Trouble in Old Virginny

I spent the weekend in Virginia, where I spoke on Saturday at an NPS-sponsored event. I’ll say more about that later, but for now let me report that it was an extremely pleasant event. Little did I know that down the road a few score miles things were a little more interesting in the former capital of the Confederacy.

First, it seems that the governor of Virginia has decided to ignore Virginia Flagger Susan Hathaway in declining to issue a proclamation declaring April Confederate Heritage Month (it could also be called Confederate Surrender Month, but I digress). What a shame. Do you think the Flaggers will flag the governor’s office? Surely they would if they really wanted to restore the honor. Besides, they need the publicity.

Second, it looks as if the Virginia Flaggers were busy recently dealing with a counter protester. Apparently the Flaggers think that they alone should be able to express their opinions (here’s a sample); apparently they also like to do things that promise to get them into trouble with the authorities. We await word that yet another legal defense fund has been established to help out another Flagger in need (anyone heard anything about those lawsuits the mighty Norwood “Tripp” Lewis threatened to file?). The Flaggers don’t need that sort of publicity, although they will now get it. Where’s Rob Walker when you need him, Susan?

We should expect some squawking from Pensacola any moment now, because someone has a new computer. Apparently she’s quite happy, even if she forgot a few things.


13 thoughts on “Trouble in Old Virginny

  1. Spelunker April 9, 2014 / 4:48 am

    Flaggers are on a rollllllll….. I’ve decided I’m going to take a trip down to Richmond to counter-flag the flaggers soon, just for grins.

  2. Thelibertylamp April 9, 2014 / 6:39 am

    OMG Did Jerry forget his meds again? His crazy ass mental tirades remind me of the neo-Nazi Cliff Herrington who also behaves the same way.

    • Brooks D. Simpson April 9, 2014 / 7:25 am

      He’s just another example of a Virginia Flagger, a group known for its tolerance of others.

  3. Schroeder April 9, 2014 / 7:35 am

    There needs to be some serious involuntary psychiatric intervention for these humans. They are an awfully angry bunch. I’d recommend some type of mood stabilizer combined with an antidepressant.

  4. Spelunker April 9, 2014 / 8:59 am

    Looks like it’s shaping up to be another great year flor Flagger follies.

  5. jfepperson April 9, 2014 / 11:31 am

    “Flagger follies”—I love it!

  6. Matt McKeon April 9, 2014 / 1:48 pm

    Why do you keep poking a stick at these people?

    • Brooks D. Simpson April 9, 2014 / 2:08 pm

      Why does it matter to you?

      So long as these people represent themselves as the spearhead of Confederate heritage, they are fair game. Here these folks go after a counterprotester, and you whine about my taking note of it as poking a stick at them? Really? The fact is that several people contacted me about this. So chill. Otherwise, you don’t have to read the blog.

      I don’t ask why people argue the same thing over and over again at Civil War Talk, do I? Nor do I ask why people who claim they don’t want to talk about something then find themselves talking about it anyway. Remember that the next time you have a thread on black Confederates. 🙂

  7. Matt McKeon April 9, 2014 / 7:10 pm

    What I mean is, they don’t seem very significant. They’re like a couple of dozen, if that many, a splinter of a fringe. A couple come across as, well, sinister, but the rest seem hapless. It’s shooting fish in a barrel. Or are they more noteworthy than they appear?

    If you want to ask why posters keep recycling the same topics at Civil War Talk, go ahead.

    The Black Confederate thing seems more like a genuine threat to historical memory. Which is why I like to give it a god damn good kicking when it rears its head.

    • Brooks D. Simpson April 9, 2014 / 7:42 pm

      Let’s put it this way: the Flaggers sought and received a lot of publicity last year for their flag stunt … including when it backfired with the liddle flag in the woods. That said, I prize them because of their comic value. But I’ve had enough feedback from various sources, including media outlets, to suggest that my efforts have not been in vain. I just don’t discuss them here.

      So are they noteworthy? Yes. Are they significant? Depends. Have various revelations about their associations and activities damaged them? Yup. Indeed, that’s contributed to your sense of their insignificance … because, once discredited, they receive less attention and are taken less seriously elsewhere. That would not necessarily be the case otherwise. You would not think of them as a joke had they not been treated as they have been, because they wouldn’t have stumbled over themselves so many times in attempting to respond to the revelations. Just ask Tripp Lewis, who’s found himself in trouble with the SCV (which had rushed to admit him) when he found that his confrontations were counterproductive.

      Besides, they really are funny … the best reality show around. They are the Kardashians of the heritage movement.

      • Goad Gatsby April 9, 2014 / 8:57 pm

        I co-sign this. This is the best reality show out there. I get to watch them, listen to my favorite music, and drink some sodas.

        • Spelunker April 10, 2014 / 2:12 pm

          More like reality trainwreck.

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