We’re supposed to believe Sen. Dale Zorn’s wife just happened to have Confederate-flag material lying about for mask-making, instead of, say, Michigan flag fabric? What does this say about Zorn family values?

Many of Zorn’s constituents, like me, are descendants of Union Civil War soldiers, those patriots who fought and died for the United States. Some likely come from members of the 24th Michigan Infantry, of the storied Iron Brigade, heroes of the Victory at Gettysburg, the regiment chosen to accompany Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession.

The Stars and Bars and the Gadsden “don’t tread on me” flags are flags of the Confederacy, flags of sedition and treason. The values of the Confederacy are not American values. Despite revisionist proclamations, they don’t represent rebellion against tyranny, a fight for individual freedom, states’ rights, or anything but racism, bigotry, white supremacy, the right to own slaves. They’re not harmless fun; they are evil and anti-American. No different from the flags of ISIS, the Viet Cong, or Nazi Germany. This isn’t about teaching American history or respecting the South. These are symbols of traitors and the most dangerous enemy the United States ever faced.

Asking people to be considerate of others by wearing masks and social distancing, to pull together and stay home for a few weeks for the benefit of others (especially when financial compensation is available) isn’t an existential threat to liberty, no matter how hard extremists try to whip up the masses for political gain. Temporary inconvenience to save others isn’t tyranny.

That Zorn and other elected Michigan representatives choose these images tells us what they value. What a slap in the face to Michigan, from the kids who recite the Gettysburg Address all over this State on Memorial Day to the memory of those who gave their lives for this nation. Shameful.

Pam Taylor

Onsted