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HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 3

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PENSACOLA’S FIVE-FLAGS DISPLAYS

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?

AMERICAN FLAGS

We expect our American troops to defend our current American Flag against all foreign enemies.

But if we don’t defend our historical American Flags against all domestic enemies, how can we be worthy of our American troops?

RESIST GOVERNMENT-IMPOSED CENSORSHIP, OR DON’T RESIST IT

WEAR news has stories about the controversy over the Bayview Park Cross every night, lately.  So many people are furious that this cross is slated to be censored.

But these same people said nothing when the First Confederate Flag was censored from our Five-Flags displays, without our consent–and they still say nothing about this government-imposed censorship of our Five-Flags displays.

When your First-Amendment right to freedom of speech is violated, you can’t pick and choose.  If you say nothing about the First Confederate Flag being censored, without your consent, because you have a negative opinion of this flag, or because you have no opinion of this flag–you have no business complaining about this cross being censored, without your consent.

If your right to freedom of speech is violated by politicians engaging in government-imposed censorship, your opinion of what is censored doesn’t matter. What matters is that your right to freedom of speech is violated.

You can’t pick and choose–stand up for your First-Amendment right to freedom of speech, or don’t stand up for it.

Resist government-imposed censorship, or don’t resist it.

NO MORE EXCUSES

This historical cross is now coming down (unless you force your local government to sell the land on which it stands, to a private entity).

That historical cross would not even face the threat of being censored, if you had stood up against your local government’s censorship of this historical flag from your historical flags displays, without your consent.

As of next Sunday, it has been exactly two years since Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward censored this historical flag from your Five-Flags displays, without your consent.  And as of next Monday, it has been exactly two years since Escambia County Commissioners Doug Underhill, Steven Barry, Grover C. Robinson IV, Wilson Robertson, and Lumon May censored this historical flag from your Five-Flags Displays, without your consent.  And every one of those local politicians is still in office, except Wilson Robertson–who has been replaced with Jeff Bergosh (an exact duplicate).

Your historical flags displays are still censored, without your consent–this is not “over and done with.”

Do you think your local politicians will stop censoring your history, without your consent, after that historical cross is removed?

No one said a word about that historical cross until your local politicians censored your historical flags displays, without your consent.  Your local politicians’ infringement on your First-Amendment right to freedom of speech gave the green light to pro-censorship activists–and that’s why that historical cross will soon be censored, without your consent.

When politicians give pro-censorship activists an inch, pro-censorship activists take a mile.

And when you give politicians an inch, politicians take a mile.

I have not done nearly as much as I intend to do, in protesting this local-government censorship of my historical flags displays–censorship done by cowardly politicians, without my consent.

But if enough of you would do half as much as I’ve done, I wouldn’t need to do any more at all.

It’s your First-Amendment right to freedom of speech that I’m defending, as well as mine.  It’s in your interest that those cowardly politicians return this historical flag (the First Confederate Flag) to its rightful place in our Five-Flags Displays, as well as mine.

You spend so much time on your mindless smartphones–mindlessly talking, texting, and tweeting.

Don’t tell me you don’t have time to contact local politicians who have censored your historical flags displays, without your consent–and remind them that these historical flags displays belong to you.

No more excuses–take your city back, or you will lose your country.

No more excuses–take your First-Amendment right to freedom of speech back, or you will lose your Second-Amendment right to keep and bear arms, and every other constitutional right you have been granted in the last 225 years.

This is how your Five-Flags Displays should look–make it so.

WHAT MAKES NIKKI HALEY SO DISHONORABLE

“Fair play seeks what is right–not who is right.”

More than any other teaching I’ve ever heard in my life, I try to live by this one from the late Zig Ziglar.

But politicians, like Nikki Haley, do exactly the opposite–everything with those bastards is a double standard.

While Nikki Haley was reluctantly doing her obligatory survey outside the scene of Dylann Roof’s massacre of nine parishioners of Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina, she was approached by an NBC reporter.

The reporter asked Haley if she would consider doing anything at all to strengthen the gun laws in the state of which she was governor.

Haley indicated she absolutely would not.  She made it very clear that Dylann Roof’s gun had nothing to do with that mass murder–and that only Dylann Roof was to blame.

Haley made the arguably valid statement that whenever something like this happened, everyone wanted to blame it on something.

Then Nikki Haley did exactly that.  She blamed the mass murder committed by Dylann Roof, in Charleston, on a Confederate battle flag beside a Confederate memorial monument in Columbia, South Carolina.

Nikki Haley implied that a Confederate battle flag displayed beside a Confederate memorial monument had inspired Dylann Roof to murder nine people in a church. She emphatically suggested that a flag had caused the murder of nine people.

Republican Nikki Haley began a program of gross infringement on our First-Amendment right to freedom of speech, simply to avoid any discussion of our Second-Amendment right to keep and bear arms–a program that is still being carried out, almost exclusively by Republican state and local politicians.

Nikki Haley cared not about what was right, but who was right–who being the Republican Party (the Republican Party being the darling of the NRA).

Now, as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, she’s threatening the United Nations Human Rights Council with a U.S. withdrawal from it–because, as she claims, the United Nations is “bullying” Israel (the Zionist State)–which has been bullying Palestinian Arabs since 1948.

Nikki Haley cares not about what is right, but who is right–who being the Republican Party (the Republican Party being the darling of the Zionist State).

Everything with Nikki Haley is a double standard.

Nikki Haley will tell anything but the truth, expecting enough people to buy her lies–no matter how preposterous.

And sadly, enough people do.

This is why the Dishonorable Nikki R. Haley is the most dangerous politician in the United States today.

And she will remain so, unless enough people stop buying her lies.

Fair play seeks what is right–not who is right.

Nikki Haley seeks the opposite–and takes it for granted that enough other people will do the same.

This is what makes Nikki Haley so dishonorable.

THE ULTIMATE COST OF CENSORSHIP

I last visited New Orleans in the summer of 1991, when I was 25.

It was a wonderful experience–so much to ponder.

One night there, I stayed at the Cornstalk Inn Hotel, in the French Quarter.

Among the many sites I’d seen that day was a slave market–just down the street from this bed-and-breakfast hotel.

According to the legend of the Cornstalk Inn, Harriet Beecher Stowe was among the many notable guests who had slept there–and she was inspired to write Uncle Tom’s Cabin, after visiting that slave market.

Of course that slave market was still in business when Harriet Beecher Stowe was there.

And of course I pondered what that must have been like–seeing people being sold like cattle.

That slave market was still there, in 1991–as it still is today.

It was far older than that historic hotel–in fact, it had probably been built by the French.

And if it hadn’t have been there, I couldn’t have pondered anything.

Before Mitch Landrieu’s term is up, he’ll almost certainly destroy that slave market too.

And at this point, he might as well.

After all, I can never again ponder the historical significance of the Battle of Liberty Place, in New Orleans.  Nor can I ever again ponder the historical and cultural significance of U.S. Secretary of War and Confederate President Jefferson Davis, U.S. Civil Engineer and Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard, and U.S. Lieutenant Colonel and Confederate General Robert E. Lee–all three men greatly, and validly, admired by the United States and Confederate States, alike.

This is the ultimate cost of this posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America.

This is the ultimate cost of censorship–especially government-imposed censorship, executed by self-serving politicians, with no regard for the constitutional or civil rights of their constituents.

WHO’S AFRAID OF THE TRUTH?

As of today, May 19, 2017, Mitch Landrieu has finally completed the destruction of all four of the Confederate memorial monuments in New Orleans.

He has done this without the consent of the people of Greater New Orleans, Louisiana at all–he hasn’t even allowed them to vote on it.

Using taxpayers’ money, Mayor Landrieu has employed henchmen among the firefighters of New Orleans (read Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury) to destroy these American historical monuments–all wearing masks and bulletproof vests, and all with the protection of police snipers, also employed by Landrieu (read 1984, by George Orwell).

In a private speech Mayor Landrieu gave his cronies today–both Democratic and Republican–he said, “We cannot be afraid of the truth.”

Who’s afraid of the truth?

The four Black, Democratic mayors who preceded Mitch Landrieu were not afraid of the truth.

Mitch Landrieu’s father, Mayor Moon Landrieu, was not afraid of the truth.

The citizens of Greater New Orleans–of all races and ethnic groups–were not afraid of the truth.

But Mayor Mitch Landrieu was certainly afraid of the truth.

Why, he was so afraid of the truth that he completely censored it, erased it so that no one would ever be able to know or understand it.

No tourists would ever be able to ask who Jefferson Davis was, who P.G.T. Beauregard was, who Robert E. Lee was–or even what gave rise to a local skirmish between Democrats and Republicans.

No tourists would ever be able to ask what the Confederate States of America was–how it was established, and why–and why it fought a defensive war against the United States of America to maintain its independence.

No tourists would ever be able to ask why the United States waged this war against the Confederate States, in the first place–and why the United States engaged in a brutal occupation of the former Confederate States, in which all citizens of the former Confederate States of America were denied their constitutional rights under the United States Constitution for twelve years.

No tourists would ever be able to ask what impact this era of American history would have on the future of the United States of America.

No tourists would ever be able to ask any questions about American history in New Orleans at all, because no tourists would know what questions to ask.

No tourists would ever see any evidence of this history.

No tourists would ever be able to learn the truth.

No schoolchildren ever would, either.

No future citizens of Greater New Orleans ever would, either.

Yes, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu was certainly afraid of the truth.

Just as Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was.

Just as Republican Alabama Governor Robert Bentley was.

Just as Republican Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward was.

Just as Republican Escambia County Commissioners Doug Underhill, Steven Barry, Wilson Robertson, and Grover C. Robinson IV were.

Just as Democratic Escambia County Commissioner Lumon May was.

Just as every state and local politician in the Southern United States was–and still is.

Because all politicians know that truth is something to be avoided, at all costs.

All politicians know that their power can only be maintained as long as their constituents are kept in a state of ignorance–as long as their constituents are blissfully unaware of the truth.

Who’s afraid of the truth?


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