Instead of banning the Confederate flag why not ban the IRS

President Lincoln created the IRS in 1862 to pay for the Civil WarThe new debate over banning the Confederate flag was recently fueled by a photo of 21-year-old shooter Dylann Roof holding a gun and a Confederate flag. Dylann Roof murdered nine people at their church in in Charleston, South Carolina claiming he wanted to instigate a race war.

According to CNN, the push to ban the Confederate flag "are the latest indication that the flag, a symbol of the slave-holding South, has become toxic in the aftermath" of the recent shooting.

Some people see the Confederate flag as a symbol of southern pride and point to television shows like the Dukes of Hazzard where the theme was "Just some good old boys, never meaning no harm."

There have been many people asking for the Confederate flag to be removed from public places and government offices. There are people who want all symbols of the American Civil War to be eliminated because any reference to the war is symbolic of slavery.

There will be a lot of debate in the weeks ahead as we sort out the symbols of southern pride from the memories of a country that supported slavery.

To those who will be screaming to rename highways and high schools named after southern generals, I would ask you to focus on banning the IRS.

Did you know President Lincoln created the IRS in 1862 to pay for the Civil War?

The Revenue Act of 1862 was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on July 1, 1862.  The revenue-raising measure was passed by the United States Congress to help pay for the American Civil War.

My Personal Father's Day Reflection on the Journey of Life 2015

Tom Peracchio's Father's Day Reflection on the Journey of LifeMy original writing of "A Personal Father's Day Reflection on the Journey of Life" was published in 2010 for the now defunct website Associated Content. I collected some thoughts gathered over the years to write a father's day reflection in the form of a poem.

The poem in its original form, along with the photo of me and my father was uploaded to this website for Father's Day 2012.  I was looking for the link to the poem to post it to social media for Father's Day 2015. I thought about updating the photo on the original page, but thought I would leave the original poem and photo as it was, and instead, update the photo for 2015, and share it here in an updated blog post.

The photo shows my three generations of celebrating fatherhood. In the left side of the photo, my daughter Lisa is smiling as I am holding her two day old sister Laura. The top right of the photo shows me with my little buddy, my grand daughter Olivia, on her first Thanksgiving. The bottom right of the photo is one of me as a toddler with my father.

Whether you have the opportunity to enjoy the day as a father or a grandfather, or simply share a few words with a father, or father figure in your life, make the most of it.


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