Southerners! Check it out! Go to Google > Shop. Type in “Confederate Flag.” It comes back: Not Found.
Well, Google is no longer my search engine. Not sure what I will be using. I’m thinking of reviving excite.com. They have a fun name at least. Maybe Lycos or webcrawler or hotbot is still out there…
All the major flag companies said “We’re not making them anymore.” To which, I said, “Eh…no matter. China will make them. China will make anything!”
Wal-Mart and e-bay and Amazon said they wouldn’t sell them anymore. To which, I said, “Eh…no matter. People can buy them elsewhere. Besides, the vendors have every right to decide what products they carry.”
But this is beyond the pale. It is not up to Google’s discretion to decide what is appropriate for you to buy. This makes them hypocrites! They are always complaining about China and censorship, and they turn around and do the exact same thing. It is amazing how quickly they moved on this! A near blackout on this product for which demand has not changed or has even increased! The powers that be decided they didn’t want you to have access to it, and poof! Gone!
I can type in “Brother Sister Incest Fiction” right now and get pages and pages of pornography. But we have a blackout on Rebel Flags. I could probably find bestiality and all kinds of filthy ____ with less trouble than finding the damn stars and bars?! Are you ____ing kidding me?
If you’re black (or liberal or whatever) and reading this and getting all upset about me wanting to buy a flag, let me ask ya…what if tomorrow the powers that be decided rap music is destructive and had Amazon and Google pull your access to that? It’s freedom of speech. You’re either for it or against it. You can’t have it both ways because you sell out all speech when you sell out ANY speech.
Interestingly enough, this whole episode is reminding me of the other side of the Rebel Flag, the one that doesn’t get ANY press time. It is a symbol for the time when the states stood up to the Federal government and said, “No.” Regardless of the fact that it was on slavery (yeah yeah, we could spend all day debating it, but the root cause of most of the friction from North and South stemmed from slavery), it is still the time the states said, “No.”
The battle flag is not illegal. I should be able to buy it if I want to. If I wanted to run it up my flag pole, that’s my own damn business. While I can justify Valley Forge’s decision not to make it and Amazon’s decision not to carry it, I will forever condemn Google’s hypocritical stance to censor it.
What speech is next for Google? Shall they deny access to politicians? What if they chose to black out information on the Founding Fathers? Am I taking things to a silly level? Maybe! But I don’t care! I am offended and pissed off on a very deep and personal level. The logic is the same. They have deemed themselves to be the adjudicator to the ideas you are allowed to expose yourself to!
Goodbye Google. I shall not miss you.
Long Live the Constitution!