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WHY DID YOU VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON—INSTEAD OF BERNIE SANDERS—IN THE 2016 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES?

‘Why didn’t you report this sooner?’ is a valid question.

And the #WhyIDidntReport answers are valid answers.

But perhaps most valid of all are these questions:

If Hillary Clinton were President of the United States—instead of Donald Trump—would you have reported this yet?

Why did you vote for Hillary Clinton—instead of Bernie Sanders—in the 2016 Democratic primaries?

A DIFFERENT APPROACH

—Original Message—

Sent: Tue, Dec 12, 2017 4:53 pm

Subject: FROM SCOTT MAYO, RE TWO ONLINE PETITIONS I HAVE STARTED

I appreciate your time and consideration, in reading this email.

For a long time now, I’ve been very concerned about the direction our country, the United States, is taking.

Since 2012, I’ve been especially concerned about the destructive impact that unrestrained Digital-Age technology—particularly cellular technology (cellphones and smartphones) and social media (Facebook, Twitter, et al)—is having on our country.

And since June 22, 2015, I’ve been especially concerned about an ongoing trend of state and local politicians censoring their constituents’ historical flags, and destroying their constituents’ historical monuments—without their constituents’ consent.  This posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America is destructive to the United States of America—and I have been doing all I can to bring awareness to it, and to elicit the help of my fellow Southern Americans, my fellow Americans, and my fellow human beings worldwide, in stopping this destructive trend.

I have started two petitions on the website, Change.org, on which I would appreciate your adding your signature to mine.

The first is to President Trump, requesting that he remove Nikki Haley from his presidential cabinet—because Nikki Haley is the initial perpetrator of this posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America, and because Nikki Haley is being rewarded for her exploitation of a mass murder.

The second is to Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward and the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners to return the First Confederate Flag to its rightful place in Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays—the historical flags displays of the five nations under which Pensacola, Florida, has lived and thrived.  These local politicians have censored the First Confederate Flag from our historical flags displays since June 24, 2015—without our consent.  They have not even let us vote on this.

Our country, the United States of America, is in serious danger of self-destruction.  The sociopolitical chaos our country is experiencing in this Digital Age is unprecedented in its history.  And this sociopolitical chaos—driven by unrestrained Digital-Age technology—is spreading all over our world.

Most of us seem to be pretending that everything is fine—as if our country’s problems will simply go away if we ignore them.  But this is never the case—no country’s problems simply go away, as if by magic.

Many of us are quite aware of the danger posed to our country, but feel so powerless to do anything about it that we just give up—we just do nothing, and look forward to our deaths, or to a Biblical event that will require no action on our part.

Of course, neither of these approaches is ever effective.

We can turn our country—and our world—around.  But we can only do this together—and with small, incremental actions.

And signing online petitions is a way of taking small, incremental actions together.

Please click on the links below, and—unless either of these petitions is against everything you believe in—add your signature to these online petitions.  Your signature will be greatly appreciated—perhaps more than you know.

https://www.change.org/p/president-trump-remove-the-dishonorable-nikki-r-haley-from-your-cabinet-immediately-so-you-can-immediately-restore-some-honor-to-your-cabinet

https://www.change.org/p/pensacola-mayor-ashton-hayward-and-the-escambia-county-board-of-county-commissioners-return-the-first-confederate-flag-to-its-rightful-place-in-pensacola-s-five-flags-displays

And if you want to learn more about the issues mentioned in this email, you are welcome to view my blog, Solosocial, at solosocial.wordpress.com, and to comment on posts, if you so desire.

Again, thank you so much for your time and consideration.

Scott Wesley Mayo

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

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 1

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 2

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 3

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?

TOMORROW IS LEIF ERIKSON DAY.

Columbus Day is one of the days we traditionally display the United States Flag in the United States.

But tomorrow is Leif Erikson Day.

Since we observe Columbus Day, why do we not observe Leif Erikson Day—and display the Flag of the United States that day too?

I’m no fan of Columbus Day, actually—Columbus’ “discovery” of the New World has done a hell of a lot more harm than good.

If Columbus had never “discovered” this New World, there would never have been a genocide of Native Americans, and there would never have been a Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

Columbus did not discover America.

The Native Americans (American Indians) discovered America—ten to fifty thousand years before Christopher Columbus “discovered” America.

And the Norse (Vikings) “discovered” America—five hundred years before Christopher Columbus “discovered” America.

Erik the Red is credited with leading the Norse expedition to Greenland—and his son, Leif Eriksson, is credited with leading the Norse expedition to Newfoundland, in what is now Canada.

Though there is some dispute as to whether Leif Eriksson actually led the Norse expedition to Newfoundland, there is no dispute that Norsemen (and women) landed in Newfoundland five hundred years before Columbus, and established a colony there.

The exact date of the Norse’s landing in Newfoundland is not known—but the year is estimated to have been 1000 (not exactly five hundred years before 1492, but close enough).

Whether the Norse ever landed in what is now the United States is disputed.

But what is not disputed is whether Columbus ever landed in what is now the United States.

He did not—Columbus never even landed on the North American mainland.

Why, then, is Columbus credited with “discovering” America (at least in the United States)—instead of Leif Eriksson?

Probably for the same reason that St. Augustine, Florida, is considered America’s First City—instead of Pensacola, Florida.

Pensacola, Florida, was the first European settlement in what is now the United States.

The expedition to Pensacola was led by Tristan de Luna.

Tristan de Luna led an expedition here.

But before the settlers could transfer all of their goods from the ships to the Pensacola settlement, a hurricane destroyed most of their ships—along with their goods.

The settlers were unable to unpack enough of their provisions to sustain their colony here, before that hurricane hit.

This is why St. Augustine, Florida, is considered America’s First City, and Pensacola, Florida, is considered America’s First Place City.

The settlement at St. Augustine was not interrupted, as the settlement at Pensacola was—the Pensacola settlement had to be reestablished after the settlement at St. Augustine was begun.

Personally, I consider the “First Place” in “America’s First Place City” a euphemism for “second place”—and am not too fond of it.

But the fact is that Pensacola, Florida, was the first European settlement in what is now the United States—not St. Augustine, Florida.

Unlike Christopher Columbus, the Norse—presumably led by Leif Eriksson—did land here on the North American mainland, and establish a colony in Newfoundland, in what is now Canada.

But like the initial settlement here at Pensacola—that Newfoundland colony did not last to the present day.

It lasted much longer than the initial Pensacola colony—the settlers weren’t interrupted by a hurricane.

But the Norse settlers eventually abandoned the Newfoundland settlement.

There are many reasons why the Norse settlement at Newfoundland was eventually abandoned.

One of the primary reasons is—ironically—that the settlers were relentlessly harassed, and the settlement was relentlessly sabotaged, by Native Americans.

The Norse called the Native Americans they encountered, in Greenland and on the North American mainland, skraelingjar (skraelings)—“skraeling” is the singular.

This was not a complimentary term—it was connotatively similar to ancient Greeks’ “barbari” (barbarians), or Spanish speakers’ “gringos” (though arguably more disparaging).

To be fair, the “skraelings” almost certainly had some uncomplimentary terms for the Norse, as well.

According to the Norse, the “skraelings” surrounding their colony at Newfoundland gave them hell—all the time.

And if I’m not mistaken, most of the “skraelings” who relentlessly gave the Newfoundland settlers hell were Algonquins.

I’ve always loved this story.

I’ve always felt guilty for loving it—warfare is not supposed to be amusing or inspiring.

But it is my understanding that the “skraelings” here on the North American mainland were the only people—anywhere—who ever defeated the Vikings.

Everywhere else the Vikings landed, they either conquered the people they encountered, or had to be paid off to leave them alone—as was the case with Constantinople.

But here, on the North American mainland, the Vikings (Norse) were defeated instead—by people they called “skraelings” (“skraelingjar”).

To be fair, these Norse were Christianized—my understanding is that Leif Eriksson converted to Christianity.

So they probably weren’t quite as ruthless as their pre-Christian forebears.

But I’m sure they were tough enough to be seen by the “skraelings” as invaders to be relentlessly repelled (as the Israelis are, very rightfully and validly, seen by the Palestinians).

There’s no reason to observe Columbus Day, in the United States.  Columbus did not discover America—he did not even land on the North American mainland.

But if we observe Columbus Day today, it is only fair that we observe Leif Erikson Day tomorrow.

Tomorrow is Leif Erikson Day.

YOU SHOULD BE TIRED OF IT TOO

https://www.change.org/p/president-trump-remove-the-dishonorable-nikki-r-haley-from-your-cabinet-immediately-so-you-can-immediately-restore-some-honor-to-your-cabinet

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.

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“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.

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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.

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The statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee is escorted after removal from its platform in Dallas, Texas, U.S., September 14, 2017. REUTERS/Rex Curry

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

Workers remove the statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee in Dallas, Texas, U.S., September 14, 2017. REUTERS/Rex Curry

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

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YOU SHOULD BE TIRED OF IT TOO.

https://www.change.org/p/pensacola-mayor-ashton-hayward-and-the-escambia-county-board-of-county-commissioners-return-the-first-confederate-flag-to-its-rightful-place-in-pensacola-s-five-flags-displays

A WORD TO DIGITAL-AGE YOUNG PEOPLE

*ONE TIME USE ONLY* Must reach out to Clarion-Ledger for permission to publish in any future stories.
Tougaloo College students are arrested after a civil rights protest at the Jackson Public Library on North State Street in 1964. (Credit: Clarion-Ledger)

American educator and civil rights activist Robert P. Moses (L) speaks to two men during a voter registration project in Greenwood, Mississippi, April 1963. (Photo by Claude Sitton/New York Times Co./Getty Images)

Moments before Tommy Langston was attacked on May 14, 1961, he shot this single photo of Klansmen attacking a Freedom Rider at the Trailways Bus Station in Birmingham. The photo helped identify Klansmen involved in the assault. (AP Photo/Birmingham Post-Herald, Tommy Langston, File)

** FILE ** This is a May 28, 1963 file photograph of a sit-in demonstration at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Jackson, Miss., where whites poured sugar, ketchup and mustard over heads of the demonstrators. Seated at the counter, from left, are John Salter, Joan Trumpauer and Anne Moody. (AP Photo/Jackson Daily News, Fred Blackwell, File)

**ARCHIVAL IMAGE, $300 for web use**
01 Feb 1960, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA — Original caption: 2/1/1960-Greensboro, NC: The participants in the first lunch counter sit-in are shown on the street after leaving the Greensboro, North Carolina Woolworth’s by a side exit. The four North Carolina A & T students are (L-R): David Richmond, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair, Jr., and Joseph McNeil. (No photographers were allowed into Woolworth’s during this first protest; this is the only photo of all four original protesters together.) — Image by © Jack Moebes/CORBIS

(Read the stories behind these photographs here.)

These courageous, young Black Americans (with the support of some courageous, young White Americans) were not interested in censoring anyone’s historical flags or monuments.

They were interested in gaining real access to the ideal rights to which they were entitled, as Americans.

The cowardly, young White Americans (with the support of some cowardly, young Black Americans) who are interested in censoring everyone’s historical flags and monuments, would do well to learn from these courageous, young Black and White Americans who sought to secure their own rights—not to infringe on the rights of others.


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