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Gov. Pritzkerís wrong to give Confederate Railroad the boot
The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 10, 2019 | Editorial Board

Posted on 07/10/2019 4:54:24 PM PDT by PBRCat

Yes, the Confederate flag offends us...

Maybe the flag is about Southern pride, good ol’ rebel spirit. But it is about the South’s historic defense of slavery, segregation, the Ku Klux Klan, fascism, white supremacy, white nationalism and bigotry.

Gov. Pritzker said, “The Confederate flag is a symbol of not just slavery, but of treason against the United States.”

Why are we writing to criticize Pritzker for banning Confederate Railroad, a country band that uses the Confederate flag, from performing at a state fair?

Because government should pick its battles wisely and rarely when curbing free expression, even free expression paid for by the taxpayer.

And it was the Pritzker administration that booked Confederate Railroad in the first place.

It would have been entirely reasonable for state officials to decline to book the band because of the art on the band’s album cover, which includes a Confederate flag.

But for Pritzker to reach down now, after all the contracts have been signed, and cancel the booking for this one band strikes us as excessive government involvement in matters of free expression.

It is not strictly censorship. Nobody is saying Confederate Railroad can’t play wherever it can land a gig. But it feels to us like a poorly thought-out violation of the spirit of free speech, our nation’s most sacred principle, given that the band was hired before it was given the boot.

We would have preferred Confederate Railroad (was not booked). We also would have understood had the department chosen not to book Snoop Dogg to perform at the fair. Many are offended by Snoop Dogg’s latest album cover — the rapper standing over a corpse toe-tagged with President Donald Trump’s name.

Confederate Railroad was booked. A contract was signed.

Pritzker should have let the band play.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicago.suntimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: confederacy; confederate; confederaterailroad; fair; illinois; music; pricktzker; pritzker
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The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down in Du Quoin, Illinois.

Illinois is going to have to compensate the band for the cancellation as well.

1 posted on 07/10/2019 4:54:24 PM PDT by PBRCat
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To: PBRCat

Pritzker is a damn Ill. Yankee.


2 posted on 07/10/2019 5:01:52 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Oh, if “klantifa” had a band they’d get to play. Intolerant NOH8erz.


3 posted on 07/10/2019 5:04:41 PM PDT by rktman ( #My2ndAmend! ----- Enlisted in the Navy in '67 to protect folks rights to strip my rights. WTH?)
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To: PBRCat

If I was the Governor of Indiana I would call a press conference tomorrow and announce that my state would be hosting an “Illinois State Fair in Exile” every year for as long as this guy Prickster is in office as the governor of Illinois.


4 posted on 07/10/2019 5:04:42 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave." -- Frederick Douglass)
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To: PBRCat

I didn’t know Confederate Railroad was still a thing. I was a big fan in their first decade; Danny Shirley was cute as a golden retriever puppy.


5 posted on 07/10/2019 5:06:15 PM PDT by Tax-chick (It's the guitar solo! Everybody polka!!!)
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To: PBRCat

So everyone in the South is a traitor? These PC Nazis are out of control.


6 posted on 07/10/2019 5:07:42 PM PDT by bray (Pray for President Trump)
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To: PBRCat

Is it Illegal to own a 68 Dodge Charger clone of the General Lee there?


7 posted on 07/10/2019 5:12:08 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Socialism is a gateway Ideology.)
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To: PBRCat

Be sure to thank Nikki Haley......


8 posted on 07/10/2019 5:12:19 PM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here Of Citizen Parents_Know Islam, No Peace-No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: bray

Like all the good things. Gone like a freight train. Like a Civil War soldier.Gone.Gone.


9 posted on 07/10/2019 5:13:18 PM PDT by HighSierra5
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To: PBRCat

I’m still waiting for the state of W. Virginia to tear down all those buildings, bridges, tunnels and schools named after its most famous Klansman, Robert KKK Byrd.


10 posted on 07/10/2019 5:21:37 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: HighSierra5

I got it ;-).


11 posted on 07/10/2019 5:21:40 PM PDT by Tax-chick (It's the guitar solo! Everybody polka!!!)
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To: Alberta's Child

“If I was the Governor of Indiana I would call a press conference tomorrow and announce that my state would be hosting an “Illinois State Fair in Exile” every year for as long as this guy Prickster is in office as the governor of Illinois”

At the Gary Airport, with free South Shore service....

Mitch Daniels would have thought about this. Our current Gov seems to afraid of his own shadow to do it.


12 posted on 07/10/2019 5:23:23 PM PDT by tcrlaf (They told me it could never happen in America. And then it did....ew)
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To: PBRCat

There’s nothing wrong with that flag......it’s history and bastardizing it won’t make things better. It’s a ploy to take history away and appease the ignorant snowflakes...but I find myself not blaming them (we all know they’re stupid) but the guilty WHITES that appease them is the problem!!! I hope Confederate Railroad sues the hell out of them for breach of contract!!!


13 posted on 07/10/2019 5:23:34 PM PDT by Dawgreg
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To: PBRCat

The Confederacy was a just cause. The South should be proud of its rebellion against Fedzilla.


14 posted on 07/10/2019 5:23:45 PM PDT by GodAndCountryFirst
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To: Paladin2

He also flew on the Lolita Express a number of times.


15 posted on 07/10/2019 5:24:55 PM PDT by robowombat (Orthodox)
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To: Lurkinanloomin

Yeah, even though I thought she gave the idiots of the New World Order some grief as Ambassador to the UN, I still get the chills when I hear someone say that President Trump should throw Pence over and have Haley as a running mate.....NO WAY!!!!!!


16 posted on 07/10/2019 5:25:57 PM PDT by Dawgreg
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To: Dawgreg

That’s dumber than the Lincoln comments ^


17 posted on 07/10/2019 5:28:26 PM PDT by Phil DiBasquette
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To: GodAndCountryFirst

The Confederacy was a just cause. The South should be proud of its rebellion against Fedzilla.

Well I tell for sure, I’m proud as punch to be a Southerner with ancestors that fought in that war!.....:)


18 posted on 07/10/2019 5:29:00 PM PDT by Dawgreg
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To: PBRCat

Guess the Muslims are getting kicked out of IL


19 posted on 07/10/2019 5:29:15 PM PDT by Phil DiBasquette
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To: Phil DiBasquette

That’s dumber than the Lincoln comments ^

Can you explain what you’re talking about???


20 posted on 07/10/2019 5:31:21 PM PDT by Dawgreg
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