The Democratic Mayor of Austin, Steve Adler, refused to show up at a Veteran’s Day parade to honor the troops claiming that he couldn’t attend because there was a Confederate flag flying. Instead, he volunteered at a food bank. But was this nothing but party political positioning and virtue signaling to the extreme left that have seized the reigns of the DNC?
“Veterans Day should only be about honoring United States Military Veterans,” he said in a statement. “Symbols of racism, Civil War secession, and white supremacy should not be forgotten or erased, but they need to be remembered and studied in museums and classrooms not cheered and applauded in parades.”
But the reality is very different. The Veteran’s Day parade organizers had already considered the recent connotations of the alt-right, white supremacists and their use of the Confederate flag. In fact, they had already made sure that no one could carry the Confederate battle flag, and were only allowed the official flag.
So they made the effort to protect his delicate sensibilities, yet this was still not enough to encourage him to honor the troops who have fought and died in service to their country.
“This was a hard choice, because I would very much like to be able to be part of the parade, because I want to honor veterans,” Adler said. “I’m really happy and excited that there are other ways for me to honor the veterans.”
This was nothing but virtue signaling to appeal to the hard left in his party. It is a disgrace that all should remember when it comes to his next election.