There are two issues here that you guys are confusing. 1) what was the CSA really like 2) what do people currently see the CSA flag as representing. As far as what the CSA was actually like, the statement that they "had a Constitution" is ridiculous. We have a Constitution for all the good it does, the USSR had all of the "rights" and more that we are supposed to enjoy. So what the South wanted to be and what it became are two different things. The actual truth is that the CSA was a brutal oligarchy that would do anything to win a war for it's survival, in so doing it was not free at all. Any idea to the contrary is wishful thinking and revisionist history. The facts are there and any passing Civil War buff should know this. Now as to what the CSA is remembered for, and what some people see the flag as standing for, I agree, they see it as a symbol of rebellion against a government bent on conquering or controlling another. All good. Other people merely see it as a symbol of slavery, hence the controversy. I see this confusion a lot when people speak of the CSA, it is romanticized for the good, or bad, it represented, but it is by no means an ideal of either.