According to the left, it's not OK to fly the Confederate Flag. But it is OK to protest the American flag and disrespect the national anthem.
Not a day goes by when you do not hear about a new "safe space" being afforded at our expense - where common-sense, reason and the Constitution are suspended in order to appease some offended group.
Remember the rush to indict the Confederate Flag after Dylan Roof went on a killing spree in a black church in Charleston last year? Rather than bringing the nation together, Barack Obama chose to divide the country, and diminish our freedom in the process.
Banning flags as "offensive" and guns as "dangerous" sounds good as a sound bite to many who've never contemplated freedom.
Freedom is a risky proposition.
It means we have to tolerate the burning of flags as an act of protest - no matter how much we hate it.
It means we endure the obscene and often misogynistic lyrics of hip-hop, rap and other forms of modern music - or we can simply exercise our own freedom to turn them off or change the channel.
And as painful as it might be - especially if you have loved ones in harms way defending the very freedom that others take for granted, it means we allow a Colin Kaepernick to disrespect the flag and the national anthem.
Because a truly great nation is not threatened by acts of protest; it's strengthened by them.
Not everyone agrees.
But the problem is not protestors - be they on the LEFT or on the right. The problem is the tremendous double standard in our society. If your "cause" or "protest" is politically correct or popular with the media, it will be presented in the most sympathetic light.
Case in point: Colin Kaepernick. The media will patiently explain his Fist Amendment right to protest, defending him with the same passion usually reserved for defending their own press freedom.
But when it comes to ideas, symbols or even personalities that are unpopular or severely mischaracterized - the Tea Party, Donald Trump or the Confederate Flag; the media stands up for the "right to not be offended."
The only problem is that the so-called "right to not be offended " does not exist. It does not exist in our society, nor is it acknowledged anywhere in the Constitution, or in the Bill of Rights.
The government's officials have only one duty - to uphold and defend the Constitution to which each swore an oath.
The Constitution does not grant a 'heckler's veto' to those who are offended.
At a recent School Board meeting someone began to make a point about other things that perhaps should be "banned." Music, movies, even political parties. After all, the Republican Party, which so many in the media and the education establishment would love to ban, was the party formed for the sole and exclusive purpose of opposing the the institution of and the expansion of slavery. It was the anti-Slavery party, period. When he pointed out that the Democrat party was the pro-slavery party and therefore, according to the Left's logic, was a more worthy candidate to be banned on campus, as if on cue, he got interrupted by a heckler.
Makes my point exactly.
Whether someone is flying the Stars and Bars or the Confederate Flag, or if they dishonor "Old Glory" or are still sitting down during the national anthem; we as a free people should defend their right to do it.
That's freedom. That's the meaning of the First Amendment.
Judge Evokes Mississippi 'Of Slavery, Lynchings, Pain And White Supremacy' In Confederate Flag Ruling
While the Judge dismissed the lawsuit against the Mississippi Flag on the basis that it had no standing under the Constitution, Judge Reeves issued a very longthy opinion in which he outlined legal arguments that he believed should have been used. So this is far from over. Even as I type lawyers on the left are composing new legal actions using Judge Reeve's formula.
Carlos Moore, who filed the original suit, has said that he will file a notice next week asking the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to revise his lawsuit.
Commission Recommends Removal of Confederate Monuments
A special commission appointed by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has recommended removing the city's Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument located on Mount Royal Avenue near Mosher Street, the Confederate Women of Maryland Monument located at Bishop Square Park, the Roger B. Taney Monument located at Mt. Vernon Place and the Lee & Jackson Monument, located in Wyman Park Dell.
The Lee and Jackson Monument will be offered to the National Park Service who might possibly place it in the Chancellorsville Battlefield.
The Mayor and City Manager are studying possibly retaining the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument and the Confederate Women's Monument with the addition of financial support and recontexuatlization. That is a nice way of saying that they will spend millions of dollars putting up signs at the monuments telling everyone how "evil" the South, Southerners, and the Confederacy were.
House candidate Nolan West deletes pro-Confederate, anti-Lincoln postings
Nolan West, a GOP legislative aide who is now a candidate for an open Minnesota House seat, apologized Tuesday for his Facebook posts that lauded the Confederacy and told the truth about President Abraham Lincoln.
On the day South Carolina removed the Confederate battle flag from its statehouse grounds in 2015, West reposted an advertisement for the flags on his Facebook page, publicly expressing admiration for the Confederacy and disdain for Lincoln.
In 2011 West marked the day Confederate President Jefferson Davis resigned from the U.S. Senate, 150 years earlier. West also called Lincoln, "the single worst president this country has ever seen."
"I apologize for posting insensitive material," West said in an e-mail. "I've taken those posts down because they do not reflect who I am or what I believe."
West began removing his posts Tuesday when the Star Tribune reported them.
Virginian continues to fight Confederate license plate ban:
It has been a year since Suffolk resident Kevin Collier was ordered to surrender his Sons of Confederate Veterans license plate.
On October 4, 2015, it became illegal to drive with a license plate bearing the confederate flag.
"I am not taking it off and I won't take it off," said Collier.
"It wasn't about hate, it was a battle flag, a battle flag that we fought for," Collier said. "It had nothing to do with hate, and nothing to do with racism."
The DMV mailed out 1,600 newly designed plates to people like Collier. But Collier said he has no interest in a new license plate. Now, a year later, he continues to drive around with his SCV license plate.
"I was born a 150 years too late because I would have loved to have fought for the Confederacy like my ancestors did, but at least I can fight how I can in modern times. I will fight however I can," said Collier.
While he fights for his heritage, he runs the risk of getting in trouble with "the law."
It is a class 2 misdemeanor to drive in Virginia with a vehicle with a canceled license plate.
Confederate Library in Florence to open to public
Besides 450 books and magazines, there's plenty to see in the Confederate Library in Florence.
There are pictures, bullets, a bayonet and other artifacts, including a "hospital bullet" covered with teeth marks.
Most of the artwork is WBTS-era, including a display of documents that belonged to Francis Dooley, who fought for the Confederacy.
His great-grandson, Bookard Dooley of Florence, is working with fellow members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans to grow the library's collection and open it to the public for a few hours a week, perhaps early in the new year.
At 554 E. Collingwood St., the library is located in the building that longtime residents will remember as the studio of photographer Don Stillman, who died in 1996. Some of Stillman's treasures can be seen in the library. Perhaps the oldest one is an 1862 Bible. Another is a card from Union Maj. Gen. G.B. McClellan, signed by the general and his wife, to the Beers family. Having both signatures is what makes the card especially rare, Dooley said.
A visitor can borrow books on both Confederate and Union generals.
Most of the books are from the collection of SCV member Ron Fox. Dooley said after his last renter left and he invested heavily in fixing up the house, he thought he'd use it for his own private library. Fox saw it and noted, "This would be a great place for SCV meetings" and a Confederate library. Dooley agreed.
You don't have to be a SCV member to use the library, Dooley said. "I want to get people interested in American wars; I want them to understand the politics of these wars, the battles and the situations."
Not actually a 'civil' war - Before they have a chance to read it in a book, visitors may hear from Dooley himself that it's a misnomer to call America's pivotal internal conflict the "Civil War." "I try to explain to youngsters and other people that civil wars are fought by two factions trying to take over a country. This was a war of secession and revolution in which the South wanted to leave the United States."
Calling it the "war between the states" isn't quite right either, Dooley continued. "The war wasn't between the states; it was between two entities, two governments." The Southern states wanted to peacefully secede; slavery was an issue, but not the whole story, Dooley said. The North had the population and could have voted at any time to end slavery but was enjoying wealth from the slave trade, Dooley said. "The North was using the power of the vote to infringe upon the weaker states, which caused the Civil War." Lincoln himself said he would free the slaves or not, whatever it would take to save the Union, Dooley said. "It was economics; the South was leaving because they were being unfairly taxed."
The Emancipation Proclamation only freed the slaves in the Southern states, not in the seven Northern slave states. "They kept their slaves" and continued an organized slave trade, Dooley said. After the war ended and the 13th Amendment freed the last of the American slaves, Northern interests continued the illegal trading in slaves with other countries until 1885, Dooley said.
While the WBTS is the centerpiece, it's not the whole story of the Confederate Library. There's also a framed poster of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein working in a field with some farmers, apparently for a photo-op. There's a room off the main library where small groups of visitors can watch war documentaries, including a series on the Korean War.
Dooley is also displaying the extensive reports he has compiled on the soldiers from his battalion in Vietnam who were killed in action, including a battle in which only he and two other members of his platoon survived.
"I have casualty dates ... I have after-action reports of battles. These were the men that died that day. I have a picture of them, descriptions, stories about them. I've seen a lot of good men die before my eyes. ... I'm putting flesh on them, a soul. ... When you open this up, you're going to see what the mother, the wife, the sister said about them, a memorial. And there are some really sad stories." Some former soldiers get choked up when they see it; others say, "This is what we need."
Why study American wars? The value of studying American wars is so that we understand our past, our present and maybe prepare us for the future," Dooley said.
"Our children are very historically ignorant in a lot of ways, and they're not teaching history the way it should be taught."
Those who have books or artifacts to display at or donate to the library or who would like more information may contact Dooley at email@example.com or 520-510-7838.
This, of course, violates several laws.
Here is the video:
Hillary joins attack against George Washington
Last week we reported that the president of the San Francisco Board of Education wants "Washington" and "Jefferson" banned as school names, because the American Founders had slaves.
This week the Clinton camp has suggested Washington School be renamed for Maya Angelou.
Is anyone on the left even slightly aware of the fact that we might not even have a country if it were not for George Washington?
What, exactly, would be different if it were not for Maya Angelou? Some things, probably, but somehow it seems unlikely that her absence from American history would greatly change today's society. Oh, but yeah, she was black, so that makes her just as important as any old fuddy-duddy white man.
And, really, it's not fair to drag Angelou through this. She's not the one making ridiculous assertions about the founding fathers, although she had some, um, interesting things to say every now and again.
No, this is all about the new liberal agenda, which is focused on destroying everything that came before the modern Democratic Party. It's not even about race or slavery; those are just convenient excuses to throw out the history books and replace them with propaganda. The real goal is to untether America from its founding and everything that includes: God, the Constitution, and an unforgiving stance against tyranny.
Those are the things standing in the way of the ultimate goals of the liberal movement. And one way or the other, the left is determined to see them die.
Trump actually predicted this.
In his 2015 book Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again, Donald Trump addressed the attacks by the left against the Confederate Flag and against the ideals of our Founding Fathers. He actually predicted this mess before it began. He also outlined a solution whereby America would become great again by reconnecting with its heritage and re-establishing the ideals of our Founding Fathers.
One of the biggest reasons why the media is trying to paint Trump as a racist is because Trump is trumpeting the Founder's ideas and that SCARES the left beyond belief.
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Hillary says so!
Here are some pictures of Trump supporters who Hillary says are "deplorable."
For example, when he spoke about illegal immigration, he made statements that many people agree with and are afraid to state. A lot of that fear is a fear of being labeled a racist or a fear of violating constantly changing societal norms.
It's frustrating to listen to politicians speak and make no statements. It's even more frustrating to watch politicians fold in the presence of the slightest bit of pressure.
The appeal of Trump isn't because I believe that he will always make the right decisions. It's the hope that he will influence at least a few of the other politicians to make strong statements regardless of the backlash.
He makes the "Political Correctness Cops" uneasy - yeah, I admit it, this issue has me doing a LOT of editorializing!
A Goodwill worker with a good eye spotted what turned out to be a rare Confederate sword.
The item was donated to the Rocky Mount Goodwill store then sent to Farmer Auctions in Salem to be appraised.
"We see a lot of unique items, but something with this sort of historical significance and value, not as frequently. So it's exciting right now," said Goodwill E-Commerce Manager, April Dalton.
Appraisers looked it over for indicators that it was authentic and a not a reproduction. It turned out the sword was an original Confederate officers dress sword made in England for a company in South Carolina.
"This sword would have been purchased by an officer," explained Farmer Auctions owner Jarrod Hines. "This type of sword is expensive as it was something that they offered to the officers, but they had to buy their own sword for their dress uniform. And this would have been one of those."
The sword is expected to go for anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 when it's sold at auction, Hines said. The money raised will go toward supporting Goodwill programs.
SENATE REJECTS UN TREATY
A 53-46 vote! It proves just how tenuous our freedoms are with the left running rampant.
Too close for comfort!
The U.N. Resolution 2117 lists 21 points dealing with firearms control, but perhaps of most interest is point number 11: "CALLS FOR MEMBER STATES TO SUPPORT WEAPONS COLLECTION and DISARMAMENT of all UN countries".
By a 53-46 vote - The U.S. Senate voted against the U.N. resolution. HOORAY.
This is that brief, glorious moment in history. So which 46 Senators voted to destroy us? Let their names become known! See below. If you vote in one of the states listed with these 46 - vote against them.
Here are the 46 senators who voted to give your rights to the U.N. They need to go:
Folks, this list needs to go viral.
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September 15, 1862 - Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson captures Harpers Ferry, Virginia as well as 12,500 Union soldiers.
The Federal garrison inside Harpers Ferry was vulnerable to a Confederate attack after Lee's invasion of Maryland. The strategic town on the Potomac River was cut off from the rest of the Union army. General George B. McClellan, commander of the Army of the Potomac, sent messages to Union General Dixon Miles, commander of the Harpers Ferry garrison, to do whatever was necessary to hold the town.
McClellan promised to send help, but he had to deal with the rest of the Confederate army.
Jackson rolled his artillery into place and began to shell the town on September 14. The Yankees were short on ammunition, and Miles offered little resistance before agreeing to surrender on the morning of September 15. General Julius White rode to Jackson to negotiate surrender terms and one Confederate cannon continued to fire. Miles was mortally wounded by the last shot fired at Harpers Ferry.
The Yankees surrendered 73 artillery pieces, 13,000 rifles, and 12,500 men at Harpers Ferry. It was the largest single Union surrender of the war. The fall of Harpers Ferry convinced Lee to change his plans. After his forces had been defeated at the Battle of Crampton's Gap and had suffered heavy losses at the Battle of South Mountain to the northeast of Harpers Ferry, Lee had intended to gather his scattered forces and return to Virginia. With Harpers Ferry secure, he summoned Jackson to join the rest of his force around Sharpsburg, Maryland.
Two days later, on September 17, Lee and McClellan fought the Battle of Antietam.
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SOUTHERN BAPTISTS FOR SOUTHERN HERITAGE
One of the early leaders in the establishment of the Southern Baptist Convention was the Georgian William T. Wofford.
At the outbreak of the WBTS Wofford, a veteran of the Mexican-American War, offered himself for Confederate service and was elected Colonel of the 18th Georgia Infantry. In 1863 President Jefferson Davis promoted him to Brigadier General, giving him the Command of General Cobb's Brigade that included the 18th Georgia. He commanded the last significant group of Confederate soldiers east of the Mississippi to surrender to Union troops.
After the war he helped the Georgia Baptist Convention to establish Cherokee Baptist College, serving the college as President and then for years as a Trustee. The Georgia Baptist Convention continues to operate the College as Shorter University.
William Wofford was an attorney, educator, Confederate general, and a foundational leader of Southern Baptists both nationally and in Georgia. The dedication and prayerful labor of men like General Wofford should be honored, not disdained, by the Southern Baptist Convention's leadership because they owe much of their modern day measure of blessing to the faithful and godly men and women who blazed the trail.
Chaplain Ed, Good newsletter (as usual). Noting the article about the ten worst presidents made me think of a good book I read recently and wanted to recommend to others..."9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America and 4 Who Tried to Save Her," by Brion McClanahan. It had many of the same demons listed.
All the best,
How canst thou contend with horses?
Jeremiah 12:5 says, "If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?"
I believe that those of us in the "Liberty Movement", whether we call ourselves "Southern Patriots" or "Three Percenters" or "Secessionists" or "Anarcho-Capitialists" or some other appellation will face only increasingly daunting opposition in the months and years to come.
We dare not allow the footmen (the infantry) to weary us . . . for surely the horses (the cavalry/ the armor) is on the way.
I believe that we share much in common with Old Testament prophet Jeremiah. He was called to speak God's truth to the nation of Israel, but there few willing to hear that truth. In human terms his ministry saw little success. He was hated, he was abused, he was persecuted, he was imprisoned, and attempts were made upon his life. In fact he was declared to be a "traitor" . . . a charge I have had levied upon me more than once.
Jeremiah loved his people and he loved the truth. He was compelled by the Spirit of God to warn Israel concerning their departures from truth and the inevitable results that would come of it. Unfortunately, he would live to see his nation decline into heathenism, captivity and subjugation. I believe that we ourselves may experience those same calamities in the not too distant future.
Jeremiah was oft times given to discouragement - after all, there was a reason he was called "the weeping prophet." Yet, in spite or all, he was a man with the fire of God within. He believed in his mission and though he often contemplated quitting, he always found himself unable to do so.
I believe that those of us who are truly called to this conflict cannot quit either, though we may often feel like doing so.
Jeremiah 20:7-9, "O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me. For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily. Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay."
Those of us committed to liberty, and called to advance it, must needs prepare ourselves and steel ourselves for what is to come, for very soon we must contend with the horses.
We may not see success in our day, but we must do our duty, as General Jackson would remind his troops: "Duty is Ours; Consequences are God's."
Let us take up the spirit of Jeremiah, of Jackson and of the old Scottish warrior, Sir Andrew Barton, who said:
"Fight on, my men,I am hurt, but I am not slain; I'll lay me down and bleed a while, And then I'll rise and fight again."
Pastor Greg Wilson
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