Thursday, April 15, 2021
While the Left Continues Their Assault on America's History and Heritage, Another Battle Flag Quietly Rises in Virginia
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Photo: Monument Avenue a few days ago. The beauty of the trees and fog hides most of the hate shown in the Capital of the Confederacy over the past few months. The general rides high above the filth!
A mixed bag out of Richmond today:
Bad news: A Richmond Circuit court judge dismissed the case filed by Monument Avenue residents to stop Governor Northam from tearing down the magnificent Robert E Lee memorial on Monument Avenue.
GOOD NEWS: The same judge ordered that the injunction preventing Northam from touching the monuments stays in place until the appeal, which won’t be heard until NEXT YEAR!!
LEE STAYS UP!
God bless all those who had the courage to bring this lawsuit and the attorneys who bravely represented them in court.
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Most of you are well aware that Ben
"Cooter" Jones is a descendant of Confederate Veterans, and a fierce
defender of our history and heritage, something very rare among
celebrities today. You might not know that he and Ms. Alma are also
dear friends and steadfast supporters of the Virginia Flaggers.
When we heard yesterday that he was having trouble with his stores' website, we contacted him immediately to offer our assistance, and true to form, by the end of the conversation, he wound up boosting my spirits and encouraging me, instead of the other way around. :)
Please take a look at the video message from Ben below, followed by his latest correspondence. By the end of the weekend, all Confederate flag merchandise will be removed from his website. PLEASE KNOW that this is TEMPORARY while his folks work to move to a new platform.
In the meantime, we are asking our supporters to go to the site and order something BEFORE THE END OF THE WEEKEND to show Ben how much we appreciate EVERYTHING he does for our Cause, AND to help pay for the transition to the new site, which will be costly.
PLEASE take a moment to visit the website here... https://cootersplace.com/pages/shop-cooters
or give them a call and place your order over the phone...
Message from Ben Jones AKA "Cooter"
My daddy used to tell me, "Don't put your business in the street..." He was an old-school railroad man. He mostly kept his opinions to himself, and he had a traditional sense of what should be private.
But in show business and in politics, two careers I've had in which I'd like to think I have been reasonably successful, what you do and think becomes public, and even the things that should be private have a way of "getting out there."
So as much as I like to keep my business "close to the vest" we have suddenly found ourselves in a position in which I must speak out and also ask for the support of our friends and fans. For the last few years, our online business has been handled by a company called "Shopify", which is based up in Canada. Its a big internet outfit and works in many countries. But like so much business in the digital age, it does not have a personal touch.
Out of nowhere, totally unexpected, an unsigned e-mail arrived from Shopify which informed us that we were in violation of their "hateful content" policy, and if we didn't remove everything with the Confederate Battle Flag on it within 10 days, they were going to pull the plug on our business, basically putting our internet shop out of business.
You can probably guess what my response is. We have a really distinguished attorney, a man of character and intellect. He is dealing with that aspect of it, letting them know that this is a punitive action on their part and an unexpected body blow to our company. We will be pursuing this as a legal matter, while at the same time telling "Shopify" to "fold it four ways, tie a ribbon around it, and put it where the moon don't shine!" That is nicest way I can put it.
For we are Christian people. The Flag is a Christian Cross, the Crucifixion Cross of St. Andrew, who was thought to be Christ's first Disciple. It is a symbol which has been used for 2,000 years in his honor and memory. We honor the spirit and sacrifice of all of the South's people, and I share the blood of my African brothers and sisters. The Dukes of Hazzard has a huge African-American following, and that audience has enjoyed the sweet nature and good fun of our show as much as anyone in the 40+ nations where our show has been seen, for over 40 years now.
As one who was deeply involved in the Civil RIghts Movement of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and as one who is descended from a slave, and as one who personally knows and cares about hundreds of our African/American fans, I am offended close to the point of rage at this latest example of narrow minded sanctimony and political correctness. It is dividing our nation on a daily basis. It is wrong, and the people behind it are wrong.
So we are transferring everything to another internet web host. But that is an enormous job and will take some time. In the meanwhile, we've put all our merchandise with images of our beloved flag on sale. The sale will last through Monday, Oct. 12th. By then we'll say goodbye to Shopify.
The truly intolerant and narrow minded bigots are those who have no idea about the good hearts and the undying love of those of us who side with Uncle Jesse rather than George Soros. What kind of people would we be if we just caved to these self-righteous and narrow minded people?
Unlike these boneheads, we understand our culture, our heritage, and the great and colorblind television show that has made millions of friends around the world, who understand that our show is about people looking out for one another, regardless of their color or age or politics or whether or not they are poor or are millionaires. Hazzard Nation is a loving bunch of people who are not impressed by the latest political idiocy.
Hang in there,
Ben Jones aka "Cooter"
Now, here is how Shopify defines "Hateful Content".
Hateful content: You may not use the Services to promote or condone hate or violence against people based on race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, medical condition, veteran status or other forms of discriminatory intolerance. You may not use the Services to promote or support organizations, platforms or people that: (i) promote or condone such hate; or (ii) threaten or condone violence to further a cause.
Does that sound like us to you?? Seems to me that we do is the opposite of "hateful content".
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Earlier this afternoon, The Virginia Flaggers sponsored a banner plane that flew for several hours over the NASCAR race at Richmond International Raceway and portions of downtown Richmond. The promotion, code named “Confederate Air Force”, featured a large Confederate Battle Flag and the message “STILL THE CSA CAPITAL”, and served to remind Mayor Stoney, Governor Northam, and their extreme leftist Democrat friends in the Virginia legislature, that no matter how many graves they desecrate, monuments and memorials they destroy, or street or school names they erase, it does not change the fact that Richmond was, and always will be world renown as the “The Capital of the Confederacy”.
Recent polls confirm that the majority of the citizens of the Commonwealth overwhelmingly OPPOSE Virginia democrats’ hate-filled, violent destruction of our history and heritage, and this plane sent the message loud and clear that those of us who understand the true history of the South, and understand the honor and valor of the citizen-soldier who answered the call to defend hearth and home against invasion, will continue to do our duty to remember their courage and sacrifice.
Once known as the “Grandest Avenue in the South” and celebrated as one of Richmond’s top tourism draws, Monument Avenue now resembles a desolate war zone after months of riots and violent protests, encouraged and celebrated by Virginia democrats. Historic art has been destroyed and vandalized, with vulgar profanity and anti-law enforcement messages painted on public and private property, and left on full display by city officials. When this campaign of terror and destruction finally ends, and even if they manage to destroy every Veterans’ memorial in the Commonwealth in the process, one thing is certain, the names of Lee and Jackson, and the men who bravely fought under their command, will be spoken with reverence and honor by true Virginians long after those who are attempting to tarnish their memory are gone and forgotten.
“The vandals of Monument Avenue do not diminish these men; that is not within their power. They merely diminish themselves, which is entirely within their power.” ~ H.V. Traywick, Jr.
The Virginia Flaggers is a Richmond-based, grass roots organization of citizens of the Commonwealth who stand AGAINST those who would desecrate our Confederate monuments and memorials, and FOR our Confederate veterans. We are committed to preserving the true history of the Commonwealth and appreciate the outpouring of support in the past few months from outraged citizens, determined to help end the campaign of terror that is being waged against our Confederate dead. We stand by our pledge to raise new Memorial Battle Flags and War Memorials for every one removed, destroyed, or desecrated.
Friday, July 24, 2020
Virginia Taliban Removes Confederate Memorials and Artifacts from Old House Chamber Museum Under Cover of Darkness
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
In the meantime, know that we are exploring every legal option available, and are working on a couple of things that will, God willing, materialize in the next few days....AND...we plan to make good on our promise to raise a flag and place a monument for every one removed.
Thank you Mayor Stoney, for the inspiration for our next mega flag, the General Thomas J “Stonewall” Jackson Memorial Battle Flag. We are actively seeking property in the Richmond area for the installation. Please contact us at email@example.com if you can assist.
God bless the eternal memory of Gen. Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, and God save the South!
Monday, June 22, 2020