Special Snowflakes Get Confederate Railroad Removed From Illinois State Fair

There’s literally nothing SJWs won’t freak out about and attempt to ruin for everyone else

Fans furious after Confederate Railroad dropped from state fair lineup: ‘This political correctness thing is totally out of control’

Fans of the country rock group Confederate Railroad are outraged after the band was dropped from the lineup at an Illinois state fair.

The band was slated to perform at the Du Quoin State Fair in Du Quoin, Ill. on Aug. 27 for “90s Country Reloaded Day,” but have since been removed from the fair lineup. While it is not immediately clear what the rationale behind the change was, some believe the decision was made because the band’s name was deemed inappropriate.

Fellow country artists Charlie Daniels and Joe Bonsall, a member of the Oak Ridge Boys, took to Twitter to speak out about how “political correctness” is “out of control,” and how it’s unfair to cancel a group of talented artists because of their band’s name.

Fans echoed the same thoughts on social media, emphasizing how people need to focus on the music and not whether people will be offended.

“Confederate Railroad plays some very good music! I’m so disgusted with all this politically correct nonsense. I don’t care what one does, someone wont like it and possibly be offended by it,” one person wrote. “That’s life. Whoever’s offended needs to put on their big kid pants and move on.”

Would this be a case of censorship?

The Du Quoin State Fairgrounds is owned and operated by the state. Illinois Department of Agriculture public information officer Krista Lisser confirms to Yahoo Lifestyle that Confederate Railroad was removed from the 2019 Du Quoin State Fair grandstand lineup.

She declined to clarify the reasoning or provide additional information behind the move.

“While every artist has a right to expression, we believe this decision is in the best interest of serving all the people of our state,” Lisser says.

Owned by the state. I wonder if Lisser asked the people of the state what they think? Also, you have to wonder if this violated the contract surely signed by both the state and Confederate Railroad. The band may be getting paid to not play.

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27 Responses to “Special Snowflakes Get Confederate Railroad Removed From Illinois State Fair”

  1. Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

    The band may be getting paid to not play.

    Count on it. https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cool.gif

  2. Professor Hale says:

    Congressperson Sheila Jackson Lee needs to change her name. Her existing name raises too many objectionable thoughts about why she is supporting 2 slave owning Southern Generals. Jesse Jackson also needs to change his name. It is unconscionable that he glorifies slavery with his name that was also taken from a civil war general. As Americans, this isn’t who we are today.

  3. John says:

    Confederates were traitors
    Never Forget !!
    USA #1

    • Kye says:

      Confederates, like the Patriots that fought before them in 1776 broke off from their parent country and formed their own “Confederacy” as free men are allowed to do ACCORDING TO THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. You can call them anything you want since they lost their struggle for freedom but the fact remains they were trying to keep their rights as outlined in the Tenth amendment.

      Are today’s “sanctuary cities” traitors too? Of course not because you agree with them. Today you nut jobs think Trump and his supporters are traitors. How many times have we heard that refrain over the last 3 years? I imagine you think all 60 million Trump supporters are traitors too.

      The real traitors are those trying to replace American citizens with foreigners both legal and illegal, and those who support the importation of our enemies into our country under the false guise of freedom of religion.

    • formwiz says:

      Jeffrey’s back in the john, pushing a line most people forsook 100 years ago.

      The Rebs had a legitimate grievance (protective tariff) and exercised their rights (secession).

      Lincoln refused to negotiate and started a war.

      As for traitors, none are worse than the Lefties. Love to see what’s left of them after a few Antietams.

      PS This is just so Jeffery can put on his bunny suit and call us all racists so he can try to change the subject from the Epstein thing.

      The whole Left is running scared.

      Give ’em Hell.

    • gitarcarver says:

      Confederates were traitors

      How many men (or women) who fought for the Confederacy were convicted of treason, John?

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        President Andrew Johnson made several proclamations of pardons, with full pardons in 1868…”a full pardon and amnesty for the offence of treason against the United States”.

        • gitarcarver says:

          So your answer is “no one was convicted of treason.”

          Thanks.

          • formwiz says:

            No one was even tried for it.

            BTW By ’68, Johnson was a political cipher, the lamest of ducks, so whatever he said has little effect.

            If anyone was going to be tried, it would have been right after Lincoln was assassinated.

      • formwiz says:

        There was talk of it among the radical Republicans about it. Kirby Smith left the country for 6 months because he believed it.

        What kept us from becoming just another banana republic was West Point. Just about every important Union General from Grant, Sherman, Sheridan on down said if such a thing happened, it would be over their dead bodies.

        They were real Americans, unlike Jeffery and all his animal crackers.

        PS If you know the old song Rally Round The Flag, you know the line,

        Down with the traitor, up with the star.

        This was in response to the idea the Rebs had fired on Fort Sumter. The idea lasted until the Confederate armies started surrendering.

        It was pretty much dead by the time the war really ended in late May 1865.

  4. formwiz says:

    President Andrew Johnson made several proclamations of pardons, with full pardons in 1868…”a full pardon and amnesty for the offence of treason against the United States”.

    A dead issue by then. Union generals were noted for their clemency and generosity in taking the surrenders of fellow officers, many of whom were old classmates. The Thaddeus Stevenses in the House (much like the Occasional Cortexes of today) could bloviate all they wanted, nobody was going to be tried for treason.

    West Point saved America.

  5. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has canceled a state fair appearance by the Southern rock group Confederate Railroad because of its use of the Confederate flag.

    A spokeswoman for Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Emily Bittner, said Tuesday that the administration prohibits using state resources “to promote symbols of racism.”

    • formwiz says:

      Wow, I’m impressed.

      Tell it to Tippytoes, who let black people murder each other while he made a show of how little he cared.

    • gitarcarver says:

      So once again we see the left’s commitment to the First Amendment is non-existent.

      From, Matal v. Tam:

      “We have said time and again that “the public expression of ideas may not be prohibited merely because the ideas are themselves offensive to some of their hearers.”,/b> Street v. New York, 394 U. S. 576, 592 (1969). See also Texas v. Johnson, 491 U. S. 397, 414 (1989) (“If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable”); Hustler Magazine, Inc. v. Falwell, 485 U. S. 46, 55–56 (1988); Coates v. Cincinnati, 402 U.S. 611, 615 (1971); Bachellar v. Maryland, 397 U.S. 564, 567 (1970); Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School Dist., 393 U. S. 503, 509–514 (1969); Cox v. Louisiana, 379 U.S.536, 551 (1965); Edwards v. South Carolina, 372 U.S. 229, 237–238 (1963); Terminiello v. Chicago, 337 U.S.1, 4–5 (1949); Cantwell v. Connecticut, 310 U.S. 296, 311 (1940); Schneider v. State (Town of Irvington), 308 U.S. 147, 161 (1939); DeJonge v.Oregon, 299 U.S. 353, 365 (1937).

    • Kye says:

      Then they should also prohibit the American flag and the Star Spangled Banner since they both are rooted in a slavery nation. In fact let’s just burn the whole thing up because the US like every other nation on earth once had slavery but is was ALL OUR FAULT!

      They should also prohibit ALL DEMOCRATS since it was their party which was front and center supporting racism, slavery and they were “traitors” as John pointed out for seceding from the union.

      Trump 2020 Rid America of the Democrat Slavers!

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        “So once again we see the left’s commitment to the First Amendment is non-existent”.

        Charitably, that’s an exaggeration.

        Is a state obligated to sponsor every organization that approaches them? The state didn’t say that the Confederate band couldn’t play anywhere or display their racist symbol, only that the state wouldn’t pay for it or supply the venue.

        How about a Hammerskins-type white power band with swastikas decorating the stage? Would a state be violating their free speech by prohibiting their swastikas at a state-sponsored event?

        • formwiz says:

          Factually, that’s an exact .

          Is a state obligated to sponsor every organization that approaches them? The state didn’t say that the Confederate band couldn’t play anywhere or display their racist symbol, only that the state wouldn’t pay for it or supply the venue.

          Not a racist symbol if they don’t display it as such. And it’s not a Confederate group, it’s American, although I know you wouldn’t know the difference if you were hit by it.

          BTW how many people in IL have the Stars and Bars on an item of their clothing or on one of their vehicles? The state is supposed to reflect the will of the people. The only people’s will they’re reflecting is a few out-of-state Lefties.

          How about a Hammerskins-type white power band with swastikas decorating the stage?

          Actually, the Hammerskins thing looks like a lot of Commie symbols. You wouldn’t be calling Antifa a bunch of crypto Commie Nazis, would you?

          Because that’s what they really are. Just like you.

          Would a state be violating their free speech by prohibiting their swastikas at a state-sponsored event?

          As a matter of fact, they would. Just because you don’t like somebody’s opinion doesn’t mean you can violate their rights.

          Skokie ring a bell?

          • gitarcarver says:

            formwiz,

            Sorry that I didn’t see your mention of the Skokie case before I posted my comment.

            Didn’t mean to step on your toes.

        • gitarcarver says:

          Charitably, that’s an exaggeration.

          That is the truth, and you seem to have issues with the truth.

          Is a state obligated to sponsor every organization that approaches them? The state didn’t say that the Confederate band couldn’t play anywhere or display their racist symbol, only that the state wouldn’t pay for it or supply the venue.

          The state is not “sponsoring” every organization.

          The state is allowing bands to play at a venue. What they are doing is prohibiting the band based on the content or their name.

          Content restrictions are not permissible from the government.

          That’s the law. That’s the 1st Amendment.

          How about a Hammerskins-type white power band with swastikas decorating the stage? Would a state be violating their free speech by prohibiting their swastikas at a state-sponsored event?

          You mean does a state or government have to allow swastikas or can a state prevent speakers based on the content of their speech?

          The answer is “no.” The state cannot prevent swastikas or anything if they are allowing other groups to speak / sing / protest.

          Learn something:

          NATIONAL SOCIALIST PARTY v. SKOKIE

          https://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-supreme-court/432/43.html

          You and the left hate free speech because hate is all you have.

          • Elwood P. Dowd says:

            Aspersions aren’t much of an argument.

            Many states and cities have removed their government supported Confederate battle emblems. Have they all violated the free speech rights of their right-wing residents?

            So the only way to prevent the band Jesus Sucks Cock at the state fair is to block ALL music performances? Got it.

            Typed: “So once again we see the left’s commitment to the First Amendment is non-existent”

            Is the left’s commitment to the First Amendment REALLY non-existent?

  6. gitarcarver says:

    Aspersions aren’t much of an argument.

    Truth is an argument and you seem to have issues with the truth.

    Many states and cities have removed their government supported Confederate battle emblems.

    Nice try, but once again you are showing your ignorance.

    The removal of Confederate Battle emblems is allowed because the emblems on state monuments, flags, etc, are speech by the state. The state has the right to regulate its own speech.

    The state cannot demand that citizens remove a Confederate Battle flag from a private vehicle or even a racist “black lives matter” sticker.

    So the only way to prevent the band Jesus Sucks Cock at the state fair is to block ALL music performances? Got it.

    Nope. You really have problems with the law don’t you? No one is saying the state has to block ALL music. What is being said is that the state can’t discriminate on the content of a name of a group.

    I get it. You can’t stand the fact that the state has to be viewpoint neutral.

    That’s why you and the left hate free speech.

    Hate is, after all, all you have.

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      Aspersions aren’t equivalent to truth, regardless of your protestations.

      What is being said is that the state, if it supports music at gov’t venue, must support ALL music at the venue, including Jesus Sucks Cock and their grotesque emblem and reputation.

      According to the “argument”, the only way to block Jesus Sucks Cock is to block ALL acts.

      And again, according to the state, Confederate Railroad was disinvited, not because of their name (but we understand why that is falsely claimed by the whiners) but because of their racist emblems. States are not obligated to spend taxpayer money on displaying racist emblems. Their name could be America Rocks and they’d still be univited if they were associated with racist imagery.

      Confederate Railroad is not being prevented from displaying their racist emblems, but the state doesn’t have to support it. They could play all night on the private farm nest door without interference.

      Maybe the new confederates will be inspired to take this to what is believed to be a more sympathetic Supreme Court.

      • formwiz says:

        Aspersions aren’t equivalent to truth, regardless of your protestations.

        You didn’t say that when it was your dodge.

        So you lie.

        What is being said is that the state, if it supports music at gov’t venue, must support ALL music at the venue, including Jesus Sucks Cock and their grotesque emblem and reputation.

        According to the “argument”, the only way to block Jesus Sucks Cock is to block ALL acts.

        No, because it’s now legal. Gee, whiz, get your head out of The Daily Worker (among other things) and read some real news.

        And again, according to the state, Confederate Railroad was disinvited, not because of their name (but we understand why that is falsely claimed by the whiners) but because of their racist emblems. States are not obligated to spend taxpayer money on displaying racist emblems. Their name could be America Rocks and they’d still be univited if they were associated with racist imagery.

        Their intent was not racist, it was historical and thematic. And probably appealing to most of the people there.

        The state’s intent was to pander to a certain segment of the population and, thus, deny the group and its fans its First Amendment rights.

        And you clowns are the whiners.

        Confederate Railroad is not being prevented from displaying their racist emblems, but the state doesn’t have to support it.

        Yes, they are. Skokie again.

        They could play all night on the private farm nest door without interference.

        Then somebody else would sue and do a little judge-shopping.

        Maybe the new confederates will be inspired to take this to what is believed to be a more sympathetic Supreme Court.

        Not more sympathetic, more dedicated to the Constitution and less biased.

        You better start lighting candles and praying for the health of Notorious, Latina, and Breyer. All we need is just one of them to go down.

      • gitarcarver says:

        Aspersions aren’t equivalent to truth, regardless of your protestations.

        Which is why you are the one arguing with aspersions, and denying truth and settled law.

        What is being said is that the state, if it supports music at gov’t venue, must support ALL music at the venue, including Jesus Sucks Cock and their grotesque emblem and reputation.

        So now you think the state has the right to determine what is “grotesque” and the “reputation” of a group? You clearly do not understand the idea of “content based discrimination.”

        And again, according to the state, Confederate Railroad was disinvited, not because of their name (but we understand why that is falsely claimed by the whiners) but because of their racist emblems.

        And your point? Even the “racist emblems” such as the Confederate Battle flag are still protected speech. Would you support the removal of the LGBTQ flag as clearly that is used by people who want to discriminate and hate?

        States are not obligated to spend taxpayer money on displaying racist emblems.

        Agreed. States are required to not censure groups or speech, which is what happened here.

        Confederate Railroad is not being prevented from displaying their racist emblems, but the state doesn’t have to support it.

        Your position is contrary to the Skokie case (as has been pointed out to you without a response from you) as well as Texas v. Johnson which stated:

        “The government may not prohibit the verbal or nonverbal expression of an idea merely because society finds the idea offensive or disagreeable.”

        You hate free speech and hate the First Amendment. You do so because all you have is hate.

  7. Professor Hale says:

    Dixie Chicks could not be reached for comment.

  8. Kye says:

    On question Elwood. Do you think the state would block a group if part of their act included burning an American flag, performing a staged assassination of Trump or carried an effigy of his head on a pike? I don’t think so either.

  9. formwiz says:

    Aspersions aren’t much of an argument.

    This is your latest dodge? Still pretty lame.

    Many states and cities have removed their government supported Confederate battle emblems. Have they all violated the free speech rights of their right-wing residents?

    Why don’t we take it to court and find out?

    So the only way to prevent the band Jesus Sucks Cock at the state fair is to block ALL music performances? Got it.

    ICYMI, moron, the Court approved the use of trademarks like that.

    Typed: “So once again we see the left’s commitment to the First Amendment is non-existent”

    Is the left’s commitment to the First Amendment REALLY non-existent?

    To ask the question is to answer it.

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