According to a report from News4Jax, a state representative has indicated that she will push for the relocation of a monument commemorating Confederate soldiers that is currently at the Florida State Capitol.
This monument was dedicated in 1882. In 1923, it was then moved to what is now the Old State Capitol.
The words inscribed into the stone monument are in memory of men who fought for Florida during the Civil War.
David McCallister, a representative of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, said “Floridians served all across the theaters of war.”
McCallister has connections to soldiers who fought on both sides of the Civil War.
He added, “These monuments represent the men who served their state and defended their families.”
However, the social justice advocate Lakey Love views the monument differently.
She says that the monument represents “Inequity and violence against black and brown people in this country.”
Democratic State Representative Geraldine Thompson said that she has plans to work with the Governor’s office and possibly introduce legislation to move the statue. She indicated that she would move the statue inside of the Old Capitol, which has been turned into a museum, or to a Confederate cemetery.
Naturally, McCallister criticized the desire to relocate the monument.
“It’s hateful. It’s representative of a far radical left wing agenda,” McCallister claimed.
McCallister may have a point.
Although not as radical of a proposal as monument removal efforts in South Carolina, Virginia, and Oregon, such efforts to move statues because of cultural sensitivity are a part of the political correctness wars.
This proposal would just be the first step. It would then likely be followed up by a full-blown effort to remove the Florida monument.
The Left is playing the long game in these battles and will continue to press on until they achieve their ultimate goal—the destruction of traditional American culture.
These are fights that cannot be ignored.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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