And now for the good news: Sons of Confederate Veterans license plates are now collectors items
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And now for some good Confederate Heritage news.
"The Sons of Confederate Veterans organization has formally challenged the state's decision to remove the controversial battle flag from specialty license plates. The replacement plates, which feature the image of three Confederate generals on horseback as a background image, were sent out on Sept. 4, and the old plates became invalid one month later.
Here is a quick primer on what this all means, with information provided by the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
Q: Specifically, how are the new Sons of Confederate Veterans specialty plates different from the old ones?
A: The original plates had the image of the three generals as the background, and the iconic battle flag on the left side of the plate. The new plates remove the flag and re-center the image of the generals within the plate.
Q: If a motorist refuses to replace his Confederate flag plates, what happens?
A: As of Oct. 4, the plates with the battle flag are invalid. It is against the law (second 46.2-613 of the Virginia code) to operate a motor vehicle with a canceled plate. The violation is considered a Class 2 misdemeanor."
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"The new license plate for Sons of Confederate Veterans. The previous plates, which had an image of the battle flag on the left side, have been recalled and are now invalid (though the organization is challenging that ruling). (Courtesy of the Virginia DMV)
Q: If citizens replace the Confederate flag plates with the new ones, are they required to return to old ones to the DMV?
A: Required? No. Requested? Yes. The DMV prefers to recycle old license plates. When the new plates were sent out on Sept. 4, they came with a postage-paid envelope for citizens to return their old plates. But if you choose to keep your old Confederate flag plates as a souvenir to hang in the garage, you are not breaking any laws and no one is going to show up at your door to confiscate them."
Actually, that's not quite true. The plates are the property of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles per the law, and they do have the legal right to revoke, cancel and repossess the tags. If we had to guess why they are telling the public the opposite, our guess would be that they are going the extra mile to try and keep the peace with these irrational agitators. Not only that, but it is probably not worth the Governments time, effort, or the aggravation they are certain to be subjected to by people who have no desire to respect the rule of law. It will be much, much easier to just let them drive around on dead tags, and then deal with each of them individually in traffic stops. Not only that, but they can probably smell the money, as these Confederates are likely to repeat offend, and that means more fine revenue for the State. Win, win! The bottom line though is that in the end, the Rebels will not win this fight, because the law is not on their side.
"Q: How many of these license plates are we talking about?
A: There are approximately 1,600 sets of Sons of Confederate Veterans plates out on the state's roadways. Each motorist paid a $10 fee for the specialty plates. About 200 sets of plates have been returned through the postage-paid envelopes, and an unknown number have been returned in person to the DMV.
Q: What was the legal rationale and justification for rescinding the plates with the battle flag?
A: Gov. Terry McAuliffe made the decision this summer, after the mass shooting at the church in Charleston, S.C. In the aftermath of that incident (and after the accused shooter was closely associated with the battle flag), many localities and businesses around the country acted to distance themselves from images of that flag. McAuliffe described the flag plates as "unnecessarily divisive and hurtful." In a hearing in Danville, U.S. District Court Judge Jackson L. Kiser approved the decision, setting aside an injunction from 2001 that permitted them.
Q: On what grounds is the recall being challenged?
A: The Sons of Confederate Veterans argue that the DMV does not have the authority to recall license plates, and that the decision to do so goes beyond what is permitted under Virginia law.
Q: Can anyone get a Sons of Confederete Veterans license plate?
A: You have to be a member of the organization, and you will be asked to show an ID card when you apply for the plates. The group is open to "all male descendants of any veteran who served honorably in the Confederate armed forces." For info on the organization, go online to scvva.org."
In essence, what this means is that these recalled plates have been rendered useless, and are now nothing more than collectors items. The Rebels could always choose to display the new tags on their vehicles like the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is requesting, but come one now, these are Rebels we are talking about. Do you really think they're going down without a fight? Granted, it won't last long, and if history repeats itself, as it often does, we already know who the victor will be. So, in a strange way, this is wonderful news for anyone who still wants to promote their Heritage proudly. These new plates can even be personalized with a message of your own liking, for example:
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Restoring the honor!