Wednesday March 3, 2004 -
Southern Heritage PAC
On March 2, there was a Presidential Primary in Georgia. Despite
massive mailings and telephone banks paid for by the Chamber, it was the
second lowest turnout in 20 years. Less than 7% of the people in Georgia
voted, less than 20% of the registered voters voted. The only winner in
the flag referendum portion was the Chamber and their political cronies.
The majority of Georgians found nothing in this referendum of
On the morning of March 3, the Southern Heritage PAC held a Press
Conference on the steps of the Capitol, which included the spokesmen of
Southern Heritage organization from across Georgia. Now that the Chamber
has had their vote, it is time to let the majority of Georgians have
SHPAC spokesman William Lathem began the
program with introductory remarks and closed the program with a summary
which is presented at the end, after the other speakers' remarks. It
should be noted that the enthusiastic crowd interrupted the speakers with
frequent applause and cheering
Opening statement by William Lathem:
to thank everyone for taking time to attend our news conference
today. I am William Lathem, spokesman for the Southern Heritage
Political Action Committee.
“This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the
end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
As it was when Winston Churchill spoke those words following
the Battle of Britain, so it is today in Georgia.
The results of yesterday’s so-called referendum clearly shows
the foolishness of compromise when that compromise is based on
political correctness and not on fairness.
Less than 20% of Georgia’s active registered Voters voted in
yesterday’s so-called referendum. 14% of the registered votes were
for the Perdue flag while 5 % voted for the Barnes flag in the
second lowest Presidential Primary turnout in 20 years. The turnout
was well below the Secretary of State's projections of 26% active
registered voters or 1,025,938.
To put it in hard numbers, approximately 585,000 individuals
of a total State population of 8,560,000 have approved a State Flag
What a stunning repudiation of the politicians and chamber of
commerce pundits. We all know that if the popular flag of the
people, the 1956 State Flag, had been included in a fair vote on our
State Flag, there would have been enormous public interest.
When 80% of Georgia’s active registered voters - express their
displeasure over the politicians’ rigged referendum by refusing to
participate, it is clear the Flag fight will not be over until the
people get a fair vote which includes the 1956 State Flag as a
At this time I will introduce representatives from some of the
groups working with us to obtain a fair vote on the Flag.
Jack Bridwell, Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans
Again the true sons and daughters
of this state have been pushed aside by the governor,
representatives and state senators in an attempt to appease the
politically correct and various factions in and around Atlanta who
will stop at nothing to destroy everything that represents our
Southern Heritage, which is certainly nothing to be ashamed of.
Just yesterday we were forced to vote on a fake ballot without
the 1956 flag, Sonny Perdue has ignored some of the very people who
worked hard to secure him the election, those in the heritage
community, educators, and grass roots voters around the state who
placed signs, talked to friends and relatives and gave money support
to his campaign. With Perdue's election results that surprised many,
practically a repeat of the story of David and Goliath. When these
people attack our heritage it's no longer a political issue but one
of genocide of our heritage and for once let's call it what it is,
it's not political correctness, but racism, bigotry and out right
hatred, or ignorance of the truth of Georgia's history.
We realize that many things are going on in both the state
houses as the legislative session draws to a close; the issue of
redistricting , the issue of our state's budget, the issue of ethics
among state officials, and the ongoing rewriting of the history of
our great state as it will be taught to our children and
grandchildren. The people who were elected to serve the voters of
Georgia within the walls of this once hallowed state house have
ignored the call of the grassroots voters for a simple request to
vote on our state ensign. Our elected representatives have
demonstrated their complete lack of respect for the voices of the
grassroots people of this state as they assume that you and I do not
have the mental capacity to decide on the flag that WE feel should
fly over OUR own state! The very state that operates on OUR taxes.
Yes, the taxes out of our own pockets.
I ask you:
When did Georgia experience it's greatest period of growth?
It was under the 1956 flag.
When did Georgia experience it's greatest period of Tourism
Under the 1956 flag.
When did the most OUTSIDE companies move to Georgia?
Under the 1956 flag.
And when will our politicians realize that this? The 1956 flag
flew over our great state for forty-five years without harming our
growth nor did it impede our progress.
It's quite ironic that we've reached a time that the
sacrifices of 120,000 Georgia soldiers are so maligned and lies
perpetuated about them for selfish gain.
We know that to some 140 years seems a long time past but it
is this year 140 years ago that 110,000 enemy troops reached our
state. Most of Georgia's regular army was away therefore state
reserves, militia, men from prisons, every able bodied person did
what they could to defend our state. Old men, young boys -
regardless of color - did the best they could to defend our state.
Now we've reached a time of political correctness that we should
forget them and the sacrifices they made???
This very city was turned into ashes - 90% of the town
destroyed, the railroads destroyed, houses plundered with all
valuables stolen, area cemeteries desecrated, graves robbed. Why on
one day 5,000 shells was fired upon this very town. Constant
shelling (day and night) was endured by the few citizens who dared
to remain. Do we forget them and the sacrifices they made?
It was recorded that 60,000 enemy troops gleefully witnessed
the destruction of Atlanta while their military bands played
operatic tunes. Then they turned their attention to the infamous
March to the Sea, we remember that devastation to our state, or
should we forget that too? This was total war on our state's
Folks, the immeasurable sacrifices given by our soldiers (and
citizens) deserves FAR BETTER RESPECT than they've been given. All
because so many have fallen victim to PROPAGANDA. They're not
willing to study the TRUTH or listen to the truth.
We've reached a point in time when the TRUTH no longer counts,
the honor of the soldier no longer counts and the defense they gave
this state no longer counts. 120,000 Georgia soldiers, they gave
their best and many gave the supreme sacrifice. Where's the justice
in forgetting them, all for the sake of being politically correct?
The story of our homegrown heroes of the Alamo is being
re-written because we've become such an international country. Just
wait, the history revisionists will re-write WWII and our heroes of
that era could possibly become villains once they're no longer
around to defend their sacrifices. You say that can't happen? I'm
sure the citizens of the 19th century wouldn't believe this could
happen to their Confederate heroes either. Folks, a soldier is a
soldier and they deserve respect.
Just because we have money machine outsiders running Atlanta
doesn't mean we need to forget our heritage. Just because we have
the politically correct machine calling the shots about what's
acceptable or not doesn't change our history.
Just because we've been taught in our public schools and
liberal colleges a different slant on the causes of this war that
brought tragedy to our homeland doesn't mean we've ALL fallen victim
to this propaganda. The history of this war does not have to be a
polarizing issue - if only others would study the facts.
Too many in our state and far reaching states gave the full
measure, in that time of our history, on behalf of states rights,
freedom from an oppressive government, to simply be forgotten. We're
here to confirm that. We have a right to be proud of our ancestors
and we refuse to walk away, put their symbols in a closet and allow
this cultural genocide because some refuse to do their homework and
better educate themselves on this particular topic. The TRUTH is
available (or does our detractors prefer to teach hate?) Georgia's
heroes, including our Confederates, deserves better and we're here
to speak for them - they're NOT to be forgotten.
Steve Harris, Vice Chairman of the Southern Party of Georgia
Hello, I'm Steve Harris. It is an
honor to speak for the Southern Party of Georgia today, but I'm
greatly saddened by what I see taking place here.
Political correctness is rampant today in Georgia. At least it
appears that way, judging by the cowardly and dishonest conduct of
some of our so-called government representatives and their misguided
Are we really going to stand by quietly and turn our backs on
our people and the Principles upon which our Country was founded?
Dont bet on it!
There is no better example of this problem than yesterday’s
rigged referendum. The only choices were the two flags created
secretly in back room deals. Two flags created by politicians who
have lined up at the feeding trough provided by special interests.
Two flags created by the best government money can buy.
Are you proud of them? Is this what we elected them to do? I
don't think so!
The rigged referendum yesterday was an insult to the dignity
of every good citizen of Georgia, regardless of which side they were
on. It was rigged by corrupt politicians. Let me remind you that
when you participate in a rigged game, there is no true victory, nor
is there a true defeat.
Now we set our sights on the next two referendums, July 20 and
November 2. We can only hope that they are not rigged also.
But let it be known, come hail or high water, these corrupt
politicians will be retired from public service.
Jim Dean, Legislative
Liaison for the Georgia Heritage Coalition
Despite the support we had in both
houses for the Fair Vote Flag Bill, we were unable to get it
introduced due to opposition from leadership on both sides.
Washington pressures, and the Atlanta Chamber's $2 million money pot
made a mockery of grass roots Georgians.
So the theater of the absurd will continue. Republicans who
road heritage into power can explain to the voters why they dumped
us once they were in. And the Democrats can explain to heritage
voters why they must be permanent slaves on the Black Caucus and the
Atlanta liberals plantation.
The Atlanta Chamber picked Tyrone Brooks as their flag
carrier. Tyrone's attempts to derail the Nuwaubian mass pedophilia
prosecution did not present an image problem for them. Mr. Brooks
was quoted regarding the Nuwaubians, 'they're good
people...they're just like us'. You're wrong Tryone...they may
be like you, but they are not like us! But when you look at his
record Tyrone is supremely qualified to represent the heritage
The good news is that the heritage movement is learning fast,
getting better financed and better organized. Our opponents, on both
sides, are going to find that out. Oh, they will crow that the issue
is over...and they will be somewhat right. It will be over...for a
number of them on election day. The Georgia political graveyard will
continue to grow. Roy Barnes, Tom Murphy, Charles Walker and crowd
will have some company.
We tried to warn them that proceeding with the rigged flag
vote would have grave political consequences. So let the education
Kenneth Waters, who was
acting as spokesman for the Georgia Flaggers
I have but a brief statement,
I’m here today representing and speaking on behalf of the
organization known in the news media, and across the state of
Georgia, as the "flaggers."
Since yesterday’s phony and insulting referendum excluded the
flag of choice of the majority of the citizens of Georgia, We simply
reject the results, as being meaningless, and a waste of taxpayer’s
time and money.
It has resolved nothing!
Most citizens agree that Governor Sonny Perdue never
campaigned in 2002 on creating an all new flag design, then forcing
it upon the people of Georgia, through a phony and rigged
referendum. Most Georgians agree that Governor Sonny Perdue LIED
about the flag vote during the 2002 campaign, simply to get elected.
That is unacceptable, and it will not be accepted.
We now plan to implement a "scorched earth policy" across the
political landscape of the great state of Georgia. There will
be,.... NO political peace in the foreseeable future.
This issue will not be over, until WE, and the people of
Georgia say it is over.
Make no mistake about it, We are better organized, better
funded, and more motivated than ever before.
We intend to see to it that Governor Sonny Perdue and as many
of his cronies as possible, do not have the privilege of serving the
people of Georgia with another term.
Either we get a Fair vote, or they’re OUT. And make no mistake
about it, Ultimately we will prevail.
In closing, I will simply say this,
To ALL of those elected officials that have worked to deny the
people of Georgia a fair vote on the 1956 Memorial flag,..... We,
"the flaggers"................are coming for YOU!
Gary Spottedwolf of the
United Native Americans
I have come here to give you a
warning: We of Real Native American Blood---not the Wannabes----are
under attack by the same people that are attacking your History. If
you do not believe me look at the Stereotyping of The Native
Americans at the 2004 Grammy Awards by the group called OUTKAST from
Atlanta and the other one called United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors
who want to run a scam on all of us.
The same people have forgotten that the Native American fought
for the Southern Units like The Confederate Thomas Legion of North
Carolina, the Choctaw Brigade, the Trans-Mississippi Department and
Cherokee Nation Unit. The Cherokee Braves led by the only Native
American General in the Civil War, Brig. General STAND WATIE of the
Confederate States of America.
We of the United Native America are here to support you in
your fight against the Dehumanization and the disrespect that you
are getting for your belief in your God-given right to have your
fair flag vote. We find that we have the same fight and in some
cases fought under the Confederate battleflag and there was not ONE
MASSACRE done to any Native American People under a Confederate
The stars & stripes was carried by the U.S. BUFFALO SOLDIERS
whom received their freedom and then put The Native Americans into
Slavery. We now give you our support; your issues are now our
Spottedwolf closed his remarks with an ancient battle cry in his
native tongue, which translates to "Today is a good day to die."
Ray McBerry, Chairman of the Georgia League
of the South
united position of The Georgia League of the South, its Executive
Committee, and myself, State Chairman, is as follows:
Whereas Georgia's state flag has now been changed twice within
recent years through backroom deals without regard to the desires of
the People of this great State, the Georgia League of the South,
with the full support of our national organization, as well as our
sister Southern states of Dixie, consider the results of the
non-binding March referendum to be a moral, political and cultural
fraud both in intent and in practice, and, therefore, null and void
in expressing the desires of the People of the great state of
Georgia in our choice of banners,
Whereas the current governor was elected on the
promise of securing for the People of Georgia the opportunity to
vote for the 1956 flag in a statewide referendum but has so far
refused to exercise the political tools available to him to secure
that opportunity, notwithstanding an immediate change of actions and
results, we will seek the end of his political career in Georgia,
Whereas it has been made
all-too-obvious that large segments of the Georgia General Assembly
have more regard for the Yankee dollars of the Atlanta Chamber of
Commerce and their New World Order Agenda than they do for the
wishes of their constituents, the good Christian Southern people of
Georgia, we encourage all Southerners to cease doing business within
the city-state of Atlanta whenever possible, and to work for the
defeat of members of the General Assembly who have proven
treacherous to their own heritage and culture,
Whereas it is been revealed through intelligence reports that
President George W. Bush of Maine left an unambiguous impression on
Gov. Perdue that he did NOT wish to have a Confederate flag as an
issue during his reelection campaign in the South, and that because
president Bush has sought to influence Georgia affairs by
superimposing his family's Yankee view of our flag and their New
World Order agenda upon our own governor, we encourage Southerners
in EVERY Southern state to meet President Bush with a welcoming
committee of signs, banners, and Confederate flags in every public
appearance during his coming Southwide campaign for reelection.
Further, let it be known that we demand either a return of the
1956 Georgia flag by the General Assembly or the right to vote for
the 1956 flag in an upcoming referendum, as well as guarantees of
the preservation and restoration of other liberties and Southern
heritage issues. These issues are nothing more than symbolic of the
actual attack currently underway by Washington and Atlanta to
destroy every vestige of the unique Christian conservative culture
of Georgia and of Dixie.
Anything less than an agreement to these concerns by the
governor and General Assembly will guarantee that today is the
beginning of a long, arduous cultural war here in Georgia in which
the People of Georgia will succeed, no matter the cost nor duration
of the struggle, to rid ourselves and our children of
"politically-correct" bondage forced upon us by those who share
neither our heritage nor our valuable way of life. May God pity the
pawns of the New World Order here in Georgia in this culminating
Closing statements by SHPAC spokesman, William Lathan
Will yesterday’s results put this issue to rest? In the American
system you put an issue to rest by the vote of the people in a fair
referendum. Deny the majority - as you have - a chance for a fair
vote, and the Flag issue will never be put to rest.
We are not afraid – as some are – of a vote. We know we will
not obtain the backing of many in the news media. We will not have
the dollars of the Chamber of Commerce or the downtown Atlanta
We will only have the backing of average Georgians from
Lookout Mountain to St. Marys River. But that’s good enough. Because
we will win.
As I said earlier, this is not the end. It is not even the
beginning of the end. The Flag issue will not be over until the
people of Georgia say it’s over in a fair, uncensored vote that
includes the 1956 State Flag as an option. Thank you for coming.
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