Change the word "Vietnamese" with the word "Confederate" and our lead story becomes an all too familiar one:
ITS NOT JUST THE CONFEDERATE FLAG
Some draped bright Vietnamese flags over their shoulders while others joined hands and held back tears Tuesday as San Jose, California became the first Bay Area city and the second California city to ban the Vietnamese flag.
Councilman Tam Nguyen, who left Vietnam to come to the United States illegally when he was 19 had proposed the idea. He got emotional when the unanimous vote was cast.
The highly charged debate Tuesday pitted two factions of the city's Vietnamese community against each other.
San Jose ceremonially raises cultural flags on its city-owned flagpoles at City Hall throughout the year. Though no requests were made to fly the Vietnamese flag, city leaders aimed to curb the possibility. Nguyen said the Vietnamese flag symbolizes oppression and bloodshed. Some compared it to raising the Nazi flag while others decried the council's decision as a free speech violation.
Councilman Chappie Jones likened it to raising the Confederate flag, which he said "represents lynching and pain." But a small group of Vietnamese residents said banning the flag sends the wrong message.
San Jose resident Long Le said, "Will you ban the flag of Mexico next? Cuba? We do not support the communist but we support keeping San Jose free."
Nguyen said he got the idea to oppose the flag in San Jose from a similar measure in Westminster, a city of 90,000 in Orange County. Last year, city officials there adopted a policy to oppose displaying the Vietnamese flag anywhere in the city, though San Jose's proposal is limited to city property.
Westminster Councilwoman Kimberly Ho, who supported San Jose's measure on Tuesday, said the Vietnamese flag brings back "a lot of hurtful memories."
"It's just like the Nazi flag," Ho said. "Would you fly the Nazi flag? Why would you not oppose it? It might be (Vietnam's) flag, but once you step foot on our turf - this is our home now. And they need to respect our flag."
MEANWHILE ITS BEEN A BUSY MONTH IN MISSISSIPPI
Just since the new year politicians in Mississippi have filed 22 bills offering to change, keep or let voters decide on the current state flag.
Twelve bills, all drafted by black Democrats, propose a new state flag.
Seven bills would support the current state flag and impose statutory punishments for governmental entities refusing to fly it.
Two - Rep. John Hines, D-Greenville, and Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson - filed bills that would leave the issues to Mississippi voters on a statewide ballot (one in November 2017 and the other in November 2018).
And for the second straight year, House Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Greg Snowden, R-Meridian, proposed adopting a second official state flag that does not contain the controversial Confederate emblem. Under his bill, governmental entities could decide which flag to fly.
All flag bills this session will move to Senate and House Rules committees, where they face next week's Tuesday deadline to be voted to the chamber floors. Sen. Terry Burton, R-Newton and Senate Rules chairman, said Tuesday that the bills are "under consideration and we'll figure it out before next week." House Rules Chairman Rep. Jason White, R-West, was not available for comment.
Last session, 19 flag-related bills died before making it to either the House or Senate floors for a vote.
Since 2000, five flag-related initiatives failed to garner enough signatures to make a statewide ballot. Initiative 55, which expired Oct. 15, 2016, would have stripped the Confederate emblem from the state flag. Initiative 58, which expired Nov. 5, 2016, would have cemented the adoption of the current state flag in the Mississippi Constitution.
"My position on the flag has not changed," Gunn told Mississippi Today earlier this month. "I still believe the flag needs to be changed. I think we can find something that represents all of Mississippi, so we're going to continue those discussions to see what we can come up with."
Some Mississippi politicians have suggested the state's bicentennial year - and two years out from the next election year - might be a good time to consider a potential change.
Gov. Phil Bryant, an ardent supporter of the current state flag, often points to the 2001 vote when discussing the merits of changing the flag.
The Mississippi Economic Council, the state's chamber of commerce, led the 2001 charge to change the flag. Late last year, the council unveiled a bicentennial banner to honor the state's upcoming 200th birthday. Many, including council president Blake Wilson, say the banner could spark a new conversation about the state flag.
HB 1299 by Rep. Larry Byrd, R-Petal - Require every public school district to fly state flag and lead students in Pledge of Allegiance, require public universities to fly state flag; violation would result in withheld Mississippi Adequate Education Program/state funding
SB 2592 by Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville - All "public buildings" flying U.S. flag must fly state flag, and agency or department heads in violation would be stripped of salary by state or municipality. The bill allows for any citizen to take leaders of these governmental entities to court if law is violated.
Not mentioned above, a similar bill advancing in the Mississippi House of Representatives would require all K-12 schools to fly the state flag or lose their state accreditation.
House Bill 280, passed 13-8 Wednesday in the House Education Committee. It is a broader mandate that schools must follow the State Constitution and all State laws.
Not specifically written into the legislation is the fact that one of Mississippi's laws is a now flagrantly disobeyed requirement that schools fly the State Flag. As we know, many schools and all of the States public colleges have removed the Flag because it includes the Confederate battle emblem in its upper left-hand corner.
One example of a district that doesn't display the Flag is the City of Jackson, Mississippi's second-largest school system.
HB 280 sponsor Mark Formby, R-Picayune, says the bill includes the Flag, but said that's not what motivated it. He said most complaints he gets concern schools disobeying other laws, such as those governing hiring and purchasing. His measure would allow any person to file a complaint with the state Department of Education and require the department to investigate. If the department found a violation, a district would have 30 days to correct it. If not, the Board of Education would be required to withdraw accreditation. Any district losing accreditation could have sports and extracurricular activities limited.
"This says a person could call them on the carpet if you don't enforce the laws," Formby said.
Rep. Jarvis Dortch, D-Raymond, objected to the possibility of complaints over the Flag. Still the measure has passed out of its originating committee.
So now the bill moves to the House Constitution Committee, where it must pass again before reaching the House floor. Requiring two committees to pass a bill is often a sign of disfavor from legislative leadership, and House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, has said he favors changing the state flag. No parallel measure is pending in the Senate.
We encourage all of our readers in Mississippi to call their State Representatives and Mr. Gunn to lobby on behalf of HB 280.
Georgia Representative Shot at Convenience Store
A spokesman for House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, says 69-year-old State Representative Gerald Greene was shot Thursday but is in stable condition after being wounded in the leg. Greene was returning home from the Capitol when he stopped for gas during the robbery at a convenience store in Columbus.
Governor Nathan Deal, in a statement, wished Green a speedy recovery.
The circumstances surrounding the robbery are unclear. Columbus police and the Muscogee County sheriff's office both said they were unaware of the incident.
Greene, who had attended Thursday's session of the General Assembly, has been in the House for 34 years and is Chairman of the State Properties Committee.
HISTORY TEACHER FORCED TO RETIRE
Sutter Middle School history teacher Woody Hart is "retiring" following a district investigation for hanging a Confederate flag with a Union flag in his classroom during a discussion on the "Civil War."
The Folsom Cordova Unified School District (California) posted a statement to its Facebook page Wednesday acknowledging the flag "was found across the room from a Civil War Union flag, potentially in preparation of a history activity" but removed the flag because "regardless of context, to many of our students, families and staff, the Confederate flag is a racist symbol of hate."
The statement went on to say, "Any employee who is found to engage in behavior that creates an unsafe environment for students will face full consequences, including the possibility of initiating termination proceedings."
CONFEDERATE BONDS FOUND IN TIME CAPSULE
This week the Scottish Rite Order in Kansas City, Missouri opened a 114-year-old time capsule.
Among other artifacts from 1903, the capsule contained $500 worth of Confederate defense bonds.
The capsule was inside a cornerstone that was found in rubble after Evangelistic Center Church burned down Nov. 13. The Scottish Rite built the edifice at 1024 Truman Road. Before the temple opened in 1904, several builders placed artifacts in the time capsule.
Other items found included yellowing copies of The Kansas City Journal and The Kansas City Star dated July 19, 1903, several Scottish Rite publications and other works written by members of the organization.
Jackson County Executive Frank White and Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp attended the ceremony. In a lighthearted moment, someone slipped into the artifacts a card that featured White, who played for the Royals from 1973 to 1990, announcing his candidacy for county executive.
The Confederate flag was stolen from the flagpole at the Confederate section of Greenwood Cemetery in the last several days.
The flag has flown there for generations.
The City of Barnesville, Georgia and the Sons of Confederate Veterans are working to replace the flag and rope which was also stolen.
NEW YORK LIBERALS ALWAYS WHINING
Democratic Westchester County Legislators expressed disappointment that Confederate flags were sold on the floor of the County Center during the gun show that took place over the weekend.
Photographs of the offending items were shown Saturday to members of the Democratic Caucus.
The Firearm and Knife show was controversial in that Democratic legislators and many Westchester residents wanted the county to ban gun shows on county-owned property.
A bill banning gun shows was passed but was vetoed by County Executive Robert Astorino.
Legislator Ken Jenkins, D-Yonkers, who wrote the law that would have barred gun shows from county property, said that symbols of hate have no place in the county much less for sale on county property.
Astorino's office did not respond to a request for a comment.
EVEN FURTHER NORTH
Canadian buys up Confederate flags after shop owner refuses to remove window display.
Heather Campbell isn't sure what she's going to do yet with the shopping bag full of Confederate flags sitting in her basement. "They might just sit there until they mold," laughed Campbell. "I have absolutely no idea what I'm going to do with them."
The Inglewood resident didn't set out Wednesday to purchase all the Confederate flags at the military memorabilia store in her neighbourhood, but that's exactly what happened.
It began earlier in the week when Campbell first spotted a Confederate flag hanging in the window of the small militaria and collectibles shop on 9th Avenue.
"It was jarring," Campbell said. "My immediate thought was, OK, why is that up? Why is somebody displaying that symbol in my neighbourhood?"
She resolved to speak to the owner demanding that it be removed from the front window.
It didn't go well, she said. They debated briefly, but Campbell said the exchange began to sour.
So she changed tactics.
"I asked him for the price of the flag in the window, and he told me it was $19.95. I said, how many more do you have?. . . I'll take all of them."
Campbell ended up cleaning out the store's entire supply. But she said she would've been willing to buy a lot more to ensure that they were taken down.
Reached at his store on Thursday, the owner of Shoulder to Shoulder Militaria & Collectibles said he's been selling military memorabilia for over 30 years and pointed out that he has a right to sell what he wants in his store. "The Confederate flag is a military flag." "It came into existence when the Confederate States formed their union and that was the flag they chose. It doesn't represent slavery, it represents the army of the Confederate States."
We have encouraged the store to restock its supply of flags in hopes that Ms. Campbell will once again support the cause. In fact, we have a whole bunch of flags that she can buy - we will gladly ship them to her!
FAKE NEWS STORY OF THE WEEK:
Bored Barron Trump Counts Confederate Flags In Inauguration Crowd To Pass Time
We are not making this one up folks.
Meanwhile, in REAL NEWS, Barron's Dad is SHOCKING the liberal media by actually keeping his campaign promises. Its been so long since a politician has made good on his promises that the media simply does not know how to react.
President Donald Trump's first few days in office have been a whirlwind of executive activity as he's taken steps to make good on the dozens of promises he made on the campaign trail.
Taken together, the executive actions, memoranda and public statements that President Trump has made strongly indicate that he's moving to deliver on many of the biggest and most revolutionary pledges of his campaign. Here's a rundown of the biggest developments from Trump's first days in office:
Affordable Care Act Rollback
One of Trump's first acts as president was to sign
an executive order aimed at rolling back Obamacare. The order directs agencies to "waive, defer, grant exemptions from or delay implementation of any provision or requirement" of Obamacare that imposes a burden "to the maximum extent permitted by law," and to offer the states as much flexibility as possible in implementing healthcare programs.
The order does not technically grant agencies any additional powers they don't have - and in fact the text underscores that it's not a fundamental change of the law - but it was a signal that the Trump Administration sees dismantling Obamacare as a top priority and is willing to move quickly to do so.
President Trump has also given multiple interviews dropping hints on what his health care reform plan could look like, but he's said he won't reveal the plan until his pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Georgia Rep. Tom Price, has been confirmed.
President Trump made the biggest splash of his first week in office on Wednesday, when he signed two executive orders codifying two of his major campaign pledges: To build a wall at the southern border and to cut federal funding to "sanctuary" cities, which don't enforce federal immigration laws on undocumented immigrants.
President Trump held up one and declared: "This is border security. We've been talking about this from the beginning. This is going to bring it over the top."
Democratic elected officials in some of the states and cities that would be affected by his executive order on sanctuary cities came out quickly pledging to ignore the order or fight it in court.
Executive Order for 'Immediate Construction of a Border Wall'
The President said in an interview with ABC News on Wednesday night that the plan was still to make Mexico pay for the border wall, although some Republicans acknowledged that it was not yet clear how that would happen.
The little reported fact is that the executive order is actually instructing the Government to begin construction of a wall that was ALREADY ordered by Congress in 2006. Senators Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and Barak Obama all voted for this wall back in 2006 - they simply never built it - Now President Trump is beginning construction.
President Trump has ordered suspension of the issuance of U.S. visas in countries where adequate screening cannot occur and suspend immigrant and non-immigrant entry for citizens of countries of particular concern for 30 days. These include Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
Federal law gives The President broad authority to suspend immigration for groups of people whose entry is deemed "detrimental to U.S. interests."
PresidentTrump has also implemented policy that reduces the maximum number of refugees by more than half, to 50,000, for the budget year ending in September. He has the authority to set the limit of how many refugees can be admitted annually. He can also suspend refugee processing, as was done by former President George W. Bush in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.
President Trump should announce his nominee for Supreme Court during the Sean Hannity Show on Thursday evening.
The Trump Administration has issued two memoranda dealing with regulations so far, taking steps to fulfill the longtime Republican Party pledge to rollback burdensome regulations on small businesses and manufacturing.
Shortly after Trump was sworn in, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus issued a
memorandum instructing all executive departments and agencies to freeze new or pending regulations. This is meant to give the incoming administration time to review any new regulations - or halt the implementation of some policies enacted by the previous administration.
Review for construction
Tuesday, President Trump issued a
memorandum instructing the Secretary of Commerce to conduct a 60-day review of federal regulations on domestic manufacturing and to offer a plan to streamline and expedite the permitting process for manufacturers.
Expediting Infrastructure Projects
In a similar vein, President Trump issued
an order Tuesday declaring the administration's intent to "streamline and expedite ... environmental reviews and approvals for all infrastructure projects," particularly those deemed as "high priority" for the country - like updating the nation's electric grid or critical bridges and highways.
On Monday, President Trump's third full day in office, he signed an
executive orderreinstating the "Mexico City Policy," first implemented under Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1984. It bars taxpayer dollars from being used to fund non-governmental organizations "providing counseling or referrals for abortion or advocating for access to abortion services in their country."
During a meeting with Congressional leadership Monday night, President Trump cited a report that as many as 3 to 5 million votes were cast illegally. After repeated questions from the media, he on Wednesday ordered the government to begin a full-scale investigation.
Withdrawing From TPP
President Trump made good on one of his major campaign promises Monday when he signed an order withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement negotiations. It directs the U.S. Trade Representative to instead "begin pursuing, wherever possible, bilateral trade negotiations to promote American industry, protect American workers, and raise American wages."
He also announced Sunday that he would begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, another major campaign promise on trade, but his press secretary confirmed this week that those negotiations have yet to begin.
Federal Hiring Freeze
On Monday, President Trump signed
a memorandum telling agencies they can't fill vacant positions or create any new ones - excepting military personnel and critical public safety positions - and directing the Office of Management and Budget to formulate a plan to "reduce the size of the Federal Government's workforce through attrition."
On Tuesday, President Trump signed orders clearing roadblocks for two controversial oil pipelines: The Dakota Access pipeline, which would carry oil from North Dakota, through South Dakota and Iowa to be shipped out of Illinois, and the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring oil from Canada to Nebraska.
The Dakota Access pipeline was largely finished except for a section under North Dakota's Lake Oahe, near a Sioux Tribe that has disputed construction. After months of clashes with protesters - that occasionally turned violent - opponents of the pipeline claimed victory in December when the Army Corps of Engineers agreed to consider alternative routes and begin an environmental impact study, a process that could take months. The President's
move doesn't order construction of the pipeline, but does require expedited consideration of permit requests.
On Keystone, he
invited TransCanada, the company building the pipeline, to resubmit its application - after President Obama rejected the pipeline in 2015 - and again ordered an expedited review of the project.
President Trump also
ordered the Secretary of Commerce to come up with a plan to ensure that all new pipelines built or repaired in the U.S. use equipment and materials produced in the U.S.
Needless to say, just in case it isn't obvious, we here at Dixie Heritage love President Trump!
That said, I saw a video this week, it was posted by a comedy show in Holland. My wife and I have visited The Netherlands. And being of Dutch decent, well, I have to admit that I was searching for Dutch reaction to the President's inauguration.
I am not certain if this video is supposed to be insulting or good-humored. Probably insulting. In either event, it was funny and so we are sharing it.
Notice how liberals can not help but be honest, even in their satire.
The truth is, the movement that propelled Donald Trump to the White House, you know, patriotism, national pride, wanting to see the country restored, concern for slackening borders and overreaching socialism, etc. Well that movement is 10 years ahead of us over in The Netherlands and it has the liberals of Europe in a tailspin. So this video is likely the liberal Dutch media in a gasp for air.
The truth is, Holland is just as enthusiastic about the election of Donald Trump as America is and that has the liberals at the EU scared. I really believe that The Netherlands will be the next country to exit the EU. Lets pray for that!
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We are going to dedicate this section to our many readers in the once-great State of South Carolina.
Less than a decade ago, I believed South Carolina to be the greatest State in the nation. That if course was BEFORE Nikki Haley.
Haley was sadly confirmed in a 96-4 vote as
President Trump's nominee to represent the United States at the United Nations on Tuesday.
The only "no" votes came from Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Tom Udall, D-N.M.
This may be the ONLY issue on which we will report that Bernie Sanders was RIGHT and Donald Trump was WRONG.
She has only been in Washington for a few days and Haley has already declared Russian President Vladimir Putin to be guilty of "War Crimes."
Haley has also very openly attacked many of President Trump's foreign policy views and has said that she will be opposing GOP efforts to cut funding for the United Nations in retaliation for a U.N. What a great start she is off to. Pray that this jezebel is not the ruination of our country! I'll just say it, I'd of rather seen Hillary appointed as UN Ambassador than Nikki Haley!
CHRIS CORLEY LEARNING THE HARD WAY
That when you make a deal with the Devil he ALWAYS reneges.
No doubt he was offered a deal that resulted in his resigning his seat in the South Carolina Legislature on Tuesday.
Now that he has resigned - he is discovering that there never was a "deal."
Even after agreeing to public humiliation and after resigning his seat, the 36-year-old Aiken County representative still faces up to 25 years in prison.
Representative Corley was most known for supporting the Confederate flag during the post-Charleston shooting debate and he fought harder than anyone to save the Flag flown on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse.
IN ANOTHER COURTHOUSE
A version of the Confederate Battle Flag had flown for decades inside the main courtroom of the York County Courthouse in York. It stood among five other historic flags. Pictures of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson hung behind the judge's bench.
The courtroom will re-open Sunday as part of a $10 million courthouse renovation.
But that historic courtroom will not have a Confederate flag or those pictures, York County Clerk of Court David Hamilton has decided.
Hamilton, as Clerk, has authority over county courthouse buildings. He recently said he has a deep and strong understanding of York County history, but decided those items were part of an old era in the historic courthouse. But a new era will not include the flag or pictures, Hamilton said. "It is a different time," Hamilton said. "When we looked at the historical items that included Civil War era items. This is a new era and time, and it is time to move on."
The York County Courthouse, closed since 2011 for renovations, was built in 1914.
Other historical items, including retired judges portraits, will go back in the courtroom along with the United States flag and South Carolina state flag, Hamilton said.
Hamilton's decision has earned praise from both political parties.
A READER SUBMITS THE FOLLOWING:
ABC News relayed that The Confederate Battle Flag and portraits of Generals Robert E. Lee and "Stonewall" Jackson will not be returned to their previous location after a South Carolina courtroom renovation.
York County Clerk of Court David Hamilton is quoted as saying that "everyone should feel as if they are going to be treated fairly when they enter a courtroom."That is a revealing statement - senseless - but interesting.How do you make "everyone" feel as if they are being treated fairly when you exercise the overbearing capability to erase the beloved heritage of so many people?
You are in effect saying to some folks, your birthright, what you think, feel, and rightfully honor just does not matter. Is that how Hamilton proposes to treat everyone fairly?
This clerk goes on to "brilliantly" tell The Herald; "history is very, very important but the future is more important;" further noting that portraits of Judges and South Carolina flags will be reinstated in the courtroom. "History", as defined by Hamilton is very selective, it seems. In his vision, there is freedom to select who and what will be deleted. I ask again, is that "treating everyone fairly."
A chief prosecutor and several defense attorneys applauded the removal of Confederate items. What are they afraid of?With blatant ignorance and a contrived agenda they have banned some of the greatest icons of truth, justice, freedom for all, ever to grace the "land of the free and the home of the brave."
John Wayne Dobson
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Thank you so much for your newsletter! I especially liked the Angry Man.
We watched CSPAN last evening, and the crowds were huge, as so many people were able to attend history in the making.
We hope and pray Trump is privy to evils that lie ahead, for the MSM will not stop for the next 4 Years, in order to discredit him.
I have been a follower of Governor Haley, until the political correctness took her down a sad path. Still, Trump will use her as Ambassador to the UN, which may be a very good place for her.
Hopefully, someone with some southern roots, who believes in rightful history will take her place as governor.
God bless you for all you do and promote!
Mr and Mrs Thompson
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H. K. HAS BEEN BUSY HERE IN FLORIDA
Last week he made an appearance at the re-enactment in Brooksville. He was a big hit with the school kids and the teachers:
He also joined our local fight to save the Old Joe statue in nearby Alachua County.
The Alachua County Commission voted Tuesday night to meet with the Matheson History Museum Board of Directors to discuss the conditions that would allow the county to donate to the museum the statue of the Confederate soldier known as "Old Joe."
The statue has been on the grounds of the Alachua County Administration Building in downtown Gainesville since 1904.
The commission voted on the issue after passionate public comments from almost 30 people, one of them, H. K., who had come from as far away as Ashville, North Carolina, and Tampa to have their voices heard.
H. K. Edgerton told the Commission that,
"Anything against Confederate history or Confederate monuments comes across my desk," adding that he travels across the U.S. supporting causes that promote the history and heritage of the Confederacy.
David Gold of Gainesville, an Army veteran who was an infantry soldier during the Vietnam War, told H. K., "You Confederates lost the war, and you don't get to have a statue in the middle of our small downtown."
Vickie Van Buren, past chair of the Alachua County Veterans Advisory Board who is now a high ranking official with the American Legion, said more and more war memorials such as the statue are coming under attack by people who oppose their existence.
In August 2015, the County Commission received a recommendation from the Alachua County Historical Commission to let the statue stay at its current location. The Historical Commission said factors involved in its decision included the fact that the statue honors "the war dead, not an individual;" is located near the site of the First Battle of Gainesville during the WBTS and its proximity to the Martin Luther King Jr. Statue and Memorial Gardens and the Josiah T. Walls historical marker, which are appropriate conversation starters for discussions about local history and race relations during downtown walking tours.
The Historical Commission also recommended that a plaque with historical information about slavery, black troops and Union soldiers who fought in the Battles of Gainesville be placed near the statue. Furthermore, the Historical Commission cited the cost of moving the statue versus the cost of installing a plaque.
It estimated the cost of moving the statue to be $25,000 and the cost of the plaque to be $1,800.
The County Commission on Tuesday night during the public hearing voted unanimously to make sure a historical plaque be placed near the statue and that a memorial be built recognizing the 20 or more lynchings that have occurred in Alachua County during the time since the statue was erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Even with these measures, the Commission is still seeking to eventually remove the statue.
SINCE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT BLACKS AND HERITAGE
Dixie Heritage is supporting an effort in Virginia to revive the State's historic black cemeteries.
For roughly a century, the state of Virginia has funded the maintenance and upkeep of confederate cemeteries by providing annual allotments to private entities like the Sons of Confederate Veterans, among others. But no such funding has been designated for historic Negro burial grounds where many black Confederate veterans are buried.
This may soon change with a bill making its way through the General Assembly.
For a growing group of volunteers and preservationists, the funding can't come soon enough for the State's rapidly deteriorating and neglected WBTS-era black cemeteries.
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UNIVERSITIES CAVE TO SNOWFLAKES
by Walter Williams
One wonders just how far spineless college administrators will go when it comes to caving in to the demands of campus snowflakes.
For those unfamiliar with the term "snowflakes," it is increasingly being used to characterize college students easily traumatized by criticism and politically incorrect phrases. They demand safe spaces and trigger warnings so as not to be upset by views that challenge their own. Snowflakes feel as though they must be protected against words, events and deeds that do not fully conform to their extremely limited, narrow-minded beliefs built on sheer delusion. This might explain their behavior in the wake of Donald Trump's trouncing of Hillary Clinton.
Generosity demands that we forgive these precious snowflakes and hope that they grow up. The real problem is with people assumed to be grown-ups - college professors and administrators who tolerate and give aid and comfort to our aberrant youth. Let's look at tiny samples of it.
To help avoid microaggressions, the University of North Carolina administration posted a notice urging staff and faculty members to avoid phrases such as "husband/boyfriend," which they claim is heteronormative, and "Christmas vacation," which "minimizes non-Christian spiritual rituals."
This winter, the Oregon State University administration will treat its students to a new class that promises to teach them about how blacks have historically resisted white supremacists. Professor Dwaine Plaza, one of three instructors for the course, said the idea was inspired by Trump's election, which he fears will take the country back to the 1960s.
The University of Maryland is hosting a series of postelection lectures on how a "commitment to white supremacy" gave Trump momentum and blaming "white America's spiritual depravity" for his rise to power. One of the topics will be "Make America White Again? The Racial Reasoning of American Nationalism."
At Pomona College, posters giving instructions on "how to be a (better) white ally" and stating that all white people are racist were put in the dorm rooms of new students.
Ned Staebler, Wayne State University's vice president for economic development, i.e., fundraising, declared that President Trump is a Nazi and his supporters are comfortable with bigotry. He said, "I'll say flatly that many of the 63 million Americans who voted for Trump did so because of his bigotry."
In response to a claim by Ben Carson - Trump's pick to be secretary of housing and urban development - that people have the right to display Confederate flags on private property, University of Pennsylvania professor Anthea Butler tweeted, "If only there was a 'coon of the year' award." Previously, Butler informed us that God is a "white racist" and Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri, was a "blood sacrifice."
Wake Forest University faculty and administration seek to make the university a sanctuary campus. Campus security will refuse to follow federal laws and will stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from pursuing criminals if they come onto Wake Forest property. This is nothing less than nullification of federal law. While liberals support nullification of federal immigration law, I wonder how they would respond to cities nullifying laws enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Snowflake indulgence has been fostered by the education establishment and, more recently, by federal law. One of the most popular features of Obamacare is its provision that children can remain on their parents' health care plan until they are 26 years old. That promotes prolonged adolescence, sparing the necessity for youngsters to get out on their own.
Some have criticized my lack of sympathy for snowflakes in the wake of their emotional trauma resulting from Trump's defeat of Clinton. Here's my question to you: How much sympathy would you have for those 18- to 24-year-olds who are in the military if they conducted themselves - on aircraft carriers, in nuclear submarines and in special forces - just as college snowflakes did in the wake of the Trump victory?
ALEXANDER HAMILTON ON STATE'S RIGHTS
The definition of a confederate republic seems simply to be "an assemblage of societies," or an association of two or more states into one state. The extent, modifications, and objects of the federal authority are mere matters of discretion.
So long as the separate organization of the members be not abolished; so long as it exists, by a constitutional necessity, for local purposes; though it should be in perfect subordination to the general authority of the union, it would still be, in fact and in theory, an association of states, or a confederacy.
The proposed Constitution, so far from implying an abolition of the State governments, makes them constituent parts of the national sovereignty, by allowing them a direct representation in the Senate, and leaves in their possession certain exclusive and very important portions of sovereign power.
This fully corresponds, in every rational import of the terms, with the idea of a federal government.
- from Federalist Paper #9
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