I find it ironic that people want to ban the flag of a man who released all his slaves before the war. Ironic because racists picked it up, and because people want to ban it for its oppressive legacy.
I would also find it hilarious if they pulled them down and put up the actual Stars and Bars that IO pointed out (which I had forgotten for whatever reason to my chagrin.)
However, much like how the Australian flag has a mini-Union Jack in it, many state flags also contain mini-Lee Battle Flags, so are we going to ban those next? Does the government not get to enjoy freedom of expression. That is to say, are the rights of the people that choose the government diminished if that chosen by the people aspect is so subverted? Interesting questions.
*Wanders off to ponder*
EDIT: Also for the record I don't buy the the nation doesn't exist it doesn't have the right to have itself preserved. Let's look at the bloody, debauched and glorious, wondrous, and magnificent Roman Empire and how much the Western world still wants to live up to that legacy. A legacy that had slavery and all that jazz (though I'll acknowledge the difference in the types of slavery employed so save time and don't bring it up. I understand it completely).
I don't know, maybe if we lost the Revolutionary War we'd live in a world where Britain wouldn't let us fly Old Glory to remember the forlorn days of the lost fires of independence and rebellion, but I like living in a world where people are given that freedom of expression.
Winners get to write the after-action report. *shrugs*