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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?

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.

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!

SOUTHERN AMERICAN

The posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America is destructive to the United States of America.


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