150 YEARS AFTER APPAMATTOX, SC'S FLAG FINALLY COMES DOWN — When General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appamattox, he ordered his troops to take down their flags and put them in their attics. Not everyone obeyed Lee's order, including the state of South Carolina. So it's fitting on the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War that South Carolina should finally obey Lee's order (AND the people's wishes) by taking down the Confederate battle flag flying over their state house. It's embarrassing to the state that it took nine innocent people's lives to make it happen. But it is the right thing to do. The flags designers were quite articulate in declaring the purpose of the flag to serve as a symbol of a government and its citizens who wanted to spread slavery to other states and continue the practice of owning people and abusing them for the profits of the white owners. And that was so dreadfully wrong. People wanting the flag to be taken down are on the right side of history. Whether the stragglers can ever be convinced or whether they'll take the flag to their graves is yet to be determined. But today's flag removal is a good start.