Kevin Levin Comes Unhinged as Va Flaggers Celebrate 5 Years of Success
Well folks, it appears that on the eve of the celebration of our fifth anniversary, we have, seriously, gone and done it this time. We have REALLY ticked off the anti-Confederate, leftist, pseudo-historian bloggers. I received several messages yesterday from supporters and friends letting me know that one of them, frustrated by the lack of audience on his own blog site, had submitted the contents of his most recent blog post to one of the liberal news outlets, who reprinted it word for slanderous word.
This is the same man who, a few years ago, falsely accused us of fabricating a story when Washington & Lee initially denied reports of a young man being asked to take off an SCV cap and turn an SCV t-shirt inside out before being allowed to visit LEE Chapel.
Once again, he uses the same old, tired “7 degrees of separation” theories to try and link us (and me, especially) to anyone and anything they think will FINALLY turn the public against us. It appears these neo-yankee bloggers seem to have been heavily influenced recently by a relatively new blogger who hides behind anonymity and tries to out-SPLC the SPLC with his fraudulent "links and ties" method of character assassination. Nothing new here, folks. Just another re-hash of the same old “gotcha” claims that have failed repeatedly over the past five years.
Why the obsession with the Va Flaggers and with me? Why the anger? What drives these men to spend so much of their time attacking decent, God-fearing people who have never done anything that should have the least relevance to them?
The answer is simple…
We. Are. WINNING.
Yes, winning. 14 months after Nikki Haley pulled her little politically motivated stunt in Columbia (how’s that working for ya, Nikki?) and the whole country seemed to lose its collective mind and jump on the “everything Confederate’s GOT TO GO” bandwagon, the fact is that there are now MORE Confederate flags flying than ever, MORE Confederate monuments standing, and MORE folks waking up every day and taking a stand against what has been exposed as nothing more than the left’s attempt to silence us by destroying our history and heritage. It is no coincidence that this slanderous article appears on the eve of the celebration of our FIFTH anniversary, and three years after the author’s infamous and embarrassing FAILED prediction:
"Prediction: There will be no Confederate flag on I-95 near Richmond" ... Kevin Levin Aug 18, 2013.
This, of course, turned out to be as completely inaccurate as did their NUMEROUS failed predictions over the past five years of the imminent and pending doom of the Va Flaggers.
In fact, we have experienced quite the contrary. Since the first flag was raised on I-95 a little over a month after his failed prediction, we have raised 25 MORE flags in the Commonwealth. We have several flag sites currently under construction, and if everything goes according to schedule, hope to have at least 30 roadside Memorial Flags flying in the Commonwealth before the end of the year.
Our numbers and support are growing daily, not shrinking. Our social media audience just surpassed 41K over the past 24 hours, and we get new requests to join our email list on a DAILY basis.
Requests for speaking engagements are coming in so fast that I can barely keep up with getting them scheduled. I have been blessed with the privilege of traveling across the country to share the inspirational story of the Va Flaggers, and the TRUTH about our Confederate ancestors. Along the way, I have had the honor meeting some of the finest folks in this country. For every hate filled tirade like his, we receive dozens of notes like this one, from a visit last week:
Hi Susan, I cannot express how much we all enjoyed your informative presentation. We always learn something at these meetings however your presentation was the best we have ever experienced. Your spirit and enthusiasm was absorbed by all of us. Remarkably, no one was sleeping thru your entire presentation! A first for our Camp! Take care and keep up the Amazing work that you and the Virginia Flaggers do! Sincerely, Joe W. Adjutant Turner Ashby Camp 1567
While these bloggers may find a photo of one of our folks, in a public venue, standing next to someone they find objectionable…or an inappropriate comment on a social media site, made by someone with whom we have some sort of connection… the fact of the matter is that they STILL, after 5 years have found NOTHING to prove ANY kind of claims of “hate” within our group…because it simply DOES NOT EXIST.
And the REAL issue here…what REALLY puts a bee in their bonnet... is that ordinary Americans are getting sick and tired of listening to these people continue to spread the lie that we, our ancestors, and even the flags they fought under are somehow “racist”, or that monuments erected to honor our veterans have ties to “white supremacy”, and using these lies as an excuse to attempt to completely annihilate our history and heritage. Citizens are finally starting to rise up and push back against the nonsense, and they are (naturally) rallying to the Battle Flag and its symbolism of freedom and resistance to tyranny…and to folks like us who have never put it down.
The tide is turning folks, and they cannot stand the fact that we will not sit down, shut up and “get over it”. I count it all gain when it comes to being the target of personal attacks from folks like this. We must be doing something right if we’ve got them spending so much time consumed with our every move. At the very least, it means less time spent influencing others with their social justice laced brand of “history”.
Your hit piece on Susan only encourages we Southerns. More flags will go up.
From my upcoming book on Captain Corker Captain Corker headed a group of the boys to visit the “Crater”**. This “spot presented special Interest to the survivors of the Third as they had helped to drive the enemy back from the “Mine” on the terrible day of the “Blow up,” and in the charge lost their intrepid ensign, Mayor Gregory (Petersburg, Va.) took the old battle flag of the Veterans and planted it amidst wild cheers upon the ramparts at the “Crater” and again it fluttered in the wind where more than eleven years before it had blazed defiantly in the face of the foe and was followed into “the jaws of death, into the mouth of hell” as cannon “bellowed and thundered.”
“The Augusta Chronicle, August 15, 1875”
The South was Right
John C. Hall, Jr.
Many thanks for sharing your letter with us, Mr. Hall, and to Carl Roden for his thoughtful response here:
Thank you both…and thank you all for your continued prayers and support. We are fully committed to continuing the work of advancing the flags of Dixie, defending the good name of the Confederate soldier, protecting our monuments and memorials, and raising more beautiful flags across the Commonwealth and beyond.
When it comes to these hateful personal attacks, just remember folks, they hate us... because they AIN'T us.
Guess who showed up on the Boulevard last week? When our Flaggers arrived at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) last Tuesday for an afternoon of flagging, they were quickly joined by this man. Our readers may recall that Richmond Police had reported that they were unable to locate Jonathan Romans to serve him warrants for assault and disorderly conduct, issued after several recent attacks on our Flaggers.
Our Flaggers immediately called the police and VMFA security came out to assist.
After detaining him for nearly an hour, the warrants were secured and served. Mr. Romans was not very happy and made quite a scene, yelling and attracting all kinds of attention.
He will soon have his day in court and we will follow up to make sure he is prosecuted to the full extent of the law. October will mark 5 years of our ongoing protests at the VMFA, after museum officials forced the removal of Confederate flags from the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel, on the grounds of Robert E Lee Memorial Park, established in memory of the Veterans who lived and died at the Lee Camp #1 Old Soldiers Home.
We acknowledge and respect the rights of any citizen to do the same, but will not tolerate those whose behavior violates the law or who attack our Flaggers in any way. The recent arrests and convictions are sending a clear signal to social justice warriors in Richmond that their uncivil behavior will not be tolerated, and we hope that Mr. Romans soon gets the same message.
NEW FLAGS FOR DANVILLE!
At our last flag raising in Danville, Virginia, we asked for help from the attendees to collect the funds needed to pay for the 30' x 50' flag that was raised on Hwy 29 that day. We were absolutely thrilled when the Danville community ended up giving more than twice the needed amount, so that we not only covered the cost of the world's largest Confederate Battle Flag, but we were also able to order new flags for several of the other 13 Danville flag sites.
Last week, our friends at Sky High Poles were busy changing out flags, including this beautiful new Army of Tennessee Battle Flag now flying at the very first Danville Memorial Battle Flag Site, on 58 at the main bridge into town.
Maintaining these sites is a challenge, and we could not do it without the outpouring of community help and support that we have received, especially in Danville. MANY THANKS to all of our supporters who have contributed to help raise and maintain these flags, and to the men who serve as guardians of the flags...in Danville, and across the Commonwealth!
POWHATAN LIONS CLUB LABOR DAY PARADE
On Monday, The Va Flaggers and the Army of Northern Virginia Mechanized Cavalry were invited to join the Powhatan Troop Camp #1382 SCV for the 5th annual Powhatan Lions Club Labor Day parade.
We were expecting a small crowd and brought about 7 dozen stick flags. We were out of flags within the first 5 minutes. Support was overwhelming and we were greeted with applause and thanks the entire route, which was lined by thousands.
At the conclusion of the parade we visited the courthouse lawn and paid our respects at the Confederate monument there. The men of the Powhatan Troop shared with us that they own the monument, the land it sits on, and 40 feet around the entire monument. What a thrill to know that this memorial is safe from the hands of the PC history haters!
Special thanks to the men of the Powhatan Troop, Camp #1382, SCV for the invitation and warm welcome. What a great day in Dixie!
Sadly, we regret to report that Mr. George "Tex" Wells passed away last week after a courageous battle with cancer. The last time most of us saw Tex was at the "Save Lee Park" rally in Charlottesville in April. He was ill then and very weak...and should not have been standing out in the sun, but he INSISTED on coming and standing up for Robert E Lee, against what he felt was a huge injustice.
A Vietnam Veteran, Tex was well known for his portrayal of Gen Robert E Lee, and was a tireless advocate of the general and a fierce defender of our Cause.
The South has lost a true hero, and many of us have lost a dear friend.
Thank you, Tex. The general is safe. We won't let the miscreants get their hands on him or dishonor his sacred memory. Go rest high, Sir! *Photo courtesy Judy Smith Photography
Since the rally and City Council meeting in April, the Council announced and appointed a "Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials and Public Spaces". This commission was appointed against the wishes of Vice-Mayor Bellamy and Councilman Szacos, who were visibly agitated at the idea of any delay in their plan to tear down the Robert E. Lee monument and rename LEE Park, but considering the severity of the backlash from citizens against the plan, City Council had no choice but to do "something" to satisfy the outcry of the public, and at the same time rein in and appease their rogue members, all at substantial taxpayer expense.
As one might imagine, the members that were selected by City Council to make up this commission, with one exception, have little or no knowledge of Confederate history and heritage, have a history of anti-Confederate bias, and several have made public comments supporting monument removal. Read the applications of those selected here to get an idea of how the deck has been stacked: http://www.vaflaggers.com/brca.pdf
VICE-CHAIR of the Commission, John Mason, as quoted in the Cavalier Daily:
John Mason, associate chair of the History department, said the symbolic nature of the statue and its message to the community are two of the major reasons it should be removed.
"The statue should be removed because it’s a symbol of racism, intolerance and white supremacy,” Mason said. “Robert E. Lee, as we know, commanded the Confederate armies in a war that the essential purpose of which was to preserve slavery and to preserve white supremacy."
Mason said the relationship between the statue — which has an unobstructed view on its four sides and sits in the middle of the park — and the viewer makes the viewer feel “small and insignificant.”
“That’s never going away,” Mason said. “So if we want a city that does not celebrate racism, does not celebrate the cause of the Confederacy, then we’re going to have to remove it."
During the BRC tour, Mr. Mason speculated that Paul Goodloe McIntire must have bought the statues with money his family made from slave labor. Commissioner Margaret O’Bryant quickly corrected him, noting that Mr. McIntire left Charlottesville with very little and earned his fortune in the North in Chicago and New York. Mr. Mason’s comment was subjective in nature and intended to create a narrative that fits his prejudiced agenda.
The following day, commission member Gordon Fields resigned.
CALL TO ACTION What can you do to help? 1) Attend the next Blue Ribbon Commission Public Meeting TONIGHT, Wednesday, August 24, 6:00 p.m. City Space, 110 5th St NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902 and make sure your voice, and that of our Confederate ancestors, is heard. 2) Share your thoughts with the commission here:RMSfeedback@charlottesville.org or call, 434-970-3101. The commission has been instructed to report EVERY communication to City Council. Be polite, but be firm that no monument should be removed and no context needs to be added to any existing memorials. 3) Take a moment to contact Charlottesville City Council, even if you have already done so. Send a message to ALL City Councilors. Please be advised that emails sent via this link, or firstname.lastname@example.org will also be sent to the City Manager, Assistant City Managers and Clerk of Council. Send a message to INDIVIDUALCity Councilors
Finally, we leave you with this update from Alexandria, Virginia. After months of public hearings where citizens overwhelmingly spoke AGAINST removing any of the city's Confederate history, the commission there has issued a recommendation that the Confederate monument NOT be removed. Although the content of the article leaves quite a bit to be desired as regards truth and fact, we LOVE this headline...
The South lost the war but keeps winning the battle over Confederate memorials
13 months after Nikki Haley used a completely unrelated tragedy for political gain by pressuring SC legislators into removing the Confederate flag off of the Memorial in Columbia, and inspiring and emboldening other heritage haters across the country to follow her lead, the tide has turned. Her career is finished and good people are finally standing up and pushing back, and putting an end to this nonsense.
The commission in Alexandria got part of this right...the statue WILL stay, but rest assured there will be no PC "context" added, and Jefferson Davis Highway will remain. If we continue to stand up and speak out, we will prevail...in Alexandria...and in Charlottesville... and across the South. Stay tuned for more details and calls to action for Alexandria.
In the meantime, we wish to remind these folks that the removal of and/or attempt to modify existing war memorials is a violation of Virginia State Law, and any attempt to do so will be met with costly civil litigation and criminal prosecution. In addition, we have scouted several locations in Charlottesville for Memorial Battle flag sites, and have one under construction as of this update.
We have only just begun to fight. To arms, Dixie!
Susan Hathaway Va Flaggers
To assist with our Interstate Battle Flags and ongoing Heritage Defense projects, please make checks payable to “The Virginia Flaggers” and mail to:
This is the same man who has tried unsuccessfully for several years to organize counter protests against us. For some time, he would show up alone, on his tricycle, and attempt to drive us away by blasting profanity-laced rap music at very high volume levels. Five years later, we are still out there, twice a week, and he has long since given up and gone home.
The trial started with the judge asking TriPp to describe what happened. When TriPp's testimony began, the judge stopped him and asked that all children be cleared from the courtroom due to the level of profanity the defendant had used. When the prosecutor played the video, the profanity laced shouts and rage from "Toad" could be heard echoing through the chamber, obviously effecting even those who could not see the video being played at the bench.
The defense attorney then tried to make the case that since neither the crowd nor TriPp had actually ACTED OUT when provoked, that Toad wasn't guilty. He moved to dismiss the charges based on this assumption.
The judge denied the motion and in his comments blasted the notion that somehow a crime had not been committed simply because the man being assaulted was a gentleman and kept his cool and did not react in any way. He went on to say that one cannot direct that kind of language, in that manner, at an individual, or at a group ABOUT an individual, and not be guilty of breaking the law. He found the evidence more than sufficient to convict.
At this point, he turned to TriPp and told him, "What happens from here is up to you, Sir. Do you want this man to have a record?" To which TriPp quickly and emphatically replied "YESSIR." He was convicted of the misdemeanor and ordered to pay a fine. The judge's final words to Toad : "Clean your language up, young man"
TAKE AWAY: In this incident, TriPp did EVERYTHING right. He started recording immediately and quietly and calmly created a permanent eye witness of the event that was indisputable. When that video was played in court, the effect was immeasurable, especially as TriPp stood calmly in his new suit, looking more professional than any lawyer in the building. His ability to remain calm and collected during the assault and keep the camera rolling is what made this conviction a slam dunk, something that we train all of our folks to do. Coincidentally, there is an excellent article about this very thing on Lew Rockwelltoday! www.lewrockwell.com/2016/08/vox-day/sjw-attack-survival-guide/
Plans are underway to also file a civil suit. Stay tuned...
The second case, heard the same day in the same court, was to hear charges against this woman, for pouring the contents of her beverage on several of our Flaggers as she walked down the sidewalk in front of the VMFA.
Although she admitted to VMFA Security that the act was intentional, and there was video presented from VMFA security cameras that clearly showed her walking by and slinging the drink at our Flaggers, she changed her story when questioned in court and claimed the act was unintentional and that she only meant to pour the drink on the ground. This after her attorney argued unsuccessfully that the act in itself was not battery.
Because of this, and the fact that she never looked at our Flaggers, or said anything to them when she did it, the judge found that there was reasonable doubt as to intent and dismissed the charges.
We also plan to explore the possibility of filing a civil suit in this matter.
Overall, we are satisfied that we were able to get the conviction and that even though the other case was dismissed, the arrest and trial will serve as a deterrent not only for the woman involved in that case, but for any others who think that just because they disagree with someone or what they say, they have the right to disrespect or assault them. We will not tolerate it and will continue to prosecute any such incidents to the full extent of the law. For those who escape justice in the courtroom, we know that God will vindicate and leave the final judgement in His hands.
Finally, we still have charges pending against this man, Jonathan Romans, who has a history of spitting at our Flaggers and shouting and holding signs that say we are "KKK" members, and prior convictions of curse and abuse. Mr. Romans has four outstanding warrants currently, 3 for disorderly conduct and 1 for assault, but the Richmond Police have been unable to locate him to serve the warrants.
RICHMOND AREA RESIDENTS: Please be on the lookout for this man and call RPD immediately if you see him. (804) 646-5100
A crew from Sky High Poles raises the Commonwealth's largest Confederate Battle flag at a ceremony attended by over 700+ supporters on land leased by the Va Flaggers adjacent to US Rt. 29, just north of Danville, Va, July 23rd, 2016, Photo Courtesy Judy Smith Photography
On the day of the flag raising ceremony in Danville, there were a number of media outlets present. One of them was a documentary film maker from Richmond. Although we had no idea what kind of piece he was producing, we thought the finished product turned out very well and wanted to share it with all of you, especially those who couldn't be there that day...
If you are driving on route 29 near Danville, you can't miss the World's largest Confederate Battle flag on the side of the road.
Standing at one hundred and nineteen feet tall and 30 feet by 50 feet in dimension, there is no confederate battle flag which can rival it.
This is the 14th battle flag installed near the last confederacy capital during the Civil War.
A group called the Virginia Flaggers decided to put big flags up all around the area after City Council of Danville prohibited flying the flag on city property.
"There are folks that want us to go away. They want our history to go away. They want that flag to go away, because they know what it really means and it really means resistance to tyrany and an over reaching federal government , and we're still fighting that battle today. This is our history, our heritage, and we're not going to lie down and let these people take it away from us," said Susan Hathaway, who is the founder of the Virginia Flaggers.
Though the flag is met with some opposition from the public, today there were no protestors at the ceremony.
The group says they have already been contacted by another Danville resident who wants to put a flag up and the group says they will not stop putting up flags any time soon.
Finally, sharing these great comments from a Danville resident, posted online. These words beautifully summarize the situation in Danville...and many other localities across America...
"For MOST it is about heritage, honor, and respect for their ancestors. They were ok with that taking place at the graves of the veterans and historic sites, but once the few places that had flags, statues, and monuments were attacked, their only recourse was to protest. The entire city of Danville stood as the LastCapital, not just the mansion, but preservationists were content with that one small monument in 40 square miles. I'd say they had already compromised as far as humanly possible. Are their protests big? Yes, but they (and their views) have been totally disenfranchised and eliminated. Their view and opinion is instantly disregarded by most and labeled hateful and racist ( before they can even articulate it). (The actions of) one idiot in SC with one picture buried in his Facebook posts was able to (be leveraged by others as an excuse to) destroy historic statues and monuments and change the names of streets, colleges, and sports teams. The COEXIST crowd doesn't really want that, they want inclusion, but only those who think the same."
The 29 Bypass Gen. William Lewis Cabell Memorial Battle Flag as seen from the 29 Bypass . Photo Courtesy Judy Smith Photography
Great turnout and meeting last night in Mathews, Virginia, with the Lane Armistead Camp SCV Camp #1772 at the historic Mathews Courthouse! Thanks to Commander John Anderton and the men of Camp 1772 for the warm welcome and generous support!