This backlash against the Confederacy has started to affect me personally.
My high school alma mater has changed its team name from the Owen County Rebels. They announced that henceforth they would be known as the Owen County Redskins.
My college alma mater, Transylvania, took a wrecking ball and demolished Jefferson Davis Hall, which in my day had a Confederate flag in every room on the second floor.
In the state capitol, the statue of Davis was smashed with sledge hammers and pulled down by extremists.
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Similar things are occurring across the country. Washington and Lee University changed its name to Washington and Zapata. Traveler's Insurance Co. changed its name to somebody else's horse.
At checkpoints across the South, pickup trucks were being stopped by federal marshals and stripped of their ornamentation.
At the funeral of one of the latest victims of slavery, the president of the United States sang a song written by a slave trader, a song many of us have long suspected was a satire.
Change is afoot, and there is much more to it than merely ending the Civil War, which started by unwise shooting in South Carolina and may end by the horror of gentle little old black church ladies being gunned down there.
Across Kentucky, county clerks announced that they would violate their oaths of office, and quit issuing marriage licenses to anybody. Not allowing anybody to get married and forcing people to live together and maybe even fornicate outside the bonds of matrimony, is a noble stand to protect the institution of marriage, not to mention to force the religious beliefs of some on everybody.
In those counties in which clerks will defy the Supreme Court, it is fully presumed that prosecutors will violate their oaths as well and not indict clerks for malfeasance of office.
After they have been married a few years, one could guess that gay people will no longer be gay and will have to go back to being queer. Being "gay" traditionally meant being merry and happy like the peole in My Old Kentucky Home, rolling on the little cabin floor. Some married people are merry and happy until they get tired of rolling on the floor, but being gay in a marriage is queer.
Coal people and their politicians are merry and happy because they are going to be allowed to put mercury in the air. Putting mercury in the air was said by the Supreme Court to be a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution, just like marriage among people with the same reproductive equipment.
Sandra Day O'Connor used to be the most powerful person in the world, but now it is Anthony Kennedy, a certified swinger.
The big question on the Supreme Court is whether Pope Francis, who declared war on coal, can influence Justice Antonin Scalia. Pope Francis is just about to make the list of All-Star Popes, and the true test is whether or not he can get Scalia on the side of humanity.
Reach Larry Webster, a Pikeville attorney, at email@example.com.