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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?

YOUR RIGHTS END WHERE THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS BEGIN

Before this mindless Digital Age, there was no such thing as transgendered.  

There was such a thing as transsexual.

A transsexual person was someone who had gone to the trouble to have a sex change operation.

If someone believed he was supposed to be female—to such an extent that he had a sex change operation performed on himself—no one was going to argue with him (her).

If someone believed she was supposed to be male—to such an extent that she had a sex change operation performed on herself—no one was going to argue with her (him).

There seems to be a great deal of confusion about gender today.

Some languages have two genders—masculine and feminine.

Other languages have three genders—masculine, feminine, and neuter.

And some other languages have more than three genders.

Though sex is specifically a physical term, gender is not.

And the truth is that every human being has both masculine and feminine traits—in addition to neutral traits.

Every human being has both masculinity and femininity—as well as neutrality.

Most human males have more masculinity than femininity—most of the time—though there are exceptions.

Most human females have more femininity than masculinity—most of the time—though there are exceptions.

And though we should not favor the exceptions, we should not dismiss them either.  Sometimes they are the ones who accomplish the most—and contribute the most.

The case can be made that all of us are already transgendered—that in fact we transition between the masculine and feminine genders, as constantly, and naturally, as our heart rates and blood pressures fluctuate.

If sometimes you feel more feminine than masculine, whatever your sex, maybe you are.

If sometimes you feel more masculine than feminine, whatever your sex, maybe you are.

If you feel more like a woman than the man you are, however, that doesn’t make you a woman—though you have the right to feel that way.

If you feel more like a man than the woman you are, however, that doesn’t make you a man—though you have the right to feel that way.

If you feel more like a woman than the man you are, you even have the right to wear a woman’s clothes, and use a woman’s mannerisms—in the privacy of your residence, or in the appropriate public settings.

If you feel more like a man than the woman you are, you even have the right to wear a man’s clothes, and use a man’s mannerisms—in the privacy of your residence, or in the appropriate public settings.

If you are a man, however, you do not have the right to demand that everyone else see you as a woman—or treat you like a woman.

If you are a woman, however, you do not have the right to demand that everyone else see you as a man—or treat you like a man.

You have the right to indulge your fantasies—everyone has that right.

You do not have the right, however, to demand that everyone else indulge your fantasies—no one has that right.

Your rights end where the rights of others begin.

A #METOO LYNCHING

“On the eve of celebrating Martin Luther King Day, we should be more forgiving.  These hangings that are going on don’t make us better human beings.”

Bill Cosby

January, 1988

EXODUS 20:16

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“It’s a familiar and discomforting spectacle: A woman who alleges sexual assault is also put on trial.  She is grilled on the witness stand about why she continued to speak with a famous man she now charges with abuse, someone who had the power to shape her future.  The man has to defend himself against the possibility of false accusations, and so it’s open season on a woman’s credibility.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“Andrea Constand’s two days at the center of the Bill Cosby trial captured the dynamics that make sexual assault cases so polarizing and so resonant.  Her testimony, picked over by Mr. Cosby’s lawyers, occurred at a cultural moment when accusations of sexual assault or harassment have rocked a media empire, a presidential campaign, Silicon Valley start-ups and countless college campuses.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“In a way, this is also a trial about how society grapples with the combustible questions of power, predation and due process that complicate he said/she said narratives.  The jury is still out.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“Revelations about years of sexual harassment pushed out Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly at Fox News, but questions linger about how fundamentally the company’s culture will change. Uber just fired 20 people after internal investigations of harassment.  Political analysts wrongly predicted that Donald J. Trump’s taped boasts about forcing himself on women would doom his candidacy.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

‘When something is ready to become a cultural narrative, everything feeds it,’ said Mark Harris, an author and the former executive editor of Entertainment Weekly, who also pointed to a 2016 HBO film about Anita Hill’s public shaming after accusing Clarence Thomas of harassment.  ‘When people are finally willing to look something in the eye, culture almost conspires to tell them how much of it they are willing to look in the eye.’

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“In this case, the emotionally charged issues are legion: What happens to women who come forward, in and out of the courtroom.  The roadblocks the system puts in the way.  The question of who is, and who is not, held accountable.  When celebrity protects, and when it backfires, intensifying public vitriol.  When gender exposes or distorts the issues in play.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“More than 40 other women have come forward to describe similar episodes alleging that Mr. Cosby drugged and assaulted them.  But the jury was allowed to hear only one other story beside Ms. Constand’s.  That was because many of the past cases were civil rather than criminal ones, and defense lawyers persuaded a judge to rule that allowing many others to testify would be like trying Mr. Cosby for other acts, not the one in question, said Elizabeth Schneider, a professor and specialist in gender law at Brooklyn Law School.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“Such rulings get to the heart of the challenges of assuring a fair trial for men or women in sexual misconduct, which often takes place without other witnesses. Establishing–or undermining–credibility puts women through arduous legal procedures.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“For decades, women who filed rape accusations had to undergo mandatory psychological screening, and judges would caution juries that rape charges were easy to bring and hard to prove.  While these barriers fell, juries are still often skeptical, and countless systemic obstacles remain, Professor Schneider said, including the widespread practice of strict secrecy as the price of settlements.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“Questions such as why Ms. Constand continued to call Mr. Cosby, even leaving him a gift once, are both standard defense tactics and common behavior for women in such cases, she said.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“‘This is not a surprise to anyone who knows about the complicated reactions women have,’ Professor Schneider said.  ‘He’s everyone’s father.  Particularly if you were given some medication to knock you out, you have lots of questions afterwards.  A part of her didn’t want to believe it really happened.  A part of her believed this was a nice older man who was helping her, and she didn’t want to shut the door.’

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“This imbalance of power often silences women who fear professional and social repercussions.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“Katie Packer Beeson, a political consultant and former deputy campaign manager for Mitt Romney, recounted two incidents she endured at the beginning of her career.  An older legislator on a business trip grabbed her crotch, and a lobbyist on a later trip offered to drive her back to her hotel but instead forcibly took her to his hotel, only relenting when he realized she was so obviously distraught he could not get her into his room quietly.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“In the first case, she wept that night but decided not to say anything.  ‘I thought, I don’t want to be the tattletale, I don’t want to cause this guy problems.  What if he loses the election and we lose the majority?’ she said.  The Republicans had a one-seat majority in the Michigan Senate at the time.  Many years later, she learned he harassed others as well.  She did not report the second incident, either, given the lobbyist’s prominence, she said.  Although she now encourages women she knows to speak out, she remains pessimistic.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“So is Nancy Erika Smith, who represented Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News anchor, in her sexual harassment suit against Mr. Aisles.  ‘Do I think this trial may help move the conversation forward about the impunity that powerful and famous men feel in their interactions with women?  I wish I could say I do. It’s no better since Anita Hill because we don’t have power.’

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“Howard Bragman, a publicist and crisis counselor who represented Cindra Ladd, who accused Mr. Cosby two years ago of drugging and raping her when she was 21 in 1969, said women must be prepared for public shaming, now amplified by social media.  ‘I tell them the pain and suffering they will come through,’ he said.  ‘You’ve got to be courageous.  Have a support system.  You’ve got to lawyer up.  It takes money.’

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

But Laura Kipnis, author of ‘Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus,’ argues that there is also a danger that the lessons of the Cosby case can be overdrawn.  Mr. Cosby is accused of sexual assault; sexual harassment has been harder to define and, she argues, too broadly applied to cases like a professor taking a student out for a drink.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

‘Anyone who has institutional power is seen as on the path to being a predator,’ she said.  ‘If you follow that line of thinking that all men have power over women, let’s just get rid of heterosexuality.’ 

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“Who is seen as a predator can also be bound up with celebrity: It may have helped protect Mr. Cosby for years, Mr. Harris said, but then fueled public obsession with the case.  Part of Mr. Cosby’s fame was built on his self-appointed role of guardian of black respectability and occasional scold of other blacks, he said.  That made him more vulnerable, and led to a younger black comedian publicly calling him out for hypocrisy, he added.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“Whatever the verdict, there is a ‘whole other cultural narrative about who we choose to believe and believing women,’ Mr. Harris said.  ‘Nobody comes out of this clean.'”

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

[This is a reposting of a June 11, 2017 post]

THEY ARE NOTHING TO BE AFRAID OF

When I was a little boy, I was afraid of cats.

I was terrified of cats, actually.

Domestic cats.

We had no cats, as pets—only dogs.

And whenever I saw a cat—anywhere near me—I got back inside, fast.  

Whenever I saw a cat, anywhere near me, I got into my safe space—and stayed there.

Mr. Sutton, over a block away from our house, had cats.

And even though our backyard was fenced, I would sit on our back porch, rather than even venture into our fenced backyard—because I was so terrified of those cats over a block away.

My mother would urge me to get off that back porch, and enjoy the backyard—but I wouldn’t budge, because I was so terrified of neighbors’ cats.

There was a National Geographic article about cats.

In that article, there was a photograph of a Siamese cat, standing up, grabbing a fish someone had offered it—and because it was a close-up photograph, that cat appeared to be the size of a man or woman.

I had a nightmare about that cat.  I dreamed there was a man-or-woman-sized Siamese cat walking upright down the hall, saying, “Ring around the collar, ring around the collar!” and coming to get me.

One night, I thought I saw a cat in the hall—even though we had no cats.  And to this day, I’m not sure if that cat was real or not.

Cats scared the hell out of me—I truly thought they were the most terrifying things in the world.

My mother said that a cat jumped on my back when I was an infant—and that’s why I was so terrified of cats.  I can’t remember this incident—but it had to have happened, because it’s the only thing that explains my fear of cats.

One night, I saw a cat outside in the dark—and ran back inside the house, my safe space, of course.

But my sister, Cathy, who had taught me how to ride a bicycle without training wheels—got rid of my fear right there.

She picked up the cat, and brought it inside the house.  And she showed me that the cat was nothing to be afraid of, and urged me to pet the cat.  

And I petted the cat, as Cathy held it—and discovered that it was nothing to fear at all.  I discovered that it was just like a dog—and was pretty and soft and warm and friendly, just like a dog—and that it liked to be petted, and made a pleasant, purring sound.

Once my sister, Cathy, urged me not to run from a cat—but to learn something about it, and to gain some understanding of it—I was completely cured of my fear of cats.

And I have never been afraid of cats—at all—since that moment.

You hate Confederate flags and monuments, because you are afraid of them.

And you are afraid of Confederate flags and monuments, because you have learned nothing about them, and have gained no understanding of them.

But rather than face your fear of Confederate flags and monuments—and allow yourself to learn about them, and gain some understanding of them—you demand that politicians remove them from your sight.

And the gutless and immoral Republican and Democratic politicians remove them from your sight—and you remain terrified of all Confederate flags and monuments.

The gutless and immoral neocon and liberal politicians remove them from your sight—and you remain terrified of all Confederate flags and monuments.

But this time, I’m asking you not to run from Confederate flags and monuments.

I’m asking you not to retreat to your safe spaces—where you’re never really safe, because the only thing you have to fear truly is fear itself.

I get rid of your fear right now.

I show you the Confederate flags and monuments—in this space.  And I show you that Confederate flags and monuments are nothing to be afraid of, and urge you to look at the flags and monuments.

I urge you not to let politicians censor your Confederate flags and monuments anymore—but to learn something about them, and to gain some understanding of them—so you’ll be completely cured of your fear of Confederate flags and monuments.

Look at these flags and monuments.  Look at them, and think about what they really meant, in the time that they were created.  Since June 22, 2015, this blog has been filled with background information on Confederate flags and monuments—not misinformation, like that spread by neocon and liberal politicians, like Nimrata Randhawa Haley and Mitch Landrieu—but real, researched, truthful information that will give you a good place to start in your discovery of the true history of Confederate flags and monuments.

Your fear of Confederate flags and monuments is as irrational as my fear of cats was—and you can rid yourself of that irrational fear right now, if you truly make an effort to do so.

Are you ready?

You see, they are nothing to be afraid of—only something to be discovered, understood, and even appreciated.


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