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WEIRD PENSACOLA POLITICIANS

In 2000, the Confederate Battle Flag in Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays was replaced with the First Confederate Flag (a.k.a. the Stars and Bars).

Yet on June 24, 2015, Republican Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward censored the First Confederate Flag–by replacing it with the State Flag of Florida.  He did this without the consent of his constituents.

Then on June 25, 2015, all five members of the Escambia County Commission–Republican Doug Underhill, Republican Grover C. Robinson IV, Republican Steven Barry, Republican Wilson Robertson (whose seat is now occupied by Republican Jeff Bergosh), and Democrat Lumon May–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.

The First Confederate Flag remains censored from our Five-Flags Displays–without our consent.  We have not even been allowed to vote on this.  Because our historical flags displays belong to us, all the people of Escambia County, Florida–not to the politicians who have censored them–this government-imposed censorship is a gross infringement on our First-Amendment right to freedom of speech.

The censorship of the First Confederate Flag from Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays is historically inaccurate.  The State of Florida was a nation only according to one obscure source on the Internet–and only for two or three weeks in 1861.  And according to this source, that Republic of Florida’s flag was of a totally different design than that of the State of Florida.

The censorship of the First Confederate Flag from Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays is also downright ridiculous.  Although African slavery was practiced in the Confederate States, African slavery continued to be practiced in the United States–in Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky, and Missouri–until the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified by senators and representatives of both the United States and the Occupied Confederate States, in December, 1865 (Republican President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was simply a propaganda tool to elicit the support of Britain and France, because it only applied to the Confederate States–the remaining slave states of Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky, and Missouri were exempt from it).

And Spain, France, and Britain were three of the five European powers that brought African slaves to the Americas, in the first place (the other two were Portugal and the Netherlands).

Politicians who censor flags from their constituents’ historical flags displays–especially without their constituents’ consent–are control freaks.

And control freaks are weird.

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 1

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 2

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 3

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

HOW ABOUT YOU, PENSACOLA?

On June 24, 2015, Republican Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward censored the First Confederate Flag from Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays.  He did this without the consent of his constituents.

Mayor Hayward stated, in a press release:

“While the Confederate Flag undeniably represents a part of Pensacola’s history, to many it is a painful symbol of racial hatred and intolerance.”

Mayor Hayward didn’t mention that the “Confederate Flag” he had censored was not the Confederate Battle Flag–but the First Confederate Flag.  This flag:

On June 25, 2015, Escambia County Democratic Women’s Club President Dianne Krumel made this demand of the Escambia County Commission:

“I understand the flags are down, but I want to make it permanent.  I don’t want any chance of those flags going back up.”

All five members of the Escambia County Commission–Republican Doug Underhill, Republican Grover C. Robinson IV, Republican Steven Barry, Republican Wilson Robertson, and Democrat Lumon May–gave in to Dianne Krumel’s demand, and chose to keep the First Confederate Flag censored from Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays.  They did this without the consent of their constituents–including me.

This government-imposed censorship of the First Confederate Flag, from our historical flags displays, continues–without our consent.

On July 29, 2015, Monica Miller, of the American Humanist Association, emailed a thirteen-page letter to Republican Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward, City Attorney Lysia Bowling, and City of Pensacola Parks & Recreation Director Brian Cooper, demanding that a historical cross be censored from Bayview Park.  She emailed a copy of this letter to the East Hill Neighborhood Association.

Miller’s letter began thus:

“A City of Pensacola resident has contacted our office on behalf of several concerned residents to request assistance with regard to what is correctly perceived as a constitutional violation.  Specifically, the City of Pensacola is violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment by prominently displaying a towering, stand-alone Latin cross–a Christian symbol–on government property in Bayview Park.  An image of this cross is provided below.

“Because this cross violates the Establishment Clause, we hereby demand that the City promptly remove it to private property, and if the City does not, our organization will pursue the matter through litigation in federal court.”

And Miller’s letter ended thus:

“In view of the aforementioned authorities, it is clear that the City is in violation of the Establishment Clause.  This letter serves as an official notice of the unconstitutional activity and demands that the City remove the cross from Bayview Park immediately.  We kindly ask that you notify us in writing within seven (7) days of receipt of this letter setting forth the steps you will take to rectify this constitutional infringement.  Thank you for turning your attention to this important matter.”

The Bayview Park Cross has now been ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge. The City of Pensacola is appealing this ruling, with pro bono legal representation by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty–and U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson has suspended his order to remove the Bayview Park Cross by July 19, 2017, pending this appeal.

An “important matter” indeed.

Yet this “important matter” didn’t even exist until Republican Mayor Ashton Hayward censored the First Confederate Flag from Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays, without the consent of his constituents, and all five members of the Escambia County Commission–Republican Doug Underhill, Republican Grover C. Robinson IV, Republican Steven Barry, Republican Wilson Robertson, and Democrat Lumon May–chose to keep the First Confederate Flag censored from Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays, without the consent of their constituents.

Because of abusive local politicians (all but one of whom are Republicans)–and Digital-Age Pensacolians mindlessly tolerating their abuse–Pensacola is no longer the City of Five Flags.

Yet Pensacola may soon be known, nationwide, as the City of Censorship.

And there are numerous potential targets for pro-censorship activists in Pensacola, Florida.

Here are just a few of them:

Pro-censorship activists can make an “important matter” of every single one of the above Pensacola icons–and countless more.

Yet it’s not pro-censorship activists who abuse the people–it’s corrupt and cowardly politicians who give in to them.  Corrupt and cowardly politicians like Democrat Lumon May, Republican Wilson Robertson (and his exact-duplicate replacement, Republican Jeff Bergosh), Republican Steven Barry, Republican Grover C. Robinson IV, Republican Doug Underhill–and especially Republican Ashton Hayward, who started this vicious cycle of censorship in Pensacola, on June 24, 2015.

Instead of censoring historical flags and crosses, I’d rather censor corrupt and cowardly politicians who engage in government-imposed censorship–who infringe on their constituents’ First-Amendment right to freedom of speech.  I’d rather straighten those bastards out–or get them out of office.

How about you, Pensacola?

AMERICAN FLAGS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NO MORE EXCUSES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FREEDOM OF SPEECH WORKS ALL WAYS

Pro-censorship activists are now demanding that this cross be removed from city property in Greater Pensacola, Florida.  The Bayview Park Cross is now a big issue.

On June 24, 2015, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward removed the First Confederate Flag from all Five-Flags Displays in Greater Pensacola, Florida.  He did this without the consent of his constituents.  Shortly thereafter, all five Escambia County Commissioners (Doug Underhill, Wilson Robertson, Steven Barry, Grover C. Robinson IV, and Lumon May) chose to keep all Five-Flags Displays in Greater Pensacola, Florida censored.  They did this without the consent of their constituents–including me.  Our Five-Flags Displays remain censored–including the Five-Flags Display at the Osceola Municipal Golf Course, just down the street from my residence.

The Bayview Park Cross was not an issue, at all, before Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward, and Escambia County Commissioners Doug Underhill, Wilson Robertson, Steven Barry, Grover C. Robinson IV, and Lumon May removed the First Confederate Flag from our Five-Flags Displays, without our consent–thereby censoring our Five-Flags displays, without our consent.  Now the Bayview Park Cross is a big issue–and it will remain a big issue, unless the Mayor of Pensacola and all five Escambia County Commissioners return the First Confederate Flag to its rightful place in our Five-Flags Displays.

Do you want this historical cross to remain where it stands?

Then join me, in demanding that this historical flag be returned to its rightful place in our Five-Flags Displays–the displays of the Five Flags of Pensacola’s history, heritage, and culture.

Freedom of speech works all ways.


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