want to make anything of it then that means that they are going to have to come out against the use of a more historically correct link to the Confederate past of our state. I think things may work out okay afterall.