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IT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT RACE–SO WHY IS IT?

[This was originally posted February 22, 2016]

What if Colin Powell were President of the United States, instead of Barack Obama?

Would White liberals be so focused on the President’s race if Colin Powell were our first Black president?

Would White liberals be so disrespectfully condescending toward Black Americans if Colin Powell were President of the United States?

It’s not supposed to be about race–so why is it?

I have never seen such disrespectfully condescending behavior toward Black Americans by White Americans as I’ve seen since 2008.

Since 2008, To Kill a Mockingbird has been touted as the greatest work of American literature–and given such a disproportionate amount of praise and attention that one would think no other novel had ever been written.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel centering on injustice toward a Black American by White Americans.  And it was written by a White woman.  And it is not surprising to me at all that this disproportionate amount of praise of To Kill a Mockingbird is coming from Whites.

The term “African American” is as inaccurate for Black Americans as the term “European American” is for White Americans.

“Native American” is quite accurate because–though the Native Americans have not always been here–their ancestors arrived tens of thousands of years before ours did.

But though the ancestors of Black Americans could accurately be called “African Americans”, their descendants cannot.  Just as though the ancestors of White Americans could accurately be called “European Americans”, their descendants cannot.

And the interesting thing is that the term “African American” seems almost exclusively used by White Americans.  Most Black Americans don’t call themselves “African Americans”.

Could it be that the term “African American” was invented by disrespectfully condescending White Americans?

Even Black History Month–why is there a month set aside for the history of a group of Americans based solely on race?

Why not have a History Month for Americans of all races and ethnicities, instead?

I think disrespectfully condescending Whites came up with the idea of “Black History Month” too.

Even those who called for this cultural genocide against the American South were almost exclusively White.  And the politician, Nikki Haley, who abused her authority as Governor of South Carolina, in starting this cultural genocide against the American South, was White.  And the mayor of Pensacola, Ashton Hayward, who brought this cultural genocide against the American South to Pensacola, was White. And even the little band of little-tin-gods who demanded that the Escambia County Commission uphold Mayor Ashton Hayward’s act of cultural genocide was almost exclusively White–led by Dianne Krumel–a White woman.

I cannot speak for my fellow Americans who are Black–Americans of African descent.  Because I’m a White American of European descent.

But I cannot help but wonder:

If I were a Black American–an American of African descent–how would I feel about all these Whites condescending toward me simply because of my race?

Bigotry is not always apparent and direct–sometimes it is disguised as well-meaning sympathy.

Yet this “well-meaning sympathy”–this disrespectfully condescending treatment of Black Americans by White Americans–is still bigotry.

And frankly, I’m sick of it–it’s disgustingly self-righteous and hypocritical.

When I see a Black person, I see a person.  I couldn’t care less that his or her race is different from mine.  I don’t think less of him or her because he or she is Black–but I also don’t pretend to think more of him or her because he or she is Black. Because that kind of shallow, pretentious behavior is not only disrespectful–it’s just bigotry.

Race really doesn’t matter to me.

And if race really doesn’t matter to you, why don’t you stop pretending that it does?

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?

DOESN’T ANYONE ELSE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THIS?

“‘I understand the flags are down, but I want to make it permanent,’ said Escambia County Democratic Women’s Club president Dianne Krumel.  ‘I don’t want any chance of those flags going back up.'”

Pensacola News Journal, June 26, 2015

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/2015/06/25/city-pensacola-remove-confederate-flag/29284051/

The Confederate Battle Flag was replaced with the First Confederate Flag, in the displays of the Five Flags of Pensacola’s history and heritage in 2000–two years after I moved here, from Mobile, Alabama.

The Confederate Battle Flag was designed by the Confederate States of America in 1861, to replace the First Confederate Flag in the battlefield–because the First Confederate Flag so resembled the United States Flag that it caused confusion among both Confederate and Union troops, thereby friendly fire on both sides.

The Confederate Battle Flag was never a symbol of racism, or even rebellion.  It was simply a flag designed exclusively for the battlefield to indicate the parameters of the Confederate presence.

But because the Confederate Battle Flag was taken on by segregationists and White supremacists to represent their interests a century after it was designed, it became associated with segregationists and White supremacists, in the minds of their victims.  And in using the Confederate Battle Flag to represent their interests, these segregationists and White supremacists–who never represented the majority of White Americans–did this flag a great disservice.

Nevertheless, it was unavoidable that those who had been victimized by segregationists and White supremacists might take offense at the Confederate Battle Flag–the damage had already been done.

And this was why the Confederate Battle Flag was replaced with the First Confederate Flag, in the displays of the Five Flags of Pensacola’s history and heritage in 2000.  It was a way of showing consideration for victims of segregationists and White supremacists, while maintaining representation of the Confederate States of America as one of the five nations under which Pensacola, Florida, had lived and thrived.  It was also more historically accurate, since the Confederate Battle Flag was never the official flag of the Confederate States of America–it was designed for battlefield use only.

When the mindless, misplaced rage against the Confederate Battle Flag erupted–as an insane reaction to the mindless, misplaced rage of a mass shooter last year–I truly hoped that this mindless, misplaced rage would not affect Pensacola, Florida.  Because the Confederate Battle Flag had been replaced with the First Confederate Flag fifteen years before, in the displays of the Five Flags of Pensacola’s history and heritage.  I had felt then–as I still feel–that this was a reasonable solution to the Battle Flag controversy–and that this was enough.

Then Pensacola’s mayor, Ashton Hayward, ordered even the First Confederate Flag removed from the Five Flags displays last year.  He did this with no consideration for the feelings of his constituents–he just imposed this local-government censorship on all Pensacolians, without asking them anything.  And though Ashton Hayward was not my mayor–because I lived outside the city limits–I had heard nothing but negative comments about this mayor from people who did reside in the city.  And now I understood why.

What a presumptuous bastard this mayor, Ashton Hayward, was–and still is.

Still, it was up to the Escambia County Commission to make the final decision.

As mentioned in a previous post, the group of contrarian control-freaks that descended upon the County Commission was very small–and almost exclusively White.  These bastards didn’t care about the feelings of Escambia County residents of any race or ethnicity.  They only cared about themselves–they were just social misfits on a power-trip.

I mentioned, in a previous post, how these bastards condescended to one Black man, as if they–mostly White–were just doing him a big favor.  I wasn’t mistaken about their condescending, bigoted attitude.  But I was mistaken about the identity of this man.  He was actually County Commissioner Lumon May–and they were applauding because he apparently reassured them that they would have their way.

Yet this group of losers was led by one ugly, obnoxious person–someone I had never met, still have never met, and hope I never have the displeasure of meeting–Dianne Krumel.

Dianne Krumel is a Democrat–and the little band of little-tin-gods she led before the Escambia County Commission was probably comprised exclusively of Democrats.

Ordinarily, this would be irrelevant.  But this cultural genocide of the American South is far from ordinary.  It is a ploy by the Republican Party to distract Americans’ attention from the only political issue relevant to the Charleston shooting at all–gun regulation.  It was begun by Republican Governor Nikki Haley–and is being continued by Republican governors, county commissioners, and mayors all over the American South.  Yet these anti-Southerners–these White bigots who hate the South because they know nothing about it, and who are driven by mindless regional prejudice–are Democrats.  And they’ve been around for generations–there is nothing new about them.

What is new–as I’ve mentioned before–is this kowtowing to these regional bigots by Republican state and local politicians.  Yes–just as some of these regional bigots are Republicans–some of these state and local politicians are Democrats. But the vast majority of them are Republicans.

And this trend of targeting red herrings representative of the rights guaranteed all of us Americans in our Bill of Rights–first the Confederate Flag, which is representative of our right to freedom of speech, then Islam and Muslims, which are representative of our right to freedom of religion–so that any issue surrounding our right to keep and bear arms can be completely avoided–is exemplified right here in Pensacola, Florida.

“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.”

The entire Commission of Escambia County, Florida, caved in to this one demand by one person–a Democrat who is not only White but almost certainly a Jew–and resolved never again to fly any design of any flag representing the Confederate States of America.

One person brought the entire Commission of Escambia County, Florida, to its knees–where it still remains.

I am not even from Pensacola, originally–yet I seem to be the only Pensacolian who is even questioning this.

Doesn’t anyone else have a problem with this?

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.

FREUDIAN SLIP

As I stood in the kitchen, after waking up, I meant to say to myself,

I’ll be so glad when this cold (weather) is over.

Instead, I said,

“I’ll be so glad when this Digital Age is over.”

As if this were just a temporary spell–not a permanent hell.

If it weren’t for this Digital Age, this assault on Southern American history, heritage, and culture–this cultural genocide–wouldn’t be happening.

Because there would be no Facebook, or other such social media.  So there would be no pictures of souvenir-sized Confederate battle flags–held by some killer driven by mindless, misplaced rage–to incite such mindless, misplaced rage in an entire nation.

And if it weren’t for this Digital Age, this mindless addiction to mobile devices wouldn’t be happening.

Because there would be no cellular technology–so no mobile devices, in the first place.

And there would be no Digital-Age slaughter on roads and highways in the State of Florida (or anywhere else in the world where there are no laws to stop this willful distracted driving).

Because there would be no cellular technology–so no mobile devices by which drivers could murder their fellow human beings, and not even be charged with a crime.

I want the Eighties back, the Seventies back, the Sixties back–or any decade or century or millennium before this goddamned Digital Age.

“I’ll be so glad when this Digital Age is over.”

I wish to God it were that simple–that this were something that would simply end tomorrow.

CITY OF FIVE FLAGS

If this flag offends you, you need a history lesson.

If those other flags don’t offend you, you need a history lesson.

If you don’t know what this flag is, or what those other flags are, you need a civics lesson.

And if you don’t care what this flag is, or what those other flags are, you need a civics lesson.

A WOMAN OF LETTERS

It’s too cold to sit outside and drink my coffee.

There are four armchairs–two facing two–in the corner of the Starbucks.

I sit in the one unoccupied chair.

In the other three chairs sit three women–none of whom knows the other two–and none of whom knows me.

Each woman in each of the two chairs facing mine is mindlessly texting on a goddamned smartphone.

But the woman sitting in the chair beside mine is doing something I haven’t seen anyone do in a very long time.  She is writing–with a pen–on paper.

Unlike the other two women, this woman acknowledges my existence–though she maintains focus on her writing.

She writes on a small writing tablet, or small notebook she holds on her lap. Her legs are crossed.

She’s writing a letter, or a poem, or a narrative.  But she’s definitely not writing for work or school.

At least twice, she tears a page from the tablet or notebook, crumples it, places it on the end table between my chair and hers–then starts over.

And her handwriting is beautiful.

And she is beautiful.

And oh God, I desire her–more than she will ever know.

AN INDIRECT VIOLATION OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH

[This was originally posted November 9, 2015]

Scott Mayo, 1st Confederate Flag shirt

It still seems so surreal to me, so hard to believe.

A young maniac kills nine people in a church because they are of a different race than his.  He uses a handgun that he acquired by taking advantage of loopholes in gun regulation laws.

And nothing is done to close these loopholes in gun regulation laws.  Guns remain as easy to acquire as ever for people who simply should not be able to acquire guns.

But simply because this killer posted pictures of himself on social media with Confederate flags–Confederate flags are suddenly targeted.  Politicians all over the American South (most of them Republicans) immediately remove Confederate flags from all displays–even purely historical ones.  And producers and retailers, nationwide, immediately stop producing and selling Confederate flags.

And I think this won’t happen where I live–because the Confederate Battle Flag was replaced with the First Confederate Flag, in the displays of the Five Flags of Pensacola’s history and heritage, fifteen years before.

Then a small group of power-hungry contrarians demands that the mayor of Pensacola remove even the First Confederate Flag from the Five Flags displays. And he gives in, without any regard for the citizens of Pensacola.  Later, the Escambia County Commission follows up on the Pensacola mayor’s decision with a proposition banning any variation of the Confederate Flag from any display–historical or otherwise–forever.

It is an act of mass censorship, committed by state and local governments and corporate retailers alike.  It is a dangerous precedent–an indirect violation of freedom of speech.  And indirect violations of freedom of speech lead to direct violations of freedom of speech.

And I seem to be one of only a small percentage of people–in this tiny metropolitan area of the American South–who truly realize how dangerous this is.

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?

WHAT I EXPECT OF MY FELLOW PENSACOLIANS

12,500 people attended the Donald Trump rally here in Pensacola, Florida, the other day.  Of course, some of the attendees were not supporters of Donald Trump–but most of them were.

So many Pensacolians get all fired up over Donald Trump.

Countless Pensacolians watched the national collegiate playoff game between Alabama and Clemson–praying to God that the Alabama Crimson Tide would win yet another national championship.  Many of these Bama fans were not affiliated with the University of Alabama, in any way–indeed were not even from the State of Alabama, as I am.

So many Pensacolians get all fired up over the University of Alabama’s football team.

A few years ago, Pensacola’s own Blue Angels were grounded.  This infuriated Pensacola residents–so much so that the Navy decided to un-ground the Blue Angels.  And I still see this bumper sticker on vehicles here, on a regular basis: “GROUND AIR FORCE 1–NOT OUR BLUE ANGELS.”

So many Pensacolians get all fired up over the Blue Angels.

Last year, the Mayor of Pensacola had the First Confederate Flag removed from all historical flags displays on city property.  Then the Escambia County Commission seconded the Mayor’s decision–proposing never again to fly any design of the Confederate Flag anywhere in Escambia County, Florida, and replacing the First Confederate Flag with the State Flag of Florida in all Five Flags displays.  The Mayor of Pensacola and the Escambia County Commission committed an act of government censorship, not only of American history, but of Pensacola history. And this government censorship still goes on–the First Confederate Flag has not been restored to its rightful place among the flags of Pensacola’s history and heritage, but the other flags–each of which represents a nation (or state) that enslaved African Americans before the Confederate States of America even existed–remain in place in the Five Flags displays.

Yet almost no Pensacolians get all fired up about this local-government censorship of American history and Pensacola history.

And every day, in Greater Pensacola, drivers engage in willful distracted driving by using their mobile devices while driving–endangering the lives of everyone around them.  And nothing is done to stop this reckless practice–this total disregard for human life–because the State Government of Florida refuses to pass any laws to stop it.

Yet almost no Pensacolians get all fired up about this willful distracted driving–this total disregard for human life that is slaughtering people every single day.

I don’t expect my fellow Pensacolians to support me in my standing against our Federal Government’s support of the Zionist State (“Israel”)–though I would appreciate it.

I don’t expect my fellow Pensacolians to support me in my standing for the rights of Native Americans–though I would appreciate it.

I don’t expect my fellow Pensacolians to support me in my standing against American corporations’ outsourcing of American jobs to foreign countries–though I would appreciate it.

I don’t expect my fellow Pensacolians to support me in my standing for the election of an independent President of the United States–though I would appreciate it.

But I expect my fellow Pensacolians to support me in my standing against this local-government censorship of the First Confederate Flag–this local-government censorship of American history and Pensacola history.

And I expect my fellow Pensacolians to support me in my standing against this usage of mobile devices while driving–this total disregard for human life, and the Florida Government’s refusal to enact any laws to stop it.


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