Yesterday was a great day for those of us interested in the story of the kidnapping of Lilly Baumann. To learn that she’s safe and sound as well as found was, simply put, great news. We’re happy to see that she’s been reunited with her father. People who were interested in the case celebrated the report.
All except the Virginia Flaggers.
Now, the Virginia Flaggers had no problem posting pictures of Lilly Baumann. They had no problem slapping a sticker on her declaring that she supported their flag raising initiative.
Susan Hathaway had no problem holding her in her arms as she held up a flag .***
It’s always good to make your organization look child-friendly.
However, we learned on Sunday’s show that exactly one Virginia Flagger spoke with Lilly’s grandmother, and that Flagger then declined to give any information, claiming they knew nothing about Lilly or her whereabouts. Nor did the Flaggers take an interest in her safety or in finding her. Their shrill mouthpiece dismissed the whole matter as a domestic dispute that wasn’t worth our time and displayed no concern for the child’s welfare. Although she claims that she’s interested in men’s rights, she had nothing to say about the rights of a father. Yet that babble was an improvement on the silence of Susan Hathaway. Then again, Susan’s often silent when it comes to trouble for the Flaggers.
So the news came out yesterday that Lilly was safe. Did the Flaggers announce that they were happy or relieved?
What about their screecher from Pensacola? You know, the one who entitled one of her books A Family at Last? What did she say?
Oh, she offered some misguided rant about a post that appeared here some time ago, and even then she fumbled what that post argued (it argued that the protests against Confederate culture had crested; exhibiting what passes for her intellect, she declared that I had argued that the protests on behalf of Confederate heritage were subsiding). But any expression of happiness or relief? No. Absolutely none.
If nothing else, you would have thought that the Flaggers would have welcomed the nationwide publicity they received on John Walsh’s show. Maybe Susan’s upset that they blurred her face.
Instead, the Flaggers went to Danville on Sunday. Judy Smith’s ever-present camera caught countless headshots of Susan and her friends, as well as lots of pictures of children with flags … just as Flagger photographers had once taken pictures of Lilly Baumann.
But it’s hard to believe that they really care about those children. If they did, they’d be happy about the news of Lilly’s rescue, and they would not hesitate to share that joy for all to see.
We saw nothing of the sort. So when you look at those pictures, understand that those kids are just models, symbols, scenery. I bet they didn’t even sign one of Judy’s releases. The Flaggers just don’t give a damn, and they didn’t give a damn about Lilly Baumann, lost or found.
The Virginia Flaggers claim that they are all about preserving Confederate heritage. One would assume that they want to preserve that heritage for future generations. We’ve seen how they’ve used children in the past (look here for what outside observers thought about that display). I can’t say I’m surprised that they simply remained silent when Lilly Baumann went missing, and that they stayed silent when she was found. Once more, that silence speaks volumes about who they are and what’s really important to them.
We’re glad that Lilly’s been reunited with her father. We’re glad this episode is over. We wish the very best for Lilly.