Northam Administration Targets American Flag

by Kerry Dougherty

It’s official.

Virginia is run by virtue-signaling morons.

Their purpose is clear: They want to kowtow to the lawless elements in society.

From paroling murderers to applauding massive protests during lockdowns, the Northam administration has shown little interest in law and order and less in protecting public property.

On Friday these government knob turners ordered an American flag removed from a state construction site for fear that rioters would be triggered by the sight of the stars and stripes.

Seems Northam’s factotums caught sight of a large American flag flying from the crane on a building project near the Capitol and panicked. These Democrats knew one thing: That flag had to go.

Screw Independence Day. Who wants to upset the local criminals?

Here’s how The Hill reported on Richmond’s ship of fools:

“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 Virginia 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.”

The decision to take down the flag upset a subcontractor, whose fireproofing company utilized tarps to create a giant flag — nearly the size of a one-story building — as a portion of a $300 million construction project.

“Since when is this flag, on this weekend, IN THIS COUNTRY, a Target!!” wrote Eric Winston of American Coatings Corp. in a Facebook post. “Let me guess, if I had a black lives matter flag it would be ‘ok’!?”

Winston added that the flag was put up with the permission of the project’s general contractor, Gilbane Building Company. Gilbane complied with the order, and the flag was removed.

Winston disputed the request, writing that “the American Flag is a symbol of Freedom.”

Memo to Ms. Potter: If anarchists are setting flags and buses ablaze how about cracking down the THEM instead of patriots? What’s next? Will you also ban Richmond buses, so they don’t entice the people with Molotov cocktails?

Oh, one other thing. Those weren’t mere “demonstrations” in Richmond that ended in property being torched. Those were riots. Words matter.

If Ralph Northam were smart and weren’t on a permanent atonement tour for his blackface/KKK antics, he would have apologized and ordered the oversized American flag restored.

Better yet, Northam would have stood in front of Old Glory on Independence Day and dared the hooligans who have been terrorizing Richmond for the past month to touch it.

This column is republished with permission from www.kerrydougherty.com.

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10 responses to “Northam Administration Targets American Flag

  1. A flag has been flying on that crane since at least January. I took a photo of it during the gun rights rally on 01/20/2020.

  2. Kerry needs to get a life and perhaps find something worthwhile to occupy her time.

    • She has a life and is living it well. At least we have someone who speaks out about the lily livered crap going on in VA.

      If you can do better, have at it, Tom.

  3. How about making a flag that displays Northam’s blackface photo that includes his KKK -garbed friend?

  4. And this has nothing to do with universities telling future teachers to teach children to be global citizens instead of Americans open to learning about other people and cultures. Right. All part of the same mind-set.

    The Atlantic Eric Lu August 14, 2012
    “There’s plenty to be said for international cooperation. But if you really want to change the world, first be a good American. ”
    https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/08/why-theres-no-such-thing-as-global-citizenship/261128/

  5. I wonder what role Dena Potter played in this decision. From what I read, she seemed to be extemporaneously defending the decision. If so, I would have said she was more sensible than that. She got fired by AP some years ago along with Bob Lewis for mistakenly reporting that McAuliffe lied to a federal investigator, which report was withdrawn within 90 minutes of posting. As I recall, at the time she garnered pretty widespread support from both sides of the aisle. My experiences with her were positive. I thought she was thorough and fair.

  6. Given all the craziness happening recently – and continuing from what I can tell – in Richmond, I can understand interpreting the huge flag as a target risk right now. It’s not a decision I’d make normally, but these are not normal times and reading the reports about all the folks with opposite positions and wielding guns and such hanging out near the construction site and other places every day, I can accept the decision to ask for it to be taken down. Trust it will be kept and used at another point when tempers are cooler.

    • Isn’t the point of the First Amendment that we accept speech (the flag is speech) even though we don’t think it should be said, even when it might sorta kinda maybe be construed as dangerous, as opposed to presenting a clear and present danger?

      • When responsible for public safety, or even our own safety, knowing that something might become a target, it seems reasonable to take steps to attempt to tone down things that might incite further damage/risk/hurt. Free speech doesn’t mean we say what we want whenever we want.

        I’m not even saying I would make the decision they did, but I can understand someone feeling responsibility for safety and thus being extremely cautious in the current environment in Richmond. Bottom line, someone’s going to criticize no matter what decision is made. Right now it seems everyone’s looking for ways to criticize, especially if there’s a way to drag political influence in.

        Is this really how we want to live?

    • The very definition of appeasement.

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