eBay and Wal-Mart do not seem to be budging on the issue. Amazon has been open to talking.
A few years ago I had the privilege of meeting Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. I had his personal eMail address. So our appeal to Amazon went right to the top. We were told that several groups were also loobying for the restoration of Confederate items and put in contact with others lower in the corporate structure who were assigned to investigate the matter.
Our efforts, and those of other likeminded groups have been rewarded. Today, Amazon has restored Confederate merchandise. You can go to Amazon.com and type in "Confederate Flag" and a lot will come up.
Both eBay and Amazon are managed by folks in the Pacific Northwest. They simply do not understand how important Southern Heritage is to we Southerners. We want to let the folks at Amazon know that Southerners are a LARGE group and we cherish our heritage. Amazon and eBay talk. If Amazon sees a large surge in sales of heritage related items eBay will follow.
That is why we are putting out this week's newsletter a day early.
Amazon restored Confederate merchandise without fan fare, or even an announcement. They are doing it quietly. So lets get busy showing our appreciation before our enemies get vocal. Let our Southern money outshout the liberal yankee lip flapping.
To help with that, I have lowered the prices on my items at Amazon. After printing cost and Amazon fees I will lose money on several items. But thats OK. It is an honor and a privilege to advance the cause!
Here are some links to some great heritage items at Amazon. Just click on them:
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE CONFEDERATE BATTLE FLAG BOOK
GLORY IN GREY (4 VOLUME set of books)
BIOGRAPHY OF ROBERT E. LEE
BIOGRAPHY OF JEB STUART
BIOGRAPHY OF GENERAL RICHARD GANO
SOUTHERN BAPTISTS RE-FIRE DEBATE OVER SOUTHERN HERITAGE
I do not know what happened. But I am reminded that God is in control of all things. Rememeber last week that I had reported that the North Carolina State paper was late in publishing my response to the attacks against our heritage and ancestors by high-ranking Southern Baptists. Had they published my reply when I had submitted it most likely it would have been lost in all the type over the ruling on "gay marriage." Instead, the late printing put it in a "dead" news cycle so it generated a LOT of reaction. So much that the editor of the Baptist News Global wire service decided to "turn the table" back in favor of our critics by subtly attacking me.
To read the article click this link
So this week my eMail and telephone have been pretty busy. I am getting a LOT of calls at the church from people who are praying for me to repent of my "hatred ." The funny thing is that these calls are not coming from the people I am accused of hating. They are coming from white liberals. And these white liberals are not calling from up north but from Alabama and Tennesee and Florida and the Carolinas.
I am also getting a LOT of suportive contacts too. A surprising number of them from people up North and from Southern people of color who know that their ancestors were also Confederate soldiers and supporters.
One of the people in the Southern Baptist Convention who has been a strong friend of Southern Heritage is Don Hinkle. He is the editor of the Missouri State paper. The Baptist News Global article quotes him as saying that he has reversed his position on our heritage and therefore so should I. But I just want to report that the BNG article is taking Don WAY out of context.
Needless to say, God has called us to be a voice. Sometimes, like like John the Baptist, that means being "the voice of one crying in the wilderness." Be that as it may, we will continue to raise our voice!
THE BATTLE OF 1st MANASSAS
This was the first major land battle of the armies in Virginia.The untried Union Army under Brig. Gen. Irvin McDowell marched from Washington against the Confederate Army, which was drawn up behind Manassas beyond Centreville. On the 21st, McDowell crossed at Sudley Ford and attacked the Confederate left flank on Matthews Hill. Fighting raged throughout the day as Confederate forces were driven back to Henry Hill. Late in the afternoon, Confederate reinforcements extended and broke the Union right flank. The Federal retreat rapidly deteriorated into a rout. Thomas J. Jackson earned the nickname "Stonewall." By July 22, the shattered Union Army reached the safety of Washington.
FREE SUTTLERY TENT
And I still have the suttlery wall tent. Still waiting for a taker. Free to a good home if you can pick it up in Ocala, Florida. eMail me if you are interested!
NEW ATTACKS ON OUR HERITAGE
INDIANA: State fair leaders in Indiana sent a letter to vendors this week, asking them to not sell or display Confederate flag merchandise at the event that opens Aug. 7.
NORTH CAROLINA: An unanmed group delivered a petition to Gov. Pat McCrory this morning at 10 am asking him to use his executive authority to halt the sale of North Carolina license plates bearing the Confederate flag. The petition is reported to have just over 13,000. McCrory said he wants to stop issuing the plates, which have been given to more than 2,000 Sons of Confederate Veterans. But he says he thinks the law requires him to wait for General Assembly approval. At the same time, legislative leaders say it is the governor's decision.
The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles received a high volume of requests for the specialty plates in June. Officials said DMV processed about nine months worth of orders in less than 10 days. the Governor also has to make a decision on a monuments bill passed this week that has drawn criticism for its protection of Confederate memorials.
South Carolina: Hillary Rodham Clinton praised South Carolina Republicans for removing the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds but said the State must "dig deeper...Anybody who says we don't have more progress to make is blind."