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HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 2

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 3

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

THE SCHOOL OF RED HERRINGS ON THE HORIZON

“So what?” you say.  “The Confederate Flag is not my flag–an infringement on it is not an infringement on my right to freedom of speech.”

Guess what–your flag will be next.

“So what?” you say.  “Islam is not my religion–an infringement on it is not an infringement on my right to freedom of religion.”

Guess what–your religion will be next.

A BIZARRE KIND OF BARGAINING REVISITED

A flag is a piece of cloth that says something.  It is a piece of cloth that speaks.

The Confederate Battle Flag (the Southern Cross) says, “This is the Confederate side of the battlefield.” And that is all it was designed to say.

The First Confederate Flag (the Stars and Bars), the Second Confederate Flag (the Stainless Banner), and the Third Confederate Flag (the Bloodstained Banner) say, “This is the Confederate States of America.” And that is all they were designed to say.

Because the Confederate Flag (all four designs) is a piece of cloth that says something, a piece of cloth that speaks, it is representative of speech itself.  Thus an infringement on the Confederate Flag is an infringement on our right to freedom of speech.

Dylann Roof abused our right to keep and bear arms, and murdered nine people. Yet the Confederate Flag has been censored–as if the Confederate Flag is to blame for this mass shooting.

Because our right to keep and bear arms was abused, our right to freedom of speech has been infringed.

Islam is a religion.

Because Islam is a religion, it is representative of religion itself.  Thus an infringement on Islam is an infringement on our right to freedom of religion.

Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik abused our right to keep and bear arms, and murdered fourteen people.  Yet Islam has been scrutinized–as if Islam is to blame for this mass shooting.  Muslims–adherents of Islam–have been ostracized, persecuted, and (in some cases) murdered.

Because our right to keep and bear arms was abused, our right to freedom of religion has been infringed.

“So what?” you say.  “The Confederate Flag is not my flag–an infringement on it is not an infringement on my right to freedom of speech.”

Guess what–your flag will be next.

“So what?” you say.  “Islam is not my religion–an infringement on it is not an infringement on my right to freedom of religion.”

Guess what–your religion will be next.

A bizarre kind of bargaining is going on here.

Americans are saying, “You can infringe on our right to freedom of speech, as long as you don’t even question our right to keep and bear arms.”

Americans are saying, “You can infringe on our right to freedom of religion, as long as you don’t even question our right to keep and bear arms.”

Our right to keep and bear arms is as important as every other right guaranteed us in our Bill of Rights.

But if we lose our right to freedom of speech, our right to freedom of religion, and every other right guaranteed us in our Bill of Rights–by overzealously guarding our right to keep and bear arms, and leaving every other right wide open to infringement–what good will our right to keep and bear arms be to us?

Let me add that these largely Republican politicians who are committing this cultural genocide against their Southern constituents are not acting in a conservative manner at all.  

In the last fifty years, the Republican Party–traditionally the more progressive or liberal party–has become the more conservative party–while the Democratic Party–traditionally the more conservative party–has become the more progressive or liberal party.  In short, these two political parties have switched platforms.

Conservatism involves more than just keeping the status quo. Conservatism involves approaching change cautiously and thoughtfully. Making rash decisions, acting on impulse, is not conservative at all.  The conservative considers all possible consequences of a change before making it.  The conservative doesn’t rush, but takes all the time he or she needs to weigh the pros and cons of any change.

By this definition, George W. Bush’s decision to send troops to Iraq before the campaign in Afghanistan had been completed was not conservative at all.  His father’s decision to send troops to Iraq only after its military had invaded Kuwait–and not while the U.S. military was engaged in another campaign–may not have been the best decision.  But at least it was a conservative decision.

Republican Governor Nikki Haley–who started this cultural genocide of the American South–was not conservative at all, in what she did.  The conservative decision would have been to remove the Confederate Battle Flag from South Carolina’s capitol building in Columbia–because no flag should fly above a state capitol building except that state’s flag and the current federal government’s flag–then stop there.

But she didn’t stop there–she moved on to remove all Confederate flags from historical flags displays and Confederate memorials too.  This wasn’t conservative at all–this was just irrational.  And Republican governors, county commissioners, and mayors all over the Southern United States followed Nikki Haley’s cue–removing Confederate flags, not from state capitol buildings or local government buildings–but from historical flags displays, Confederate memorials, and Confederate cemeteries.  And now the destruction of Confederate memorials has begun, in New Orleans–and will likewise spread all over the Southern United States–unless of course the constituents of these largely Republican politicians start resisting this cultural genocide.

These largely Republican politicians are no more conservative than Nikki Haley–and are just as irrational.

The fact is that by failing to uphold the principles of conservatism that it has claimed to champion for the last fifty years–by engaging in this cultural genocide of the American South through largely Republican governors, county commissioners, and mayors–the Republican Party has betrayed the trust of its loyal Southern base.

Let me also add that it does no good to guard against federal-government infringement of our rights as U.S. citizens, if we allow our state and local governments to infringe on these same rights.

Our federal government has been infringing on our rights for a very long time–and it is well that we guard against further infringement, and hold it accountable for current infringement.

Yet this trend of targeting red herrings to dodge the issue of gun regulation is not being carried out by our federal government at all–but by our state and local governments.

It is our state and local governments that are indirectly infringing on our right to freedom of speech by censoring Confederate flags and destroying Confederate memorials.

And it is our state and local governments that are indirectly infringing on our right to freedom of religion by passing laws to keep Syrian refugees out of their jurisdictions simply because they are Muslim.

Our right to keep and bear arms is as important as every other right guaranteed us in our Bill of Rights.

But if we lose our right to freedom of speech, our right to freedom of religion, and every other right guaranteed us in our Bill of Rights–by overzealously guarding our right to keep and bear arms, and leaving every other right wide open to infringement–what good will our right to keep and bear arms be to us?

Likewise, our federal government is as potentially dangerous to every right guaranteed us in our Bill of Rights as our state and local governments are.

But if we lose our right to freedom of speech, our right to freedom of religion, and every other right guaranteed us in our Bill of Rights–by overzealously guarding against infringement of these rights by our federal government, and leaving them wide open to infringement by our state and local governments–what difference will it make?

FROM THEIR PERSPECTIVE

[This was originally posted August 16, 2015]

The following is an excerpt from a draft of a family history written by my father:

     Back to Great Grandpa Mark Mayo.  I’ve enclosed some information about his war years–the history of Grandpa Mark’s unit, Company “E”, the roster of the men, and a brief summary of their engagements.  In November of 1864, Company “E” had some men captured at Pine Barren, Florida (about 25 miles north of Pensacola), and they were held as prisoners of war until the war ended. Most of the 15th Cavalry Regiment’s engagements were in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana but as stated in the record, Company “E” was detached for special assignments for months at a time throughout the war as cavalry support for other outfits or for scouting enemy units.  Enclosed is a newspaper article from the Mobile paper about the battle of Eliska, Alabama, which was the last battle Grandpa Mark was in.  On his pension form, he told about his last battle around Claiborne, Alabama, which took place at the community of Eliska. As the information I’ve enclosed states, about 400 regular Confederate cavalry troops of the 15th Cavalry Regiment were sent to Eliska to help the local militia and some local people repel what was thought to be not too large a force of Union troops heading their way.  Grandpa Mark’s and Uncle Frederick’s Company “E” was one of the companies that went.  They ran into from 4,000 to 6,500 of some of the best equipped troops in the Union Army under General Steele, who were commanded in the field by General Lucas.  The Confederate troops were completely defeated.  The local people up there call it Lucas’ Raid.  A few days later General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General U.S. Grant at Appomattox, which effectively ended the Civil War.  Grandpa Mark and his brother were barely able to get away from Eliska alive.  After the South surrendered, Grandpa Mark took the oath of allegiance to the United States of America at Milton, Florida as was required of all Confederate veterans.  I don’t know where his brother, Frederick, and the McCurdy brothers took their oath–maybe the same place.

     I might mention that after Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox, just a couple hours later there was one more great battle raging farther South, which would be the last major engagement of the Civil War.  It was at Blakely, Alabama–a town across the river from Mobile where Confederate troops were guarding the eastern approach to Mobile.  Sixteen thousand Union troops completely overwhelmed the Confederate troops at Blakely.  The Confederate troops at Blakely were made up of regulars, and many old men and young boys. Many of the Confederate troops drowned while trying to swim in the river to escape the overwhelming force of Union troops.

     After the Civil War, Grandpa Mark drove a stagecoach for a while.  In 1880 Grandpa Mark and Aunt Mercy Jane’s husband, my Great-Great Uncle Francis Marian McCurdy, went into the timber business together in Escambia County, Florida.  Great-Grandpa Mark had married Margaret Angeline Jernigan in 1867. Great-Grandma Angeline was born in Santa Rosa County in 1843.

What did the Confederate Flag mean to Confederate troops?  Same things the Union Flag meant to Union troops: home, security, and survival.

My great-great grandfather Mark Mayo, my great-great grandfather Francis Marian McCurdy, and my great-great-great uncle Frederick Mayo were Confederate soldiers in the War between the Confederate States of America and the United States of America.

Like most Confederate soldiers, these three young men were not a part of the slave-owning aristocracy that had supported secession from the United States–their families had no say in that.  And like most Confederate soldiers, these three young men did not fight in the interest of slavery–or even for the cause of states’ rights.  They simply fought to protect their homes and families from an overwhelmingly powerful, invading army.

FROM MY PERSPECTIVE

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The confederate flag waves from top of pup tent of SFC Eugene L. Bursi, of Memphis , Tenn., an artilleryman with the 136th Field Artillery Battalion U.S. Eighth Army, in Korea on April 27, 1951. (AP Photo)

The confederate flag waves from top of pup tent of SFC Eugene L. Bursi, of Memphis , Tenn., an artilleryman with the 136th Field Artillery Battalion U.S. Eighth Army, in Korea on April 27, 1951. (AP Photo)

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Amazing, isn’t it?

These are just a few photographs of U.S. troops carrying the Confederate Battle Flag into battle in the Second World War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

As aforementioned, my great-great-grandfather Mark Mayo, my great-great-grandfather Francis Marian McCurdy, and my great-great-great-uncle Frederick Mayo were Confederate veterans.

And as aforementioned, their families were not a part of the ten percent of White Southerners who owned slaves–the aristocracy.  Their families were a part of the ninety percent of White Southerners who were lower-middle-class at most and dirt-poor at least.  They didn’t fight in the interest of slavery, or for the cause of states’ rights.  They fought simply to defend their homes and families from an overwhelmingly powerful Union army.

And at the end of the war, they swore allegiance to the United States–as all Confederate veterans were required to do.

My great-uncle Lloyd was a World War II veteran.  He was from Ohio–as my paternal grandmother’s family was.  These ancestors of mine were Northerners–I still have relatives there in Ohio.  It is quite possible that some of my Northern ancestors were Union veterans.  And that would be okay with me.

And my father–his late father the descendant of the Confederate veterans–is a Korean War veteran.

Before I purchased the First Confederate Flag shown in a previous post, I was told that more would probably be available in the future–but none made in the U.S.A. Because all U.S. companies ceased making them, as a part of the corporate retail censorship.  So I insisted on getting two First Confederate Flags immediately–because I wanted to have at least one of these that was made in the United States.  I only regret that I didn’t get more than two.  It was very important to me that these First Flags of the Confederate States of America were made in the United States of America.

Why?

Because my country was the United States of America.

I have no wish to resurrect the Confederate States of America–it was defeated by the United States of America 150 years ago.  But it is because I love my country, the United States of America, that I do whatever I can to stop–or at least resist–this state-and-local-government censorship of every emblem of the Confederate States of America and state-and-local-government destruction of every remnant of the Confederate States of America.

This cultural genocide of the Southern United States–this assault on the history, heritage, and culture of an entire region of the United States–is destructive to the United States itself.

There is no way in hell that this is not a Republican ploy to distract the American public from the issue of gun regulation.  Nikki Haley, the Republican governor of South Carolina, started this cultural assault on the American South–and Republican governors, county commissioners, and mayors all over the American South have taken it to the point of cultural genocide.  Some of these politicians are Democrats.  But most of them are Republicans.  They began censoring Confederate flags in Columbia, South Carolina–and all Confederate flags have been censored everywhere else.  Now they’ve begun destroying Confederate memorials in New Orleans, Louisiana–and all Confederate memorials will be destroyed everywhere else.  And they will eventually destroy all Confederate cemeteries, as well as individual Confederate veterans’ graves.

Unless my fellow Southerners start resisting this–start standing with me, against this insanity.

This is not what my country–the United States of America–is about.

As aforementioned, I support those who display the Confederate Battle Flag from their vehicles and homes–in protest of this cultural genocide.

But the issue here, in Greater Pensacola, Florida, is that of the First Confederate Flag.

The Confederate Battle Flag was replaced with the First Confederate Flag in the Five Flags displays here in 2000.  And that was a reasonable change.  But removing the First Confederate Flag from these same historical displays last year was not a reasonable change at all.  And replacing the First Confederate Flag with the State Flag of Florida is not only unreasonable–it’s downright ridiculous.

I actually feel that removing the Confederate Battle Flag from the State Capitol Building in Columbia, South Carolina was the right thing to do.  Because no flag should fly above any state capitol except that state’s flag and the current federal government’s flag (the Flag of the United States, in this case).  But that should have been done many years before–it shouldn’t have taken some misplaced hysteria regarding a mass shooting to prompt that action.  And last year, it should have stopped there.  The removal of the Confederate Flag should not have expanded beyond the State Capitol Building in Columbia, South Carolina–and into historical displays and Confederate memorials all over the American South, as it has.

It’s ironic that this cultural genocide is being committed by Southern politicians against their Southern constituents–especially because Southern Americans are generally the proudest Americans of all.

It’s just a fact–the most fervent supporters of the United States of America are those Americans who live in what was, at one time, the Confederate States of America.

The American South is the most patriotic region of America.

The American South is also the most Republican region of America.

And this is how the Republican Party repays its loyal Southern base–by committing cultural genocide against its Southern base through Republican governors, county commissioners, and mayors.

In the photographs displayed in this post, one can see Southern American soldiers proudly representing the United States of America with the Battle Flag of the bygone Confederate States of America.

I cannot speak for my fellow Southerners (though I wish to God they would speak up for themselves, in resistance to this cultural genocide).  But it is because I support the United States of America that I oppose this posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America.

To censor a nation’s history is to censor that nation itself.

And to assault a culture within a nation is to assault that nation itself.

A BIZARRE KIND OF BARGAINING

[This was originally posted December 22, 2015]

A flag is a piece of cloth that says something.  It is a piece of cloth that speaks.

The Confederate Battle Flag (the Southern Cross) says, “This is the Confederate side of the battlefield.”  And that is all it was designed to say.

The First Confederate Flag (the Stars and Bars), the Second Confederate Flag (the Stainless Banner), and the Third Confederate Flag (the Bloodstained Banner) say, “This is the Confederate States of America.”  And that is all they were designed to say.

Because the Confederate Flag (all four designs) is a piece of cloth that says something, a piece of cloth that speaks, it is representative of speech itself.  Thus an infringement on the Confederate Flag is an infringement on our right to freedom of speech.

Dylann Roof abused our right to keep and bear arms, and murdered nine people. Yet the Confederate Flag has been censored–as if the Confederate Flag is to blame for this mass shooting.

Because our right to keep and bear arms was abused, our right to freedom of speech has been infringed.

Islam is a religion.

Because Islam is a religion, it is representative of religion itself.  Thus an infringement on Islam is an infringement on our right to freedom of religion.

Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik abused our right to keep and bear arms, and murdered fourteen people.  Yet Islam has been scrutinized–as if Islam is to blame for this mass shooting.  Muslims–adherents of Islam–have been ostracized, persecuted, and (in some cases) murdered.

Because our right to keep and bear arms was abused, our right to freedom of religion has been infringed.

“So what?” you say.  “The Confederate Flag is not my flag–an infringement on it is not an infringement on my right to freedom of speech.”

Guess what–your flag will be next.

“So what?” you say.  “Islam is not my religion–an infringement on it is not an infringement on my right to freedom of religion.”

Guess what–your religion will be next.

A bizarre kind of bargaining is going on here.

Americans are saying, “You can infringe on our right to freedom of speech, as long as you don’t even question our right to keep and bear arms.”

Americans are saying, “You can infringe on our right to freedom of religion, as long as you don’t even question our right to keep and bear arms.”

Our right to keep and bear arms is as important as every other right guaranteed us in our Bill of Rights.

But if we lose our right to freedom of speech, our right to freedom of religion, and every other right guaranteed us in our Bill of Rights–by overzealously guarding our right to keep and bear arms, and leaving every other right wide open to infringement–what good will our right to keep and bear arms be to us?

“MY PARTY, RIGHT OR WRONG” IS DANGEROUS THINKING

I’ve never seen such a travesty of a presidential campaign in my life.  The American press–now the Instigator of the People–is rolling in the dough with this one.

As aforementioned, there is no way in hell Donald Trump is going to be President of the United States.  The Republican Party is not going to be stupid enough to nominate him–and if he runs as an independent he cannot possibly win.

But I am quite frightened of the idea of Hillary Clinton as President–and Donald Trump is helping her campaign more than anyone else.  It has even been suggested to me that Donald Trump is a plant for the “Hillary” campaign–and this is certainly possible.

I hate the Republican Party as much as I hate the Democratic Party.

But it concerns me that the Republican Party cannot get its act together.  As much as I hate the Republican Party, I don’t want to see it fall apart.  Because if it does, there will just be one major political party remaining–and this nation will be closer than ever to a one-party, totalitarian state.

Political parties were not expected to develop, in the first place.  There were no political parties when George Washington was elected as our first president–and he was dismayed to see, during his second term, the government he had fought for and helped to establish already unraveling into factions (which were later to be called “parties”).

Yet if these factions would have been outlawed–then we would have had a one-party state way back then.  So political factions–political parties–had to be tolerated.

Now if both the Republican and Democratic Parties unraveled on their own, this would not be so bad.  But the Democratic Party is not about to unravel–it’s as strong as ever.

And this is why you Republican voters need to stop supporting Donald Trump, and start seriously considering the real Republican candidates.  Donald Trump is not a Republican, he is an impostor.  And if Donald Trump were to run as an independent, he would be an impostor.

And though Hillary Clinton is arguably as self-serving as Donald Trump, she is not an impostor–she’s an honest-to-God Democrat.  Yet she has as much character as her husband–which isn’t saying much.

But this post is addressed primarily to Republican voters.

You Republican voters in the South need especially to consider your loyalty to the Republican Party.  In assaulting the history, heritage, and culture of the American South, by censoring (through state and local Republican politicians) the Confederate Flag, and beginning a campaign to eliminate all traces of the Confederate States of America, the Republican Party has betrayed you.  I would suggest you change your voting status to independent–as I did in 2003, when George W. Bush betrayed the trust of the American People by sending troops to Iraq without just cause, and without any consideration for American troops in Iraq or Afghanistan, not to mention Afghan and Iraqi civilians.

But if you choose to remain loyal to the Republican Party–I urge you to demand of your Republican leaders that they stop this assault on your Southern history, heritage, and culture.

The Republican Party needs to get that goddamned clown, Donald Trump, out of the way, and get its act together.

But this won’t happen if Republican voters don’t demand it of their chosen political party.

If you are a card-carrying Democratic voter, you need to stop accepting the whole Democratic package, and start holding the Democratic Party accountable for its policies that you don’t support.

If you are a card-carrying Republican voter, you need to stop accepting the whole Republican package, and start holding the Republican Party accountable for its policies that you don’t support.

And of course if you are a citizen of the United States, you need to stop accepting the whole United States package, and start holding the United States accountable for its policies that you don’t support.

Just as “my country, right or wrong” is dangerous thinking, “my party, right or wrong” is dangerous thinking.

THE ELEPHANTS IN THE LIVING ROOM: THE SECOND

The second elephant in the living room of America is, of course, this mass hysteria over the Confederate Flag.  Yesterday was the first day I saw anything in any newspaper (the New York Times, in this case) about the only political issue relevant to the mass murder in South Carolina–that of gun ownership/gun control.  Specifically, the article gave some details of how the murderer was able to so easily obtain the weapon he used.

This should have been the focus of the press to begin with.  And because it wasn’t–it is now more difficult to obtain a Confederate flag than a handgun.  So bastards like Dylann Roof can continue killing, just as easily–while the American people can rest comfortably in the fact that they don’t have to look at any more Confederate flags.  Really reassuring isn’t it?

As aforementioned, most of the state and local politicians who removed Confederate flags all over the South were Republicans.  At first, I assumed this was just because these bastards wanted to assure reelection in 2016–and especially a Republican win for the White House.  But was it something more?  It has been suggested to me that these Republicans jumped onto the Confederate flag controversy to divert America’s attention away from the gun ownership/gun control issue.  And that’s highly possible–if not probable.

But let me be fair–the bastards who so vehemently demanded that these politicians remove Confederate flags all over the South were definitely Democrats. Leftist Democrats with a totally self-serving agenda.  Most of them were White anti-Southern activists from outside the South.  And I strongly suspect that many of them–if not most–were agents of the A.C.L.U. (the so-called American Civil Liberties Union).  And if you know anything about the A.C.L.U., you know that it is totally self-serving.  It thrives on power–pretending to represent its clients, while actually just manipulating and exploiting them.

I’ve mentioned before that the Republican Party is totally self-serving–and that the Democratic Party is totally self-serving.  And I am certain of this.  But there are many groups in this country that are as self-serving as these two political parties–groups that don’t want to destroy America, but to control it.  White supremacist groups, Black supremacist groups, anarchist groups, radical feminist groups, “gay rights” groups, militant nationalist groups, and anti-religious groups are just a few of these.

These groups (or this group) that swooped into the South immediately after this mass shooting, and used it as leverage for their totally irrelevant agenda, have been around a very long time–like the kinds of groups mentioned above.  These are people who hate the South, largely because they know nothing about it.  They are driven by regional prejudice–stereotyping all Southerners as the same.  In short, they are bigots.  And there’s nothing new about them.

What’s new is this mass pacification of such a group by state and local politicians. And this is what is so dangerous.  Like all “control groups”–this group (or these groups) will not stop with the Confederate Flag.  They will move on to demanding the destruction of all other remnants of the Confederacy–public or private–including Confederate cemeteries.  Give ’em an inch, they’ll take a mile.  Just like the White supremacist groups, Black supremacist groups, anarchist groups, radical feminist groups, “gay rights” groups, militant nationalist groups, anti-religious groups, and all other such “control groups” whose agenda is just that–to control the United States, to make it bow to their every whim.

My point is this: The biggest threat to our country is within our country–not without.  We can worry ourselves about the ISIS threat, the Russia threat, the potential Iran threat, even the illegal immigration threat–yet completely overlook the threat to our country by self-serving “control groups”, political parties, all kinds of groups that–by gaining control of America–can destroy America.

If our military guards our country against outside threats–yet our political leaders as well as we ourselves don’t guard our country against inside threats–our country will still be destroyed.


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