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LOOK CLOSELY AT THIS FLAG—AND TELL ME WHAT IT SHOWS

WHAT FLAGS SHOW

Confederate American Flag over Fort Sumter, April 15, 1861
Photograph by Alma A. Pelot

CONDESCENDING POLITICIAN NIKKI HALEY

“I know you’re a strong supporter of the Second Amendment–is there anything about this situation that makes you think, ‘Okay, should we rethink–is it time for some kind of change?'”
“ANY TIME THERE IS A TRAUMATIC SITUATION, PEOPLE WANT SOMETHING TO BLAME–THEY ALWAYS WANT SOMETHING TO GO AFTER…”

“THE HATE-FILLED MURDERER WHO MASSACRED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHARLESTON [SOUTH CAROLINA] HAS A SICK AND TWISTED VIEW OF [THE CONFEDERATE FLAG THAT FLIES ON THE STATEHOUSE GROUNDS IN COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA]”
“TODAY WE ARE HERE…TO SAY IT’S TIME TO MOVE THE FLAG…”

“I KNOW ALL TOO WELL THE PAIN HATE CAN CAUSE.  THE AMERICAN SPIRIT THAT BINDS US HAS NO PLACE FOR ACTIONS LIKE THIS.”

 

 

 

“MY HAPPY PLACE WITH PEOPLE WE LOVE…IT’S A GREAT DAY IN SOUTH CAROLINA!  FAMILY!  BLESSED!”

“FUN TIMES WITH SWEET FRIENDS AND AMAZING FOOD!  CHARLESTON! MCCRADY’S!  #1 VACATION SPOT!  IT’S A GREAT DAY IN SOUTH CAROLINA!” 

“BLESSED!”

 

 

 

 

“SUCH FOLK WILL BE SOCIETY’S SALVATION”

“I was contacted by the editor of Civil War Times about my thoughts on the removal of monuments that have been erected to honor the men that fought for the Confederacy during the War Between the States.  It is my opinion, and that of many others, that these removals are an attempt to erase history.  If you take the time to read the comments on social media and on the websites of the news organizations reporting these removals it is obvious that only a few people actually support the removals.  What it boils down to is that the politicians are telling those that elected them that their wishes mean absolutely nothing to them.

“Just this week one of these politicians that voted to remove a statue in Virginia lost in the primary for reelection and he noted that his stance on the removal more than likely cost him the election.  In the end what we really have, in my humble opinion, is a group of people who are following their own personal agendas and saying, ‘to hell with the people’ and moving forward with these removals.  It isn’t what we want, it is all about them.”

Thos. V. Strain Jr.

Commander-in-Chief, Sons of Confederate Veterans

“We live in an age riven by shrill and intemperate voices, from all perspectives and on most topics.  No sane person today would embrace, endorse, or tolerate slavery.

“A casual observer, readily able to convince himself that he would have behaved similarly in the 1860s, can vault to high moral ground with the greatest of ease.  Doing that gratifies the powerful self-righteous strain that runs through all of us, for better or worse.  In fact, it leaps far ahead of the Federal politicians (Lincoln among them) who said emphatically that slavery was not the issue, and millions of Northern soldiers who fought, bled, and died in windrows to save the Union—but were noisily offended by mid-war emancipation. 

“It is impossible to imagine a United States in the current atmosphere that does not include zealots eager to obliterate any culture not precisely their own, destroying monuments in the fashion of Soviets after a purge, and antiquities in the manner of ISIS.  The trend is redolent of the misery that inundated the planet during the aptly named Dark Ages, arising from savages who believed, as a matter of religion in that instance, that anyone with opinions different than their own was not just wrong, but craven and evil, and must be brutalized into conformity.

“On the other hand, a generous proportion of the country now, and always, eschews extremism, and embraces tolerance of others’ cultures and inheritances and beliefs.  Such folk will be society’s salvation.”

Robert K. Krick

Noted Speaker on Civil War topics, Author of Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain

HOW ABOUT YOU, PENSACOLA?

On June 24, 2015, Republican Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward censored the First Confederate Flag from Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays.  He did this without the consent of his constituents.

Mayor Hayward stated, in a press release:

“While the Confederate Flag undeniably represents a part of Pensacola’s history, to many it is a painful symbol of racial hatred and intolerance.”

Mayor Hayward didn’t mention that the “Confederate Flag” he had censored was not the Confederate Battle Flag–but the First Confederate Flag.  This flag:

On June 25, 2015, Escambia County Democratic Women’s Club President Dianne Krumel made this demand of the Escambia County Commission:

“I understand the flags are down, but I want to make it permanent.  I don’t want any chance of those flags going back up.”

All five members of the Escambia County Commission–Republican Doug Underhill, Republican Grover C. Robinson IV, Republican Steven Barry, Republican Wilson Robertson, and Democrat Lumon May–gave in to Dianne Krumel’s demand, and chose to keep the First Confederate Flag censored from Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays.  They did this without the consent of their constituents–including me.

This government-imposed censorship of the First Confederate Flag, from our historical flags displays, continues–without our consent.

On July 29, 2015, Monica Miller, of the American Humanist Association, emailed a thirteen-page letter to Republican Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward, City Attorney Lysia Bowling, and City of Pensacola Parks & Recreation Director Brian Cooper, demanding that a historical cross be censored from Bayview Park.  She emailed a copy of this letter to the East Hill Neighborhood Association.

Miller’s letter began thus:

“A City of Pensacola resident has contacted our office on behalf of several concerned residents to request assistance with regard to what is correctly perceived as a constitutional violation.  Specifically, the City of Pensacola is violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment by prominently displaying a towering, stand-alone Latin cross–a Christian symbol–on government property in Bayview Park.  An image of this cross is provided below.

“Because this cross violates the Establishment Clause, we hereby demand that the City promptly remove it to private property, and if the City does not, our organization will pursue the matter through litigation in federal court.”

And Miller’s letter ended thus:

“In view of the aforementioned authorities, it is clear that the City is in violation of the Establishment Clause.  This letter serves as an official notice of the unconstitutional activity and demands that the City remove the cross from Bayview Park immediately.  We kindly ask that you notify us in writing within seven (7) days of receipt of this letter setting forth the steps you will take to rectify this constitutional infringement.  Thank you for turning your attention to this important matter.”

The Bayview Park Cross has now been ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge. The City of Pensacola is appealing this ruling, with pro bono legal representation by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty–and U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson has suspended his order to remove the Bayview Park Cross by July 19, 2017, pending this appeal.

An “important matter” indeed.

Yet this “important matter” didn’t even exist until Republican Mayor Ashton Hayward censored the First Confederate Flag from Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays, without the consent of his constituents, and all five members of the Escambia County Commission–Republican Doug Underhill, Republican Grover C. Robinson IV, Republican Steven Barry, Republican Wilson Robertson, and Democrat Lumon May–chose to keep the First Confederate Flag censored from Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays, without the consent of their constituents.

Because of abusive local politicians (all but one of whom are Republicans)–and Digital-Age Pensacolians mindlessly tolerating their abuse–Pensacola is no longer the City of Five Flags.

Yet Pensacola may soon be known, nationwide, as the City of Censorship.

And there are numerous potential targets for pro-censorship activists in Pensacola, Florida.

Here are just a few of them:

Pro-censorship activists can make an “important matter” of every single one of the above Pensacola icons–and countless more.

Yet it’s not pro-censorship activists who abuse the people–it’s corrupt and cowardly politicians who give in to them.  Corrupt and cowardly politicians like Democrat Lumon May, Republican Wilson Robertson (and his exact-duplicate replacement, Republican Jeff Bergosh), Republican Steven Barry, Republican Grover C. Robinson IV, Republican Doug Underhill–and especially Republican Ashton Hayward, who started this vicious cycle of censorship in Pensacola, on June 24, 2015.

Instead of censoring historical flags and crosses, I’d rather censor corrupt and cowardly politicians who engage in government-imposed censorship–who infringe on their constituents’ First-Amendment right to freedom of speech.  I’d rather straighten those bastards out–or get them out of office.

How about you, Pensacola?

YOU SHOULD BE TIRED OF IT TOO

ON JUNE 17, 2015, DYLANN ROOF MURDERED NINE PEOPLE AT MOTHER EMANUEL A.M.E. CHURCH IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

“I know you’re a strong supporter of the Second Amendment–is there anything about this situation that makes you think, ‘Okay, should we rethink–is it time for some kind of change?'”
“ANY TIME THERE IS A TRAUMATIC SITUATION, PEOPLE WANT SOMETHING TO BLAME–THEY ALWAYS WANT SOMETHING TO GO AFTER…”

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

“THE HATE-FILLED MURDERER WHO MASSACRED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHARLESTON [SOUTH CAROLINA] HAS A SICK AND TWISTED VIEW OF [THE CONFEDERATE FLAG THAT FLIES ON THE STATEHOUSE GROUNDS IN COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA]”
“TODAY WE ARE HERE…TO SAY IT’S TIME TO MOVE THE FLAG…”

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

“I UNDERSTAND THE [FIRST CONFEDERATE] FLAGS ARE DOWN, BUT I WANT TO MAKE IT PERMANENT. I DON’T WANT ANY CHANCE OF THOSE FLAGS GOING BACK UP.”

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

State workers take down a Confederate national flag on the grounds of the state Capitol, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Montgomery. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley orders Confederate flags taken down from state Capitol. (AP Photo/Martin Swant)

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

State workers take down a Confederate national flag on the grounds of the state Capitol, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley ordered Confederate flags taken down from a monument at the state Capitol. (AP Photo/Martin Swant)

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

YOU SHOULD BE TIRED OF IT TOO.

NO TRUTH, NO JUSTICE

Truth and justice are both important.

But though we can have truth without justice, we cannot have justice without truth.

Because all injustice is a product of falsehood–misinformation, misunderstanding, misrepresentation, lies, half-truths, unsubstantiated rumors, deception, deceit, dishonesty, rash assumptions, rash conclusions, rash judgments, manipulation of facts, disguising opinions as facts, interpolation, censorship, ignorance.

So as important as justice is, truth is arguably more important.

Because we cannot have justice without truth.

Truth.

Truth, no matter how much it hurts.

Truth, no matter whom it hurts–even ourselves.

Truth, no matter what.

Truth at all costs.

NO TRUTH, NO JUSTICE.

BECAUSE HISTORY IS REPEATING ITSELF

150 years ago, the Republican Party was punishing the entire Southern region of the United States for the murderous act of one deranged zealot–John Wilkes Booth.

And 150 years later, the Republican Party is punishing the entire Southern region of the United States for the murderous act of one deranged zealot–Dylann Storm Roof.

Formed in 1854–not for the abolition of slavery, but for the creation of an American empire centered in the industrialized Northern region of the United States–the Republican Party, from the very beginning, was literally pledged against the South.

Now the Republican Party is pledged against the South, once again.

And just as it is time for Democratic voters all over the United States to abandon the Democratic Party, it is time for Republican voters all over the United States to abandon the Republican Party–especially in the South.

Because history is repeating itself.

HOW NIKKI HALEY CAN BE STOPPED

WHY NIKKI HALEY MUST BE STOPPED

Nikki Haley can be removed from office–this is the only way she can be stopped.

But President Trump won’t do this, because he’s the one who nominated her for this position in his cabinet–immediately after he was elected.

And if President Trump is removed from office, President Pence won’t do this either.

No Democratic or Republican politician will remove Nikki Haley from office.  She’s too right-wing for the Republicans to remove her, and too politically correct for the Democrats to remove her.  It was both Republicans and Democrats on the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations who favorably reported her–and both Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate who confirmed her–in the first place.

Nikki Haley will not be removed from office officially.

But she can be removed from office unofficially.

She can be executed for her crime.

As of April 10, 2017, Dylann S. Roof has finally been given nine consecutive life sentences for the nine lives he took.  But Nikki Haley has not only escaped prosecution for her crime of exploiting the mass murder committed by Dylann Roof–she is being rewarded for it.  And in four years (eight years if Trump or Pence is reelected) she may be President of the United States.

I have neither the means nor expertise to carry out an act of vigilante justice.

But someone has.

Someone has both the means and expertise to execute Nikki Haley for her crime of exploiting a mass murder.

Someone has both the means and expertise to execute Nikki Haley before she can exploit any more mass murders–and before she can further her career, even into the White House, on the backs of countless more murder victims.

Unless protocol has changed, Nikki R. Haley (a.k.a. Nimrata Randhawa Haley) currently resides in an elaborate and elegant suite of rooms on the 42nd floor of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.  She works gloats, schemes, and manipulates at the United Nations Headquarters complex in New York City.  And though she is almost certainly guarded between the United Nations and the Waldorf-Astoria most of the time, she is almost certainly unguarded between the United Nations and the Waldorf-Astoria some of the time.

As long as Nikki Haley serves as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, justice will not be served.

Someone has both the means and expertise to serve justice–to execute the Dishonorable Nikki R. Haley for her crime against humanity.

That someone has my appreciation and admiration.

And that someone will have my testimony, on his (or her) behalf, once justice has finally been served.

All he (or she) needs to do is mention my name (Scott Wesley Mayo)–or the name of my blog.

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 1


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