As we have well documented over the past few months, Senator Roger Wicker has called for the state flag of Mississippi to be taken down, placed in a museum, and replaced with a new flag “for all Mississippians.”
In 2015, Wicker, like Thad Cochran and many politicians in the South, succumbed to emotionalism, a very dangerous path for any leader, in the immediate aftermath of the horrific Dylann Roof shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. Like Nikki Haley, then-governor of the Palmetto State who removed the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol, Wicker, along with Cochran, called for the removal of Mississippi’s state flag.
Wicker then solidified his position by appearing alongside New Jersey Senator Cory Booker on CNN and repeated his call for the flag to be placed in a museum.
Now here we are two years later, in 2017, and Wicker is at it again, this time just days after the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, when he doubled-down on his flag stance and again called for the flag to come down and a new one raised in its place.
Wicker, like before, is succumbing to the passions and emotions of the moment, as we see exhibited by the people in the streets who are enslaved to their own feelings, what the Scriptures call matters of the “heart.” Proverbs warns us against this. In Chapter 28, verse 26, it says: “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks wisely will be delivered.” It is unwise to trust anyone, least of all a political leader, who is a prisoner of their emotions.
No matter what happens in Wicker’s political future, whether or not he is challenged by Senator Chris McDaniel, who is rock-solid on keeping the state flag right where it is, Mississippi’s junior senator in DC, who is also a member of Mitch McConnell’s leadership team, has planted his flag firmly on the hill with the leftists, like Antifa and Black Lives Matter, who want to erase history.
And his position on removing the flag has attracted the attention of Mississippi Democrats, who know they have zero chance to elect one of their own in a US Senate race. In fact, there’s probably a better chance Hell will turn Baptist than Mississippi will elect a Democratic US Senator.
So therefore state Democrats are doing the next best thing, which is exactly what they did in 2014: Get behind a liberal Republican they can be comfortable with. Three years ago it was Thad Cochran; now it’s Roger Wicker, who, along with his tax-and-spend ways, has only wetted their appetite further with his anti-flag stance. A new Facebook group – “MS Democrats for Wicker” – has now emerged to support Wicker against his most likely opponent, Chris McDaniel.
However, with these recent developments it now seems that Wicker has come to the realization that his knee-jerk flag-grab stance is incredibly dumb in what is now a political environment that is extremely hostile to political correctness. As recently revealed on his Facebook page and his campaign site, Wicker is calling for “the protection of our historical monuments.”And a recent press report quotes Wicker as saying that “instead of removing the Confederate statues we should be celebrating the great Americans the monuments were named after.”
So why the two positions that are the opposite of each other? Wouldn’t the monuments be just as offensive to the offended as the flag? A dyed-in-the-wool liberal would think so, which is why the same ones calling for the flags to come down are also busy tearing down monuments.
But we know what Wicker’s monument stance is really all about: Political posturing and grandstanding, not honest conviction.
Wicker is simply telling the voters what he thinks they want to hear. Don’t fall for it. He’ll be against it after he is for it. That’s what he did on the state flag and he will do the same on the monuments as well, if or, more likely, when the political climate changes.
If another tragic incident occurs, he’ll likely succumb once against to emotionalism, fall into line with Antifa and Black Lives Matter, and call for pulling down Johnny Reb too. As the Holy Scriptures also tell us, in the Book of James (1:8), a “double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
Mississippi needs someone in the US Senate that is a consistent and courageous fighter defending the people on these issues, someone who is not “double-minded” and won’t be swept up in the emotions of the moment, someone who will stand like a rock on principle, and one who detests political correctness as much as the average Mississippian. May we get the chance to choose just such a leader very soon!