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HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 2

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!


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