Sunday, July 15, 2018

Kemp or Cagle?


Over the past month or so I have had the chance to meet both Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp in Dublin, Georgia where I have lived for almost 11 years. On a visit to Atlanta to meet clients, I stopped by each of the Atlanta Headquarters and reached out to the campaigns.

 My interest in Georgia Governor races goes back to Zell Miller who attempted to change the Georgia Flag. In that race in 1994, I chaired two state wide committees that were a part of the Governor being defeated in his efforts. Then came Sonny Perdue's campaign in 2002 in which Sonny used the Georgia Flag Issue beating Roy Barnes.



Now with all the efforts by those that hate the South tearing down monuments, Georgia has to make a decision. Of Kemp and Cagle which is going to not only protect the monuments but restore what Nathan Deal has done in his efforts to join the chorus of hatred towards the South.

In visiting Cagle's headquarters I attempted to reach out to Cagle. I even got the card of Caroline Conway, Director of Operations. Previously Cagle had come to Dublin.



However, nobody ever reached out to me to discuss three questions I had for both Cagle and Kemp.

In visiting Kemp's headquarters I did the same thing. I actually got a call from Mark Middleton. Mark and I communicated about meeting Kemp and having a one on one conversation. Kemp came to Dublin and I got my chance to meet face to face with Brian Kemp.


I asked three questions of Kemp and here are the answers he gave me:

Q1  Will you restore the names of the two Holidays that Nathan Deal removed from the State Calendar?
Answer: He is not sure of the legal part of doing that. He stated he would research it and come back with an answer. He apologized if I did not like his answer.



Q2 Will you sign and support Confederate History and Heritage Month? (a law signed by Sonny Perdue)
Answer: He was not familiar with the Law and would research it and come back with an answer.



Q3 Will you put the Wright Plaque at the Georgia Capital back where it belongs.

Answer: It should be moved back to it's proper location.


Of all three questions asked the last question asked and his response pleased me very much. For a simple matter that many probably have no idea what it is about...... see the link above (a lovingly planted tree) for further explanation.

It seems to me that Kemp was willing to make an effort to reach out. Many of my friends have expressed support for Cagle but the key thing is "Where is his money coming from" the answer for Cagle is the Atlanta Chamber types. (see chart below for Cagle contributions) 

This means Kemp is the candidate for me and I would encourage my fellow Georgians to support Kemp. The Atlanta chamber hates anything to do with the Old South and will try and remove any remaining vestiges of our History and Heritage.

While Kemp's first two answers were not the best on supporting Confederate History and Heritage, Kemp knows the racist charge is ready from Abrams and the Democrats. His outright support for us at this stage would be too much cannon fodder. On Cagle, again, he made no effort to respond to a nobody like me. But as with Trump's election, even nobodys are somebodys and they make a difference when getting elected.


Kemp Contributions and others from the site votesmart.org


Cagle


Abrams





Once the GOP run-off is over the next step is going up again Stacy Abrams. One look at her contributions should be enough to defeat her in the general election. Georgia does not want a George Soros candidate supported by outsiders of our State. It must be really embarrassing for the Georgia State Democrat chairman to have Abrams as the Democrat candidate. Dubose Porter even took down the Georgia Flag in front of his house.




Thursday, June 7, 2018

A Lovingly Planted Tree



The Georgia State Capital in Downtown Atlanta




One of the beautiful trees at the Georgia State Capital is this huge Magnolia Tree. It was lovingly planted by the Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association on January 19th 1930. A plaque was placed and the dedication of the tree was spelled out.


To the Memory of William Ambrose Wright

Born at Louisville, Georgia, January 19, 1844. Died at Atlanta, Georgia, September 13, 1929; SOLDIER, STATESMAN, AND CHRISTIAN KNIGHT: A gallant officer in the army of the Confederate States of America; for fifty years Comptroller General of the Commonwealth. Guardian of its honor, and its people’s friend; a gentleman in whom lived the graces, the virtues and the heroisms of the Old South;
This tree is lovingly planted, and this tablet reverently inscribed by
The Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association January 19, 1930



 For almost 90 years the plaque laid at the base of the magnolia shown above. Now the plaque has been moved onto the other side of the Georgia Capital near the John B. Gordon Equestrian Statue as seen in the two pictures below:






So the question that begs to be answered is why?

Before that question is answered a little history behind my interest in this plaque. On April 26, 2017, I published a book based on the letters of my GGGrandfather, Stephen A. Corker. Corker was a Captain in the Confederate Army and led the 3rd Georgia at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863.




Captain Corker's 3rd Georgia was under the command of Colonel Ambrose Wright, the father of William Wright for which the plaque in question is dedicated to. In my book are many letters which mention Colonel Wright and William Wright. 

William Wright lost a leg at the Second Battle of Manassas in September of 1862. Once healed he went back to fight and was captured in June 1863. He was sent to Johnson's Island Union Prison in Ohio. Corker after capture at Gettysburg was sent to Johnson's Island also. A letter from the Union Prison dated May 17, 1864 mentions William Wright and other sick prisoners being exchanged.

My book took 5 years of research and discovery to finally publish. Therefore my knowledge of the Wrights led me to discover this plaque next to the Magnolia Tree. My intent was to eventually work to have the plaque restored and beautified. Imagine my shock to find it gone!

But before we move onto that, there is another memorial that had caught my eye in my research for my book. In 1870, Captain Corker ran for the House of Representatives in the 41st US Congress. He won the election but was challenged by a man named Thomas P. Beard. Beard is one of the names on the statue below which had also been moved from it's original location at the State Capital.


The “Expelled Because of Their Color” monument is dedicated to the 33 black state senators and house members removed from office in 1868 because they were black. This monument has been moved from the right of the magnolia tree to the left of the magnolia where the William Wright plaque was once located.



T.P. Beard's name below



So now we get to why the Wright plaque might have been moved. The Georgia Building Authority has not offered any explanation, so lets take a guess. To the right of the "Right Tree" now sits the following statue which was installed on August 28, 2017. With the removal of the Wright plaque this section of the capital grounds is now segregated. 


 Martin Luther King from his I have a dream speech in Washington, DC. 1963.



The State of Georgia should step in and correct this action and return the Wright plaque to the "right"tree that was planted in his honor.

Proverbs 22:28 "Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set."




Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Atlanta Civil War Roundtable



Recently my wife and I attended for the first time the Atlanta Civil War Round Table meeting in Atlanta. The meetings are held at the Capital City Country Club down town.

In my travels giving programs on my book "Above the High Water Mark" I learned of this group and wanted to see what it was about. I must say we were impressed with the location and the caliber of the people in attendance.



http://abovethehighwatermark.blogspot.com/2017/04/

This organization has been around since 1949. My grandparents were members of the Capital City Country Club and I have fond memories of going to the Brookhaven location. My grandfather took me fishing on the lake.

The speaker for event we went to was Dr. Earl J. Hess. He spoke of his book on Braxton Bragg. At the end of his program he stated "I am glad the South lost." This was really unnecessary and the audience's response was complete silence. Very appropriate response!

In talking to another member of the Atlanta Civil War Round Table the topic of other Round Tables around the country came up. The comment was made that Round Tables up north don't seem to have the baggage that Southern Round Tables do. From my perspective there is no baggage and I proudly defend my Confederate Ancestors in their struggle for Independence.


Standing with Lee at the CCC

I am a native Atlantan born at Georgia Baptist Hospital in downtown Atlanta. I look forward to joining and participating in this organization.



Monday, August 28, 2017

The Problem With Removing Monuments

The Georgia Capital now has a new monument to Martin Luther King. This statue was put in place on August 28, 2017. While many are celebrating the installation of this new monument, others point to Confederate Monuments being taken down across the South. Putting up monuments and taking some down are emotional issues for both sides. Sometimes perplexing issues come to light.



A case in point is the Martin Luther King Statute at the Georgia Capital. Governor Nathan Deal has placed the new statue where another statue was. So what statute was taken down in order that King could be honored? A statue that was dedicated to the 33 black legislators who were expelled out of the Georgia House and Senate in 1868. Yes, a statute honoring black legislators who after the war between the states had their first chance to vote and represent Georgians. Even though moved to another location its prominent place is no longer in view.



Former Secretary of State Cathy Cox depicts the structure of the monument: A detailed explanation of this statute is as follows:“The first tier depicts a sailing ship full of slaves arriving in Georgia. The second tier shows black soldiers who served in the American Revolution. On the next level, antebellum columns represent southern plantation life” (Cox). This monument is more symbolic than it is direct. It not only symbolizes the 33 African-American Georgia legislators but it represents the story of slavery in Georgia. “A pregnant women”, Cox explains, “[symbolizes] future generations, and the ballot box…crowned by upraised hands holding aloft a tiara, shaped in the form of the state of Georgia” (Cox). Even though this monument could represent many stories of the history of African-American in Georgia. I am sure, without knowledge of this monument, that the average person would interpret it to focus more on the narrative of slavery rather than the story of the 33 African-American legislators listed at the foundation of the statue.

One of the black house members who was expelled was a man named Thomas Beard. In 1870 Beard ran against Stephen Alpheastus Corker for the 5th US Congressional. Stephen Corker and his letters are the subject of the book "Above the High Water Mark"

                                     


Corker won the election but on the first day of the Congressional session Beard challenged Corker's election stating that violence had prevented Beard from getting votes. The US house took a vote to seat Corker and it made national news. This was because Corker was the last member of the US house from the Old South to join congress.

Georgia had been readmitted to the Union but due in part to the expulsion of the 33 black legislators, Georgia was again denied representation in congress. It was not until 1870 that Georgia ratified the 15th Amendment and was readmitted again to the Union. Thus; Georgia was the last former Confederate State to be readmitted to the Union.

Even though Corker had been given his seat, his election was passed onto the committee on elections for testimony in the case of Beard vs. Corker. Testimony was held in Augusta, Georgia. This testimony gives an interesting view on Reconstruction in Georgia. Nothing in the testimony changed the outcome of Corker's election. Finally on the last day of Congress a resolution was passed giving Corker his seat.

Beard lost his chance to be a member of US House of Representatives. And now it seems that his legacy and that of the other members of the black caucus expelled in 1868 will be lost to the dust bin of history by replacing their memorial with the new MLK statue on such a prominent location at the Georgia Capital.



Thursday, October 1, 2015

Behind the scenes of the New “Deal” on SCV car tags.


In June of this year 2015 Governor Nathan Deal and his Abolitionist Lynne Riley, head of the Georgia Department of Revenue, halted the sale of tags with the Confederate Flag on them. These tags have been sold in the State of Georgia since 2003.



The tags that were halted had the Confederate Flag in the background with the Sons of Confederate Veterans logo on them.

Lynne Riley upon initially halting the sale of the tags was quoted as saying “There will not be another Confederate Flag on the State Tag.” Riley from Massachusetts, home of the hated Benjamin Butler apparently forgot that she lives in the South where the honor of our Southern Heroes trumps the attitude of Yankees who move here.


Benjamin Butler

Ms. Riely’s actions remind me how my Confederate ancestor was treated when taking his seat in the 41st Congress. In 1871 Butler attempted to deny my ancestor, Captain Steven Alpheastus Corker, his seat. Butler was defeated and the seating of Corker was National news. Corker was the last US House Representative to be challenged in the reunited States after the War of Northern Aggression.

Southern sentiment at the time can be summed up in this quote from the Macon telegraph January, 31, 1871 “We hope, therefore, Georgia is now a State of the Union, and that a Georgian is just as much a citizen as a New Yorker or a man from Ohio.”

And now in 2015 such is the rule of law in the Georgia that trumps any Northern ideas of denying the citizens of Georgia the right to honor their Confederate Ancestors.

The State caved on tags due to the fact that the sale of Sons of Confederate tags was embedded into the state law. The action of further denying the tags meant legal consequences for the State of Georgia.

Deal’s Abolitionist made the mistake of assuming the Texas SCV tag case gave her the right to deny the Georgia tag from being sold. She was thrilled that the Supreme Court had denied Texas its SCV tag in June of 2015 and immediately went into action. The case of Walker Vs. SCV gave the State of Texas the right to say no to any tag with a Confederate Theme.

Lynne Riley


But Georgia is not Texas. The tags in Georgia were one of the scraps of the final change in the State Flag in 2003 that the enemies of Georgia’s Confederate Heritage threw like a bone to the sons of Dixy. The approval of these tags went through the legislature in the form of a contract with the State. 

The SCV tags continue to remain protected from dictatorial commands of Scalawags like Governor Deal and Skohegan Skunks* like Lynne Riley.

The SCV agreed to removing the Confederate Flag backdrop but not remove the organizations logo. This allowed Deal to claim a pat on the back by the Republican Party which despises the Old South and the Loyal League of Atlanta.

 Meanwhile the Sons of the South can celebrate the fact that their Logo, which includes the Confederate Flag, will stay on tags across Georgia and Ms. Riley can learn a lesson. The Sons of the South will defend the Confederate Flag and honor thier heroes.




*Skohegan Skunks is a word used in Georgia for Carpetbaggers during Reconstruction.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Real Deal


Nathan Deal came to Dublin, Georgia on September 18, 2015 to attend the grand opening of the newly restored "Skyscraper". 




This Skyscraper is the First National Bank Building built by my Ggrandfather, 
Frank G. Corker in 1912.


After the ceremony I had the opportunity to approach the Governor and discuss an important issue to me and many other native Georgians.



Deal in his speech about the newly restored Bank Building was quoted as saying "I have every reason to believe that when we come back years from now, we'll look upon this Skyscraper as a beacon of learning that shines very brightly throughout this region of our state,"

"For a building that is 102 years old, this is a  rebirth. This is a new beginning and built on strong foundations. Those foundations will make us proud of what we are celebrating here today."

In the picture above I am shown having a chance to ask the question. "Why Governor Deal did you remove Confederate Memorial Day and Robert E. Lee's Birthday from the State Calendar" as shown below.




My premise on asking the question was his line of  mentioning the strong foundation of the First National Bank building. I told Deal "The strong foundation of the First National Bank building was my Great Grandfather. His foundation was his father Stephen Alpheastus Corker. S.A. Corker fought for the South and was a Captain in the 3rd Georgia Co A, Burke Guards and his memory should be honored not removed."

Deal fired back saying he did not remove the Confederate Holidays. Hearing this I felt like Fletcher in the movie "Outlaw Josey Wales"



 I then fired back that he left Martin Luther King's Name on the Calendar. Deal then said that was a federal holiday. The Governor was steely eyed and unwavering in his defense of what he had done. 

Deal is guilty of not having to run for office anymore and kissing the rears of the power structure of Atlanta and the Chamber of Commerce. These types have no need for the Confederate Heritage of Georgia. They would be fine seeing every mention of the South removed.

In honor of Deal's Removal of the mention of the Confederate Holiday Names, the Skowhegan Skunk* award is hereby presented to his honor Nathan Deal.




A Skowhegan Skunk is a reconstruction term Georgian's used for Carpetbaggers in the South after the War between the States. 









Monday, September 14, 2015

Southern Poverty Law Center "SPLC" 2013 Tax Return Analysis



The Southern Poverty Law Center based in Montgomery Alabama states that its purpose is to fight hate, teach tolerance and seek justice. The following is an analysis of the SPLC's 2013 tax return which is the most recent one available for public view. The SPLC is a "Non-Profit" charitable organization that pays no income taxes.

Being a CPA familiar with financial statements and tax returns, I have made the following analysis available as a public service to the American public. The reader can make his or her own conclusions.




Revenue from Contributions was approx. $43,000,000

Salaries were approx. $17,000,000

This means that approx. 40% of contributions goes to salaries

Another part Revenue is investment income of Approx. $10,000,000 which equals approx. 18% of the total income of the charity.






Officer's Salaries totaled approx. $2,000,000






Founder Morris Dees total compensation totals approx. $364,000




Investments total approx. $317,000,00




Of the total Investments approx. $302,000,000 are in Private Investment funds.