Yes, the concept is an oxymoron. But if we really had truth in government this is the flag that would fly on the flagpole of public buildings. Neither the Confederacy nor historic Americana, whatever one thinks of those historical periods, is any more relevant to what the USA is today than the Renaissance, Elizabethan England, the Reformation, the Middle Ages, or the Roman Empire.
Of course, those periods are relevant in the sense of being part of the historical narrative but they have nothing to with the present ruling class or prevailing cultural ethos. Right-wing “patriots” might as well be rooting for the New York Yankees of the Babe Ruth era, and neo-Confederates might as well be nostalgists for the Cavaliers of the English Civil War. And the cultural left’s permanent revolution against the world of Beaver Cleaver is just as archaic. Far too many people are living in the past.
If we really had truth in government, we would have statues not of neither Confederate figures or historical American figures but of Sam Walton, Ray Kroc, Ronald McDonald, Disney characters, Coca-Cola cans, Jack Welch, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, Donald Tyson, Steve Jobs, Ellen Degeneres, Kim Kardashian, plus the co-opted progressive icons like MLK, Gloria Steinem, and Harvey Milk.