Civil War Statues… Slaveholder Statues… the Flag

This Washington Post story needs no commentary. It speaks for itself.

RICHMOND — Construction workers erecting a new office building for Virginia lawmakers unfurled an enormous American flag on the structure this week, just in time for the Fourth of July. But hours after the flag went up, state officials ordered it removed, calling the banner a “safety risk” and potential “target” for demonstrators.

Protesters have taken to the city’s streets — including the Capitol Square corner where the 15-story future General Assembly building is rising — to decry police brutality and racial injustice since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody in late May. While largely peaceful, the marches have turned violent at times, with protesters tearing down tall metal fencing at that corner and injuring Capitol Police with bottles and other objects.

“Over the past month we’ve seen buildings and structures around Capitol Square vandalized and flags, dumpsters, a bus and other items set ablaze during demonstrations around the city,” Dena Potter, spokeswoman for the Department of General Services, said in an email Friday. “When we saw the flag, we were concerned that it could become a target so we told the contractor to remove it.”

OK, I changed my mind. Maybe this does need some commentary….

In the mind of some state functionary, the job of law enforcement authorities is not to protect our liberties, including freedom of expression, but to maintain public order by appeasing the mob.

You want more Donald Trump? This is how you get more Donald Trump.


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14 responses to “Civil War Statues… Slaveholder Statues… the Flag

  1. I can see someone thinking that but I can also see someone thinking it at first then thinking – “it also could look bad taking it down”.

    Damned if you do…………

  2. From Robert E. Lee to the Stars and Stripes…… who would have thought!?
    Oh wait, such dire warnings were offered…….

  3. American flags by law should be made of asbestos. Can’t burn ’em, and then too, there are dire consequences for wrapping oneself too tightly in it.

  4. Some folks have gone overboard, no question. It’s become like cow-tipping.

  5. Jim,

    You say, “You want more Donald Trump? This is how you get more Donald Trump.” Spot on.

    Politics can exhibit Newton’s physical laws. In this instance, for every action, there is …etc. Gawd, I hope for the sake of this country and the future survival of the Republican party, we don’t see more idiocy than ripping down Old Glory (on Independence Day, for God’s sake) to prevent protests.

  6. James Wyatt Whitehead V

    It’s only July 6th. What will come between now and Labor Day? It looks like one long hot summer in Virginia.

  7. The people, who would be inflamed to the point of voting for Trump by this act, were already lost.

    • Not sure that’s the point. It will be the cumulative effect of these various little insanities that will ultimately be the straw etc.

    • You mean there are folks out there that have been opposed to Trump that will now change their mind and vote for him?

      okay… call me a heavy skeptic…

      I have Conservative friends and progressive friends. The Trumpers will never not vote for Trump – it’s a given – no matter what, they’re gonna vote for him. Conversely, the progressives will never vote for Trump – never,never ever… they might sit home but they’re never going to put their mark next to Trump on the ballot.

      And the more Trump plays that card – the more they roll their eyes!

      • When there are Republicans from across the spectrum, not just never-Trumpers, talking about write-in voting, or even the extreme of voting for Biden, he’s toast.

        • ……. which is why there is all this blather about “leftists”, “virtue-signaling”, “social justice warriors”, etc, etc… barf…..

  8. I really don’t understand the actions of the Dept. of General Services. I hope that whoever ordered the flag taken down did not check with higher-ups. If higher-ups were involved, then their understanding of politics and public perception is questionable.

    • At which point the only valid question is did the authorization stop at a civil servent or a political appointee.

      What did the director know, and when did he know it? Was it in the PDB? Did someone read it aloud to him?

      Oh, wait. I seem to be mixing metasomethings.

  9. Maybe a statute of Wm. Ellison should be erected. He was born a slave; became free; was an extremely successful blacksmith and maker of cotton gins; and eventually became the wealthiest black man in South Carolina, owning more than 1000 acres and 40 slaves. The perfect contradiction in terms.

    Is he discussed in history classes?

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