Clad in the gray wool uniform of the Confederacy, with a black ribbon on his chest, Rusty Rentz of the Sons of Confederate Veterans stood guard at a monument to Confederate war dead at the front of the Statehouse complex in Columbia - the very spot where the Flag was flying a year ago.
"The fact that the governor brought the flag down doesn't change the fact that some 25,000 Confederate soldiers lost their life in defense of their state, so we will continue to be here," he said.
State government offices were closed Tuesday to mark the holiday, which is held annually on May 10. That's the day when Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson died in 1863 in Chancellorsville, Virginia. It's also the day when Union troops captured President Jefferson Davis in Georgia in 1865.
For more than 50 years, some version of the Confederacy's most recognizable emblem flew at South Carolina's capitol complex. In 1961, it was raised over the Statehouse dome - along with the U.S. and South Carolina flags - to commemorate the Civil War Centennial, and State officials kept it flying.
In 2000, after a lengthy debate, a compromise was reached to remove the flag from the dome and run up a smaller version, the South Carolina Infantry Battle Flag, on a 30-foot flagpole at the Confederate Soldier Monument directly in front of the Statehouse, along a busy street.
It wasn't until last summer that the symbol left the grounds entirely. Gov. Nikki Haley called for the flag's removal, which came in July.
A handful of southern states hold annual observances honoring Confederate war dead, most in April and May.
Last year, Georgia removed listings for Confederate Memorial Day and Gen. Robert E. Lee's birthdays on its official holiday calendar list, renaming both as "state holiday." That move came as many states grappled with how to placate an anti-Confederate movement sweeping the country.
Alabama also removed a Confederate battle flag from its Capitol grounds. Other flags and Confederate emblems in states like Mississippi and Texas were moved or taken down altogether.
The only Confederate flags present Tuesday were those brought by Rentz and about a half a dozen other faithful, some clad in period clothing, and placed around the base of the monument. As cars drove by, some honked support and some yelled "Go home!"
Rentz said he's not bothered by the criticism and actually has seen more interest in Southern Heritage this past year. "I think there are those who want it to be stigmatized. Certainly there are groups in the past that have misused this flag, but just because they've misused it does not mean that it's an evil flag or a flag of oppression."
The bronze statue, a soldier standing with folded arms, was constructed by a local granite company for the sum of $3,600. A plaque at the bottom read, "To Our Heroes of Montgomery Co., Maryland, That We Through Life May Not Forget To Love The Thin Gray Line." It was dedicated in a June ceremony in front of the courthouse, with 3,000 spectators listening to a band play "Dixie" and the "Star-Spangled Banner," according to the account of a local historian.
Supporters of the statue saw it, and continue to see it, as a historic symbol of heritage. Now, over 100 years after the statue was installed, some residents have lobbied to take it down.
The argument is that Maryland remained in the Union during the WBTS. Forget that Maryland was a border state, with Southern leanings. A State that likely would have seceded had Abraham Lincoln not jailed the majority of the elected officials in the State's government to prevent them from voting in favor of secession. Forget the thousands of Marylanders who fought for the South during the war.
Every week we read of yet another monument, another image of our past, being attacked. The problem is not going away. America has a lot of statues.
A few years ago, W. Fitzhugh Brundage, a history professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, launched a research project whose goal was to determine how many statues and memorials his state had. There were no comparable national databases, and Brundage hoped his could become a model for other states. He assumed there would be a few hundred representing all wars and conflicts; instead, his team found nearly 200 for the WBTS alone, mostly Confederate.
The sheer number of Confederate monuments made Professor Brundage realize that Southern heritage, Southern pride, or whatever you wish to call it, was a part of the daily warp and woof of people's lives.
Still, the liberals, aided by the media, are calling for ALL monuments to be taken down. The government, North and South, would happily comply. The only reason we havn't already seen a massive teardown of monuments is that doing so could cost millions per statue, billions nation-wide. As would another common solution: building an equal number of pro-Union statues.
"We live in a landscape that is cluttered with monuments," Brundage says. "Even if the Confederate past could be erased" - which it can't, he says; removing monuments wouldn't do that - "the actual mechanics of that would take decades."
Building them, to begin with, took decades, too. In the early days of Reconstruction, federally funded veterans' cemeteries were reserved for only Union soldiers. Southern women founded the United Daughters of the Confederacy to raise money for Confederate soldiers to have their own modest cemetery memorials.
Over time, though, these markers got larger and more specific, says Jane Censer, a George Mason University professor who studies Southern women of the 19th century. Rather than the memorials appearing just in cemeteries, the UDC began putting them in public spaces: parks, legislative buildings, courthouse lawns. Many of the statues that cause conflict today weren't built in the years following the War but in the decades following it, and not by widows or daughters of Confederate veterans, but by proud descendants.
"You can really see this progression in the three major statues of Robert E. Lee," says Gaines Foster, a historian at Louisiana State University and author of "Ghosts of the Confederacy." In Lee's earliest post-Civil War statue, placed on the campus of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, in 1875, Lee is lying in repose. In the second, dedicated in New Orleans in 1884, Lee, the top Confederate general, is standing erect. "By 1890 in Richmond," Foster says, "Lee is riding his horse again." The South had re-risen, at least in the stone representations of its leaders.
Like the statues, the narrative of America's history has been constantly changing.
An entrance to the U.S. Capitol used to be flanked by a pair of statues depicting American Indians. Both statues were removed in 1958, an early and unnoticed submission to an infant political correctness. 55 years later, the Confederate monuments, like those statues of the Indians, would begin to fall victim to the same political correctness totally run amuck.
When some people see a solitary Confederate soldier standing on a pedestal in a public area, they see historic and important artwork. Many rightfully argue that the monuments should not be taken down because of the risk of history-washing.
When some other people look at the same statue, they claim to see a mass-produced symbol of racism for which an industrious sales clerk received a commission.
When I see a monument to someone like say Michael King (better known by his pseudonym "Martin Luther" King) I see the image of a card carrying member of the Communist Party who plagiarized his doctoral dissertation and, according to the FBI, was a suspect in the murders and deaths of numerous prostitutes. Others look at the same statue and see a champion for civil rights. I do not demand that King's Statue be torn down or relocated. So why do his admirers insist that I must remove the statues of my heroes?
The newly dethroned Andrew Jackson was both a talented strategist in the War of 1812 and later a very controversial president. He also happened to own a few slaves. But that did not define who he was. Nor did it diminish all the good he did for the country. Yet that would seem to be the only thing that anyone wants to judge his entire military career and presidency by.
Few would argue that likenesses of American forefather George Washington should be removed from public spaces, although he, too, owned slaves - hundreds of slaves more than Jackson. No doubt his statues will one day too come under attack.
Now imagine how hard it is for we Southerners to defend a statue of, say, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Confederate general and founder of the Ku Klux Klan. Of course the Klan of the 1870's was NOT the Klan of today. Under Forrest's leadership the Knights would ride to the defense of their black neighbors just as quickly as they would their white ones - and lets just say that not everyone under those sheets had white faces. General Forrest after all had 45 personal armed body guards - ALL BLACK.
Many people, especially liberals, know what they believe - how dare we confuse them with facts!
Unreported by the mainstream media, at this year's annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Atlanta, the organization's attendees debated the "problem" of Confederate monuments and statues during a plenary session and proposed the relocation of publicly placed monuments into private cemeteries.
The Atlanta History Center offers an entire page on its website with suggestions to help local historians, including adding placards with detailed information about the monuments' original intent. As a template, the History Center offers the following wording: "This monument was created to recognize the dedication and sacrifice of Americans who fought to establish the Confederate slaveholding republic. Yet this monument must now remind us that their loss actually meant liberty, justice and freedom for millions of people."
A monument to a cause ends up criticizing that cause.
Meanwhile, in Rockville, the County Executive has asked the city to take possession of the statue, removing it. The city council has declined. They do want to deal with the statue, either. That said, the possibility of removing it remains on the table to be re-debated at a future meeting. For now, it still stands outside the courthouse. Recently, it has suffered a serious graffiti attack. The bottom half is encased in a wooden box. Someone who was not local would see it in its current condition and probably have no idea what they are looking at.
Remember the story that broke right before the Indiana primary claiming that Ted Cruz' father was linked to Lee Harvey Oswald and the assassination of JFK?
A crazy conspiracy theory published in a tabloid. Right?
I would have thought so to. EXCEPT, the gentleman, a prominent attorney, blogger, and part-time investigative reporter, whose obituary you can read by clicking the link above was found DEAD under suspicious circumstances on the day the story broke nationally. And the police immediately ruled it a "suicide" refusing to actually investigate.
Dead in a stairwell. The police, without any investigation, claim he was a failed depressed blogger who killed himself because of financial difficulty. In reality he was a prominent lawyer and a political activist who did not care about money from a blog. One of the rare good lawyers. This isn't the first scandal he's uncovered in his career. But based on where his corpse is at the moment, maybe it was his biggest?
Is it also coincidence that Ted suspended his campaign BEFORE the vote results of Indiana were announced?
Now does that mean that I believe that Ted Cruz' father played a part in the assassination of our nation's 35th President? Maybe? Probably not. But Gary Welsh was definitely getting too close to something and whatever it was may just be the reason why he is DEAD!
I can say this. I have spoken with pastors and missionaries in Cuba who have told me that the old Cubans in Matanzas, Cruz' home village in Cuba, who remember Cruz remember him as a traitor to his country. The news that his son was running for US president disturbed them. The Cubans did not dislike Cruz for having left Cuba. They too would have happily left Cuba if they could. But in their mind leaving is one thing - TREASON another. They disliked Cruz for having been a traitor. Certainly not the same story that Ted and his Dad were telling on the campaign trail.
When Cruz "escaped from prison" and then the island coming to the good old USA he was given a job in a Texas oil company that relocated him to Canada (where his son Ted was born).
Many CIA operatives in the 1950's and 1960's were paid through Texas oil companies. George H.W. Bush, our 41st president, father of our 43rd president, was a CIA Director prior to becoming Vice-President and then President. He has stated that his Texas oil company was actually a CIA front operation. Off shore platforms were actually bases, oil tankers were used to move assets around the globe, and most of the executives were actually CIA operatives whose business trips to oil producing nations hid their clandestine work in middle-eastern nations.
So was Ted's father a CIA collaborator? It would explain why his countrymen believed him to be a traitor. It would also explain why he needed to be extracted from Cuba (In other words he didn't "escape"). It would explain how a dishwasher from Cuba lands a cushy job with an oil company looking for oil that was never found in of all places Canada. It could also explain why he would be photographed with Lee Harvey Oswald.
It also explains how his son was able to attend Ivy League schools and receive appointments to clerk for Supreme Court justices and Presidents of the United States (Bush 43). Maybe the payoff to Cruz the father was a future for his children? It might even explain how Ted ended up winning his Senate seat in a very questionable run-off election. Or maybe not.
At any rate, we know that the CIA had collaborators and inside Bautista's government, in Castro's revolution, and in Castro's regime. If Cruz was one of them it explains a lot. And it potentially puts him in contact with Lee Harvey Oswald. It also puts him touch with countless other people who we are not supposed to know about.
Or maybe my mind is just running crazy with conspiracy theories. None of which I could prove anyway. Nor does it matter I guess since I can not prove them, they are admiTEDly fanciful,and Ted Cruz has dropped out of the race anyway.
The facts that remain are of course that Gary Welsh is DEAD. The timing and circumstances of his death are very interesting.
Below is a link to a book selling on Amazon that was brought to my attention this week by one of our readers. I have not read the book and supply the link for informational purposes only:
Link to AMAZON Book - LIAR LIAR CRUZ ON FIRE
Objections Sustained! Alabama Suspends Chief Justice
Alabama's Chief Justice, Roy Moore, is probably one of the few judges who's been cross-examined as much as his witnesses. The unapologetic constitutionalist has been under the microscope plenty of times in his long career -- including a 2003 showdown over a Ten Commandments monument that he refused to remove from the court grounds. Now, the Left's judicial target is back in their crosshairs, with another politically-motivated smear campaign.
What we know about the complaint is this: Southern Poverty Law Center is behind it.
After the U.S. Supreme Court forced a radical redefinition of marriage on the entire country last summer, Justice Moore fought it with every legitimate judicial tool at his disposal. And while some have accused him of defying the Supreme Court's decision to redefine marriage, the reality is that Moore was simply holding out until an official decision was reached in his state.
Didn't the Supreme Court already make that determination for Alabama in Obergefell? The answer is yes and no.
Last spring, before five justices decided to rewrite thousands of years of natural law, the Alabama Supreme Court had upheld the state's marriage amendment. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled, there's some confusion as to what the State's decision means in light of that, and Chief Justice Moore has merely pointed out this lack of clarity. Until it rules, Chief Justice Moore has told probate judges to continue to follow his administrative order from last March: "Until further decision by the Alabama Supreme Court, the existing orders of the Alabama Supreme Court that Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment or the Alabama Marriage Protection Act remain in full force and effect."
Of course, the Left is spinning that to mean that Moore is defying the Supreme Court -- and now, they've gotten their SPLC cronies to help level ethics charges at the Justice because of it.
Last Friday, the Judicial Inquiry Commission decided to suspend Justice Moore without pay until he himself is tried. "Chief Justice Moore flagrantly disregarded and abused his authority," the Commission insisted. "Moore knowingly ordered probate judges to commit violations... knowingly subjecting them to potential prosecution and removal from office."
The record will show Chief Justice Moore has done no such thing. What he has done is defend and represent the actual state of the law. His opponents just don't like the policy implications of his legal arguments!
Milwaukee's Black Sheriff Makes Confederate Heritage a Campaign Issue
Milwaukee County Sheriff, David A. Clarke Jr., has been sharply criticized over the years for any number of causes and people, ranging from Beyoncé to Black Lives Matter.
But here is a completely new target for the outspoken sheriff:
Clarke - who is black - posted a tweet this week questioning Kentucky officials who decided to remove a Confederate monument adjacent to the University of Louisville campus. A Kentucky judge has issued an order temporarily blocking the monument's movement.
Clarke continues to oppose the removal of the statue and his unexpected defense of Southern Heritage has become a campaign issue for this Yankee Sheriff. And he refuses to back down. He seems to be standing firm that everyone should have the right to promote and advance their heritage. God bless you Sheriff Clarke, we are praying for your re-election. Our country needs more good Sheriffs like yourself!
We have a reader / subscriber / and occasional contributor to Dixie Heritage from Georgia. He is also the editor of an excellent monthly called the Howling Dawg - a magazine many of us here in Florida subscribe to under a different name - "Gator Chow" (LOL). I really like the Howling Dawg and as I've gotten to know the editor I really like him too. But the thing that drew me to him and his work on behalf of our Heritage was his name. Wanna guess?
Whats not to respect about the name John Wayne? John Wayne, or as we called him, "The Duke," won the WBTS for the Confederacy - or the Union - Depending on what movies you watched. I think every American boy, North or South, who lived in the latter half of the 20th century counted John Wayne as one of his heroes.
Recently, the California State Assembly attempted to pass a holiday in John Wayne's honor and a few minority members raised such unholy hell over it. Their main objections were that Wayne was a white man who used his publicity to strongly oppose communism. The rest of the State Assembly collapsed and the idea was abandoned. Still, it looks as though The Duke may get his holiday after all.
Less than a month after a resolution to honor John Wayne failed to gain traction with state officials, a Newport Beach city councilman is asking his colleagues to designate May 26 as a holiday to the late actor.
Mayor pro tem Kevin Muldoon asked city staff Tuesday to place a resolution honoring Wayne on the May 24 City Council agenda for his colleagues' consideration. At that time, council members will be able to decide whether to designate Wayne's birthday, May 26, in his name.
"John Wayne is an iconic figure and beloved in his adopted hometown of Newport Beach," Muldoon said.
Wayne is remembered for his rugged cowboy roles in films including "The Alamo," and "True Grit," for which he won an Academy Award in 1970. He eventually moved to Newport Beach, where he lived until he succumbed to complications from cancer in 1979 at age 72.
John Wayne's legacy is still present in many ways in Newport Beach. He's buried at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, his beloved yacht, Wild Goose, is still anchored in the harbor, and the Orange County airport bears his name and a 9-foot-tall statue of him in one of its terminals.
"He symbolized all that is great in America and our city - strength, freedom and love of country and family," Muldoon said. "It is only fitting that we should honor such a great man."
In late April, Assemblyman Matthew Harper, a Huntington Beach Republican who also represents sections of Newport Beach, introduced a resolution that sought to declare May 26 as John Wayne Day statewide.
However, the Assembly voted down the resolution, 35-20, after several legislators took issue with statements Wayne had made in support for the anti-communist House Un-American Activities Committee and the John Birch Society.
Several public figures throughout California supported the resolution, calling Wayne an American hero whose family created the John Wayne Cancer Foundation after his death.
Madeleine Cooper, Assemblyman Harper's legislative director, said the Assemblyman is pleased that Newport Beach is considering the idea. "We were so disappointed that we couldn't do this at the state level, but we're happy to see it done at a local level," Cooper said.
Texas has also enacted a holiday for John Wayne.
GEORGIA PASTOR PERSECUTED
This isn't happening in Massachusetts folks! All over the country we are seeing Christians socially, financially, and legally affected by the attacks from the anti-Christian left. Sadly, the attacks occur in the once-Christian South as much or more than they do in the North. In Georgia the latest (and most egregious) example is playing out as one Pastor fights back against the state after being unjustly fired from his government job.
Dr. Eric Walsh is a public health expert who also happens to work as a lay minister in his church.
Recently, he ran afoul of his government employers when the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) began investigating him for his own personal, moral, and religious beliefs. His lawyers at First Liberty argue that the State chose to fire him because of his Christian beliefs.
First Liberty spokesman Jeremy Dys told Fox News that, "He was fired for something he said in a sermon. If the government is allowed to fire someone over what he said in his sermons, they can come after any of us for our beliefs on anything... No one in this country should be fired from their job for something that was said in a church or from a pulpit during a sermon."
First Liberty argues that the State explicitly set out to persecute Dr. Walsh after learning of his faith and they argue that there is definitive proof that the State acted unjustly. First Liberty argues that the Georgia Department of Public Health assigned several people to investigate the sermons that Dr. Walsh was delivering at church - sermons that touched on his views of marriage, sexuality, and creationism.
It was these sermons that cost Dr. Walsh his job with the DPH. Georgia liberal LGBT activists caught wind of his beliefs and began pushing on the State to end their connection to him. However, at least two different sources from within the DPH warned the department that firing him would mean breaking federal law and risking a major lawsuit. The DPH's own lawyers warned them twice that the department could not use Dr. Walsh's religious beliefs as a reason for termination. Sadly (for the DPH), they had no reason to fire him without focusing on his religious beliefs. An internal memo makes this clear:
One unnamed staffer wrote a memo warning that the entire controversy had been blown "impossibly out of proportion."
"Not only is there no smoking gun, there is every reason to believe, even from his detractors own words, that he is the excellent health director we believed he would be," the staffer wrote in a document obtained by First Liberty through a FOIA request.
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