Last July, Anthony Hervey, an outspoken black advocate for the Confederate flag, was killed in a car crash. Arlene Barnum, a surviving passenger in the vehicle, told authorities and the media that they had been forced off the road by a carload of "angry young black men" after Hervey, while wearing his Confederate kepi, stopped at a convenience store en route to his home in Oxford, Mississippi. His death was in no small part caused by the gross level of ignorance, organized deceit and anger about the War of 1861.
Much of the ignorance stems from the fact that most Americans believe the war was initiated to free slaves, when in truth, freeing slaves was little more than an afterthought. I want to lay out a few quotations and ask what you make of them.
During the "Civil War," ex-slave Frederick Douglass observed, "There are at the present moment many colored men in the Confederate army doing duty not only as cooks, servants and laborers, but as real soldiers, having muskets on their shoulders, and bullets in their pockets, ready to shoot down loyal troops, and do all that soldiers may to destroy the Federal Government and build up that of the traitors and rebels" (Douglass' Monthly, September 1861).
"For more than two years, negroes had been extensively employed in belligerent operations by the Confederacy. They had been embodied and drilled as Rebel soldiers, and had paraded with White troops at a time when this would not have been tolerated in the armies of the Union" (Horace Greeley, in his book, "The American Conflict").
"Over 3,000 negroes must be included in this number (of Confederate troops). These were clad in all kinds of uniforms, not only in cast-off or captured United States uniforms, but in coats with Southern buttons, State buttons, etc. These were shabby, but not shabbier or seedier than those worn by white men in rebel ranks. Most of the negroes had arms, rifles, muskets, sabres, bowie-knives, dirks, etc. They were supplied, in many instances, with knapsacks, haversacks, canteens, etc., and were manifestly an integral portion of the Southern Confederacy Army. They were seen riding on horses and mules, driving wagons, riding on caissons, in ambulances, with the staff of Generals, and promiscuously mixed up with all the rebel horde" (report by Dr. Lewis H. Steiner, chief inspector of the U.S. Sanitary Commission).
In April 1861, a Petersburg, Virginia, newspaper proposed "three cheers for the patriotic free Negroes of Lynchburg" after 70 blacks offered "to act in whatever capacity" had been "assigned to them" in defense of Virginia.
Those are but a few examples of the important role that blacks served as soldiers, freemen and slaves on the side of the Confederacy. The flap over the Confederate flag is not quite so simple as the nation's race "experts" make it. They want us to believe the flag is a symbol of racism. Yes, racists have used the Confederate flag as their symbol, but racists have also marched behind the U.S. flag and have used the Bible. Would anyone suggest banning the U.S. flag from state buildings and references to the Bible?
Black civil rights activists, their white liberal supporters and historically ignorant Americans who attack the Confederate flag have committed a deep, despicable dishonor to our patriotic Southern black ancestors who marched, fought and died not to protect slavery but to protect their homeland from Northern aggression. They don't deserve the dishonor. Dr. Leonard Haynes, a black professor at Southern University, stated, "When you eliminate the black Confederate soldier, you've eliminated the history of the South."
We have never had total war against a candidate like we're seeing with Donald Trump. All elements of national media are uniting to stop him.
Look for a fake Trump scandal to break - probably from a conservative news outlet - right before the Iowa caucus.
A few months ago, an alleged Trump quote from a 1998 People magazine interview was circulating on the Internet, claiming Trump said that if he ever ran for president, he'd run as a Republican because Republican voters are "the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they'd still eat it up."
I pay a lot for Nexis, and Trump has never said anything remotely resembling this. Snopes.com investigated, too, and also concluded the quote was a fake. But you can probably still find some idiot tweeting it out right now.
Last week, Glenn Beck "retweeted" a post allegedly tweeted by Trump the day after the 2012 election, saying: "I always vote for the winners! Congratulations to My Friend, @BarackObama!"
If that doesn't sound like Trump, it's because Trump never said it. Beck's retweet sure made it look real, but you can check Trump's Twitter archive.
All the stories about Trump being a fraud keep turning out to be the real frauds. I assume that, like most sentient beings, he's changed his mind about some things. But the one consistent thread running through his entire life is his love for this country and his fellow Americans.
The attacks on Trump from the "conservative" media, calling him a socialist, a Democrat, a flip-flopper, a fake conservative, are just name-calling. I notice that the accusers never include examples, not true ones, anyway. Here are some examples of how Trump has always been for Americans first. Wouldn't it be nice to have a president who likes us more than he likes foreigners - and the rich donors who employ them?
In 1986, Trump saw a TV broadcast with Annabell Hill, whose 67-year-old husband had committed suicide 20 minutes before their family farm was to be auctioned off in a foreclosure sale, hoping the life insurance money would be enough to save the farm. It wasn't.
Trump immediately called Annabell, promising to save her farm and pledging $20,000 toward the effort. "Last night when he called, my heart went pitter patter," Annabell told ABC's "World News Tonight." "I never talked with a man with that much money before. And he assured me that one day the land would be mine. I thought, after I hung up, 'This can't be true, this just can't be true.'"
As Trump explained to The Atlanta Constitution at the time, "I've seen what's happened to farmers, but I was particularly interested in a lovely woman I saw, Annabell Hill."
Within a month of Trump's launching a national campaign with two other businessmen to save Annabell's farm, they had raised more than $100,000. One of the businessmen, Frank A. Argenbright Jr., said, "That is thanks totally to Mr. Trump and his organization. Most of the money has come from the New York area."
By Christmas that year, Annabell and her entire family flew to New York to burn the mortgage in the lobby of Trump Towers and have Christmas dinner with the Trump family. The lovely Annabell said, "Well, we have a real celebration not only to celebrate the birth of Jesus but also to celebrate the goodness in men's hearts."
Thirty years ago, Trump wasn't thinking about running for president. And yet, this is how he explained his campaign to save Annabell's farm, as quoted by the Associated Press: "We give a lot of money to foreign countries that don't give a damn about us, but we don't help the American farmers."
Two years later, Trump was interviewed by Larry King at the 1988 Republican National Convention. Please look up this interview - it's fabulous.
Two things will be of particular interest. First, watch how Trump keeps circling back to praise Dan Quayle. King doesn't even ask him about Quayle - a figure of media ridicule at the time because of his Midwest conservatism. It's Trump who keeps doggedly bringing up Quayle, in order to say, he's a "very impressive guy" who did "a great job - I don't mean a good job, I mean a great job."
Second, Trump expressly rejects King's characterization of him as an "Eastern Republican," or a "Rockefeller Republican," saying the people he does best with are "the taxi drivers and the workers."
Trump's business is real estate, and real estate can't be outsourced. His flag is planted in this country. If America goes down, his empire goes down.
Conservative pundits keep assuring clueless viewers that Trump is not a "real Republican." They seem not to grasp that most viewers are saying, That's fantastic! Thanks for reminding me. (I look forward to conservative talk-show hosts 20 years hence billing themselves as "Trump Republicans.")
Looking at what the party has become, I certainly hope he's not a "real Republican." I know he's a real American.
Editor's Note: What Ann knows, but fails to understand in genuine depth, is that the Republican Party has always been, and sadly, most likely always will be: The Party of Lincoln.
FROM David McCallister - Florida Div SCV Heritage Chairman
There are now three initiatives pending in the Florida Legislature that would affect our organization, its work and its objectives.
The most draconian of the three would make it illegal to have any Confederate or Confederate Veteran flag or emblem of any type on public property in Florida. This does not exclude courthouses, courthouse squares, the Capital, cemeteries, State parks (Gamble Mansion, Natural Bridge) museums or libraries, libraries or parking lots. It does not restrict it to the "soldiers flag". It also allows anyone to sue a governmental entity, state, county or municipality in Florida if a banned item appears on their property (owned or leased). This does not exclude re-enactments or Festivals like the Battle of Olustee or Rifles, Rails & History in Tavares.
Remember that if they can do this to the Confederate veterans, then no memorial to any veteran of any war is safe anywhere in the state. It is also an unfunded mandate from Tallahassee to itself, and imposed by them on all other governmental entities of the state, which will cost us Floridian taxpayers millions.
This is Senate Bill (SB) 154 and House Bill (HB) 243. I have been told that a friend of ours in the House has prevented it from leaving committee, so pray for his strength in this matter.
The second, would remove Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith as Florida's representative in Statuary Hall in Washington DC. This bill is being heard Wednesday of this week, and it is moving along in both the House and Senate, and doesn't seem to have any opposition for either side of the aisle. But who is really asking for this bill? No one except those who wish to jump on a politically correct bandwagon they think is taking advantage of a crisis and without any consequences. In fact, it was sponsored in the House by a 'history' teacher from Pasco County who obviously doesn't know what a role model Smith was.
This is HB 141 and SB 310 .
The final bill, would change the Florida State Senate Seal, removing a Confederate Flag, from the 5 historical flag display. It seems that leadership is all for this one, asserting that the CSA was not a sovereign nation. Of course, we know this is false. (SB 1026).
The session started early this year and these last two bills are making progress. Action is on the calendar for several of them on Wednesday THIS WEEK.
I encourage you to be polite but firm in asking them to oppose all of these initiatives, as they are discriminatory against Florida Veterans and offensive to you as a Floridian.
If you have family/friends that would be willing to call or email, please feel free to pass the content of this message along.
FILL UP THEIR VOICEMAIL AND EMAIL!
Tell them you're offended that they want to erase Southern history!
BE POLITE BUT FIRM in asking them to oppose all of these bills.
JACKSON, Miss. - About 200 people who want to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag are rallying outside the state Capitol.
Some say removing the symbol would be akin to communists rewriting history.
Chuck McMichael of Shreveport, Louisiana, is a past national commander in chief for Sons of Confederate Veterans. He said Tuesday that those seeking to change the flag are pushing a "leftist, progressive agenda."
FROM CBS NEWS WEBSITE:
Hillary Clinton was the only candidate Monday to discuss at length the Confederate flag that was removed from the capitol grounds last summer. She says South Carolina had to choose between honoring King's legacy or the Confederacy and made the right choice.
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