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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.

WHAT FLAGS SHOW

This is the Flag of the modern state of Israel–the Zionist State.

Notice the Star of David–the primary symbol of the Jewish religion (Judaism). The modern state of Israel is a Jewish nationalist state–Judaism is its state religion. It was established only for Jews–and is maintained only for Jews.  It was established in terrorism–and is maintained in terrorism.  The Zionist State is a terrorist state–and always has been.  Many Jews consider the Israeli Flag’s use of the Star of David to be a travesty of Judaism–a sacrilege.  These Jews maintain that the new homeland promised the Jewish people in the Torah is to be established by God–not by man.  The modern state of Israel was established by man–and is maintained by man.  This is why many Jews consider it an affront to their faith–and to God.

 

This is the Flag of Palestine–the land that has been occupied by the Zionist State, the Jewish Nationalist State of Israel, since 1948.  The Palestinians are the indigenous people of Palestine.  Most of them are Arabs who have inhabited Palestine for over 1300 years.  Though most of these Palestinian Arabs are Muslim, a large minority of them is Christian.  The Jewish State of Israel makes no distinction between Muslim Arabs and Christian Arabs–it maintains that all Arabs are pests, to be exterminated if not removed.

The Israel of today is not the Israel of Biblical times.  Most of the Jews who live in the modern state of Israel are barely Jewish.  The original Jews of Palestine left that land almost two thousand years ago, in the wake of three failed Jewish revolts against the Roman Empire.  The Romans destroyed Jerusalem, and the Jewish Temple built by King Herod (whom Jews call Herod the Great).  This began what the Jews call the Diaspora (dispersion) –when the vast majority of Jews left Palestine, and moved into other regions of Asia, and into Europe.  Most of the Jews who inhabit the modern state of Israel are Ashkenazim (a.k.a. Ashkenazi Jews).  These are Jews who have interbred with Eastern Europeans for so many centuries that their ancestry is primarily Gentile–not Jewish.  And many of the Jews who inhabit the modern state of Israel are Khazarian Jews.  These are Jews who have interbred with Turks for so many centuries that their ancestry is primarily Gentile–not Jewish.

Notice how different the Palestinian Flag is from the Israeli Flag.  Indeed the only color it has in common with the Israeli Flag is white.  This is intentional–and understandable.  The Zionist Jews have invaded and occupied the homeland of the Palestinians covertly since 1918–and overtly since 1947.  The modern state of Israel was established in 1948 by foreign invaders–and is maintained by foreign invaders.  The Israeli military, at the direction of the Israeli government, has been subjugating, slaughtering, and displacing the indigenous people of Palestine for almost seventy years.

So the Flag of Palestine is in direct contrast to the Flag of the modern state of Israel–because the modern state of Israel is, in reality, Occupied Palestine.

 

 

 

This is the Flag of Britain (a.k.a. the Union Flag, the Union Jack).  The British Empire was the largest in history.  There was even a saying among the people of all the lands occupied by Britain–that the sun never set on the British Empire. England invaded and occupied Wales, Scotland, and Ireland to create Britain. And Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom) is comprised of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland today.

 

This is the Flag of Ireland.

Britain’s King James began the invasion and occupation of Ireland in the early seventeenth century–with the Plantation of Ulster.

The Protestant King James began the British occupation of Catholic Ireland by allowing Scottish and English Protestants to settle in the Northern region of Ireland.  Just as Jewish Zionist settlers have been allowed to forcibly displace the indigenous people of Palestine, with the full military support of the Zionist State (supported, in turn, with money and weaponry provided by foreign governments–primarily that of the United States), Protestant Scottish and English settlers were allowed to forcibly displace the indigenous people of Ireland, in what was called the Plantation of Ulster, with the full military support of Britain.

In time, Protestant Britain occupied all of Catholic Ireland.  And this British Occupation of Ireland didn’t end until the early twentieth century–when the Irish overthrew their British overlords, and established the Republic of Ireland.

Yet Northern Ireland–the old Plantation of Ulster–remains occupied by the Protestant descendants of the Protestant Scottish and English settlers who were allowed to forcibly displace the indigenous people of the Northern region of Ireland, with the full military support of Britain.

So the British state of Northern Ireland is, in reality, Occupied Northern Ireland.

Notice how different the Irish Flag is from the British Flag.  Indeed the only color it has in common with the British Flag is white.  This is intentional–and understandable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the First Flag of the United States of America (a.k.a. the Stars and Stripes, the Star-Spangled Banner, Old Glory).

Notice how similar the United American Flag is to the British Flag.  Indeed its colors are the same–only their arrangement is different.  This is intentional.

Unlike Palestine or Ireland, the United States was not occupied by a foreign power.  In fact, the land of the Native Americans was–and still is–occupied by the United States.

The thirteen British American colonies did not want war with Britain–they wanted Britain to reclaim certain standards of justice and equality that it had forsaken under King George III and the Whig Party.

And in establishing the United States of America, under the uncertainty of an unwanted war, these thirteen colonies considered their new nation to be a reclamation of those standards of justice and equality that Britain had forsaken.

In other words, the United States–from its point of view–was Britain reformed.

 

 

 

 

This is the First Flag of the Confederate States of America (a.k.a. the Stars and Bars).

Notice how similar the Confederate American Flag is to the United American Flag. Indeed its colors are the same–only their arrangement is different.  This is intentional.

The seven United American states of South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas did not want war with the United States–they wanted the United States to reclaim certain standards of justice and equality that it had forsaken under Abraham Lincoln and the Republican Party.

And war was not necessary.

Because, in 1860, there was nothing written in the United States Constitution regarding secession, President James Buchanan granted these seven states the right to peacefully secede from the United States of America, and form their own nation–the Confederate States of America.

And in establishing the Confederate States of America, the seven states of South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas considered their new nation to be a reclamation of those standards of justice and equality that the United States had forsaken.

In other words, the Confederate States–from its point of view–was the United States reformed.

 

 

 

 

This is the First Flag of the Confederate States of America (a.k.a. the Stars and Bars).

Notice how similar the Confederate American Flag is to the United American Flag. Indeed its colors are the same–only their arrangement is different.  This is intentional.

Notice that a star has been added to the United American Flag.  This star represents Kansas.

Because of the question of the expansion of slavery into Western territories–specifically Kansas and Nebraska–it is popularly believed that the states that seceded from the United States, and formed the Confederate States, did so for the preservation of slavery.

This popular assumption is incorrect–and there are several reasons why.

None of the slave states that initially seceded from the United States, and formed the Confederate States, bordered the territories of Kansas and Nebraska.  And the only one of these states that bordered the territory of Oklahoma was Texas.

The only slave state that bordered Kansas or Nebraska was Missouri–and it never seceded.

And when the seven states of South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas seceded from the United States, they forfeited all rights to the Western territories–including Kansas and Nebraska.

In other words, the seven slave states that initially seceded from the United States, and formed the Confederate States, had nothing to gain–in the interest of slavery–by seceding.

Notice that six stars have been added to the Confederate American Flag.  These stars represent Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Missouri.

Abraham Lincoln took office, as the first Republican president of the United States, on March 4, 1861.

Though Lincoln clearly stated, in his inaugural address, that he did not intend to abolish slavery where it already existed, he also refused to acknowledge the Confederate States of America.

President Lincoln refused to uphold the decision made by President James Buchanan, his Democratic predecessor.

Lincoln considered South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas to be rebellious states–though there was nothing against which they had rebelled.

He considered all citizens of the Confederate States of America to be rebels–though there was nothing against which they had rebelled.

And President Abraham Lincoln considered the war he waged–to force the states of South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas back into the United States–to be a rebellion.

It was not until Lincoln waged this war, less than two months after he took office, that the states of Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Arkansas seceded from the United States, and joined the Confederate States of America.

Though these four states were also slave states, they didn’t secede for the preservation of slavery either.  They seceded because they considered the United States of America’s invasion of the Confederate States of America to be unconstitutional, unnecessary–and completely unjustified.

And though Kentucky and Missouri were two of the four slave states that never seceded from the United States (the other two were Maryland and Delaware), many citizens of these two states also considered the United States of America’s invasion of the Confederate States of America to be unconstitutional, unnecessary, and completely unjustified–so much that they joined the Confederate forces to fight their own countrymen.

It was for this reason that–in addition to the four stars added to the Confederate American Flag to represent Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Arkansas–two stars were added to represent Kentucky and Missouri.

 

 

 

 

The Confederate American Flag was very similar to the United American Flag. Indeed its colors were the same–only their arrangement was different.  This was intentional.

Yet on a field of battle, it proved impractical.

During the Battle of First Manassas, General P.G.T. Beauregard observed that the Confederate American Flag’s similarity to the United American Flag caused confusion in the midst of battle.

After the battle, General Beauregard commissioned the design of a Confederate American flag for battlefield use only.

Thus was the Confederate American Battle Flag born–and introduced on November 28, 1861.

Though other flags were used by Confederate American troops in battle, this was the official battle flag.

Yet it was never adopted by the Confederate States Congress as the official flag of the Confederate States of America.  As General Beauregard had intended, the Confederate American Battle Flag was only for battlefield use.

 

 

 

 

This is the Battle Flag of the Confederate States of America (a.k.a. the Southern Cross, the Cross of St. Andrew).

Notice how similar the Confederate American Battle Flag is to the United American Flag.  Indeed its colors are the same–only their arrangement is different.  This is intentional.

 

 

 

 

This is the Second Flag of the Confederate States of America (a.k.a. the Stainless Banner).

Notice how similar the Confederate American Flag is to the United American Flag. Indeed its colors are the same–only their arrangement is different.  This is intentional.

Though the Confederate American Battle Flag was only for battlefield use, its design became increasingly popular among Confederate American troops.  This is understandable.

And because the tide had begun to turn against the Confederate States of America, by the spring of 1863, the Confederate States desired a flag less similar to that of the United States.  This is understandable too.

Thus was the Second Flag of the Confederate States of America (a.k.a. the Stainless Banner) born.

 

 

 

 

This is the Third Flag of the Confederate States of America (a.k.a. the Blood-Stained Banner).

Notice how similar the Confederate American Flag is to the United American Flag. Indeed its colors are the same–only their arrangement is different.  This is intentional.

In time, it was observed that the Second Confederate Flag, when furled, too often resembled a flag of truce.

Thus was the Third Confederate Flag (a.k.a. the Blood-Stained Banner) born.

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

Yet a flag is a piece of cloth that shows something too.

Since June 22, 2015–when a self-serving politician blamed a mass murder on a flag, and called for the censorship of that flag–self-serving state and local politicians all over the American South have been likewise censoring all flags representing the historical Confederate States of America.

And these same self-serving politicians have begun destroying monuments representing the historical Confederate States of America.

They have been doing this without the consent of their Southern American constituents–of any race or ethnicity.

These self-serving politicians–the overwhelming majority of whom are White Republicans–justify their government-imposed censorship by claiming that the Confederate States of America was diametrically opposed to the United States of America.  They claim that the Confederate States of America wanted nothing to do with the United States of America, in any way–that it considered the United States of America to be nothing but an enemy, from the very beginning, nothing to be admired or imitated in any manner.

These politicians know they are lying–as politicians always do.

They can lie about what flags say.

But they cannot lie about what flags show.

Look closely at this flag–and tell me what it shows.

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?

RIGHT NOW!

Confederate flags of every design have been completely censored by state and local politicians all over the Southern United States–and none of their constituents have had any say in this government-imposed censorship of historical flags.

Now the next phase has begun–the destruction of Confederate memorial monuments.  New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, like most of the state and local politicians who have followed Nikki Haley’s lead, is White.  But unlike most of the state and local politicians who have followed Nikki Haley’s lead, Mitch Landrieu is a Democrat.

Mitch Landrieu has finally begun destroying all Confederate memorial monuments in New Orleans, Louisiana–having given his constituents no say in the matter, whatsoever.  He hasn’t even allowed the people of New Orleans to vote on it.

As I mention, in the second part of my presentation on Pensacola’s Five Flags displays, flags can be restored to their rightful places in historical flags displays, and at historical sites.  But historical monuments cannot be restored.  Once they’re destroyed–even by being dismantled and moved–they can never be restored to their rightful places in the past, present, or future.

Mitch Landrieu is getting away with this destruction of historical monuments because so few Southern Americans have resisted this censorship of historical flags.

As I also state in the second part of my presentation on Pensacola’s Five Flags displays, this is how politicians work.  Politicians test their constituents by infringing on their constitutional rights.  And when their constituents fail to resist, they continue infringing on their constitutional rights–until their constituents stop them.  Give politicians an inch, they will take a mile–and the more inches their constituents give them, the more miles they will take.

Not all political leaders are diabolically evil, because not all political leaders are politicians.  But most of them are–all over the world–and always have been.  And all politicians are diabolically evil–there are no exceptions.

I couldn’t afford T-shirts with my statement, “The posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America is destructive to the United States of America.” But I had to buy them anyway–because almost no one in the Greater Pensacola area even recognized the First Confederate Flag on T-shirts of mine.  Almost no one in the Greater Pensacola area even recognized this flag that had been censored from their historical flags displays without their consent, by local politicians–all but one of whom were White Republicans.  And still, almost no one does–I have never been so disgusted with the people of a metropolitan area in my life.

So I needed to spell it out for these disgustingly ignorant, apathetic, and complacent people–I needed to wear T-shirts with a statement instead. And this has been slightly more effective in Greater Pensacola.

Yet the most enthusiastic compliments and questions on my T-shirts with the statement, “The posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America is destructive to the United States of America,” have come from residents and former residents of Greater New Orleans, Louisiana.  Because, now that all designs of the Confederate Flag have been censored in their city, without their consent–all Confederate memorial monuments (American historical monuments–generations old) are now being destroyed by the sickeningly small mayor of that great Southern American city, without their consent.

This is the next phase of the posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America that is destructive as hell to the United States of America–it will not stop with New Orleans.

Confederate memorial monuments will be destroyed in Biloxi, Mississippi; Mobile, Alabama; Pensacola, Florida; and in every other metropolitan area of the Southern United States.

Unless the people of the Southern United States start resisting this local-government censorship of their historical flags–this gross infringement on their First-Amendment right to freedom of speech–right now!

SOUTHERN AMERICAN

The posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America is destructive to the United States of America.

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?


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