Monday, September 1, 2014

My Letter to Governor Jerry Brown Re: California Bill to Ban the Confederate Flag

Today I finally had enough, and wrote to Governor Brown.  That correspondence is below.

September 1, 2014

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

Re:  Proposed Ban on Confederate Flag in California

Dear Governor Brown:

I understand that a bill to ban the Confederate flag in California has been passed by the state legislature.  It now sits on your desk awaiting signature.  I am asking you not to sign it.  It is a blatant violation of the First Amendment, and if passed, we will litigate the matter in federal court.  You will lose.

The Confederate flag is a sacred heritage symbol to millions of Americans, both white and black, particularly those who are descendants of Confederate soldiers, sailors and marines.  We do not display it to offend anyone, or to express hatred of anyone, but as a symbol of who we are and where we came from.  It is a tribe symbol, representing our families, our ancestors, our people, their culture and their history.  If some are offended by the sight of the Confederate flag, you can be sure that we are equally offended by their uninformed and unfounded hostility.  They pretend to know what’s in our hearts, and they haven’t the slightest idea.  Their efforts to ban the flag both insult us and slander us.

Those who seek to ban the flag do so out of ignorance, and seek to make their ignorance the law of the land.  They seek to politicize American history, making any alternative views of that history illegal, shameful and suppressed.  Such efforts are totalitarian and oppressive, no matter how “honorable” they pretend to be.  

For the sake of freedom of expression, inquiry and association, please do not sign that bill.

Sincerely yours,
Stogie [full name redacted]
Life Member, Sons of Confederate Veterans

Cc:  Isadore Hall III, D-Compton
2200 W. Artesia Blvd. Suite 210
Compton, CA 90220


  1. We need to stop talking about remembering the Confederate States of America and start talking about bringing it back. The United States of America is over with and done. It's a sinking ship and it's time we to quote the movie Fight Club, stop "polishing brass on the Titanic" and jump on a lifeboat. It's that or we get dragged down with the North into oblivion when the Yankee, in his mad quest for a "New World Order" (my apology for the Alex Jones phraseology, but that is more or less what the Yankees want. A global hierarchy with them on top and everyone else on the bottom, including the South) finally pick a fight with someone bites back and they lay waste to them, as well as a us or worse yet, succeed.

    Think of all the people of Germany who had nothing to do Hitler's crimes, and yet still paid dearly for them when the Allied armies (the Russians in particular) laid waste to their homeland and carved what remained up for themselves because they failed. That will be the South's fate if we continue to foolishly pledge our fealty to this so-called "Union"

  2. Sorry, you might take this the last paragraph out of context. When I said that the all of Germany suffered because they "failed", I meant they failed to stop Hitler before he took them on his apocalyptic charge for world conquest. Not that they failed to stop the Allies. Just had clear that. Stepping off my soapbox now...

  3. No doubt one of the reasons for the continuing slander against the Confederacy is exactly that: the statists fear we will bring it back. I am so fed up right now, I would opt for secession in a minute than to continue with this sinking ship.

  4. i think your original quote was okay. Germany failed to win the war, and paid the price for it. Their war was one of aggression, but the Confederacy's war was one of defense -- resisting the Northern invasion.

  5. The flag in question is just a battle jack based on the St Andrews cross. While it is used by racist ,on tacky redneck movies and crass consumerism it is hardly reason to ban it given the treat to first amendment. Further more it is too hard for police to enforce such a trivial law with out complaint. No one ever told me to take down the old ensign though it won't work in a tacky redneck movie.