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Over the years the webmaster has submitted numerous editorials to the Macon Telegraph and other newspapers.  The Following are some of his thoughts concerning Southern Patriotism and issues concerning the Southern cause.

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Year 2003


Speaking Their Minds

Two Articles <items>  in the Monday Telegraph featured opponents of the Flag referendum speaking their minds. 

Bill Shipp lamented that if the 1956-2001 flag was returned that 30 to 40 per-cent of the residents of the State would be dissatisfied.  My question to Mr. Shipp would be "Isn't that better than 60 to 70 per-cent being dissatisfied"?

My main concern, however was the Headline “…<A perilous proposal>  that may kindle racial fires”.  I am a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and I’m in touch, daily, with literally thousands of other SCV members through email groups.  Never once have I heard any member even Imply that the Confederate Battle Flag has any racist overtones. 

This charge is only used by opponents of the Confederacy to play on the emotions of the public to further their own agenda, at the expense of us Southern Patriots.

Mr. Roddy Nixon in another article <a letter> stated our voices Were heard since our elected Officials voted to change the Flag.  Did anyone else notice that most of those who voted for the change were also voted out of Office?

W.F. (Bud) Cranford
Kathleen Georgia
January 20, 2003

Published Jan. 22, 2003 - Macon Telegraph (GA.)


Think of your neighbor

I would like to respond to Bud Cranford's comments on Bill Shipp, but let me first make sure he understands that not all the flag opponents are left-wing liberal Democrats.

First and foremost, I am a Christian who votes mostly Republican, and as a Christian it is my responsibility to try to be as non-offensive as possible. The Confederate flag offends me. I can only imagine how I would feel if my direct ancestry was affected by such a negative thing. How much more offended would I be?

Can you imagine Germans flying Nazi flags about in Germany and using the excuse "Celebrate your heritage." Some might like to weigh one atrocity over the other, but I think they are all disgusting examples of human sin. For you Christians out there who are still intent on offending your neighbor, I say think about your neighbors and who you really should please. We all know that is God.

Name Removed at the Writers request

Published Jan.27, 2003 - Macon Telegraph (GA.)


Left in Peace

In Monday’s <Jan.27> (1/27/03) Telegraph, (Name Removed at the Writers request) of Centerville responded to a previous letter I posted in the Telegraph.

First and foremost, our Country is supposedly a “Democratic Republic” to be governed “by the People and For the People”.  When our Legislature rules against the majority of its citizens, they are taking away <a> one of the fundamental Rights based on the U.S. Democratic theory of Government, in the interest of being Politically CorrectAlso, I never stated that all who oppose the restoration of the 1956-2001 Flag are left-wing, liberal Democrats.  There are left-wing, liberal Republicans, too.

As far as offending others, it appears that the others are not concerned about offending me when they attempt to degrade and vilify my Southern Heritage.  Is this not a two-way street?

In the last 20 years, (actually, since the War of Secession) attacks have escalated against the Southern Majority, attempting to re-write History and degrade the Southerners, making them History’s villains, usually by parties who have never studied the history of the so-called Civil War.

Your reference to Nazi Germany is probably the most atrocious claim, in recent years, against the Confederacy.  The Nazi’s were attempting European Domination and guilty of crimes against humanity, where the Southerners attitudes could best be summed up in Jefferson Davis’s quote, “All we desire is to be left in Peace”.

The facts are all there, in History, but it is necessary to lift your heads out of the sand and look beyond the traditional, Union justification of their invasion of the South.  “Those who don’t remember History (or understand it) are doomed to repeat it”.


W.F. (Bud) Cranford
Kathleen Georgia
Jan, 27, 2003

Published January 29, 2003 - Macon Telegraph (GA.)



Sorry, Bubba; you've been snookered
Perdue's election no guarantee that old flag will be returning
Robert L. Richardson - For the Journal-Constitution
Wednesday, February 5, 2003

I know. You drove to the polls last November in your beat-up pickup truck, with the Confederate battle flag in the back window hanging over your deer rifle and shotgun, to vote for ol' Sonny, who promised, by the next election day or so, to let you vote on changing the Georgia flag. You cast your vote and sure 'nuff, ol' Sonny was elected.

You got that old, dirty Confederate flag out of your pickup, got the missus to wash and iron it so that it looked brand, spanking new and tied it onto a new, store-bought, pickax handle. Now you were ready. You were going to the inauguration to celebrate the election of this new governor who was going to listen to the voice of the people. And when the crowd rose to cheer, you were going to wave that flag with all your might.

I know. The word soon came down that no flags would be allowed at the inauguration ceremonies, not even the good ol' US of A flag. The security folk said it was a safety matter. Someone might poke an innocent bystander in the eye, accidentally whack another on the side of the head or, heaven forbid, break one of the little wooden flag staffs, thus creating a weapon of destruction that may inadvertently puncture some of the mass of blubber present.

I know. The word also came down that all who attended the swearing-in ceremonies were to wear professional dress. After all, this was a Republican governor taking office, and all residents were to dress in a way "befitting" the occasion.

I know. You passed your hat among friends and chipped in on the cost of those planes that flew over the Capitol and Philips Arena pulling banners with the previous Georgia flag and its famous Confederate battle emblem saluting the wind. And you attended that rally at the Capitol the next day wearing your Confederate uniform, this time waving your flag with all your might.

You didn't know, did you? The safety issue and the dress code were not for the general public, they were for ol' Sonny. Flags can be dangerous, especially to a governor who rode on the coattails of the Confederate battle emblem to the Governor's Mansion.

You see, there may be some folk there from the liberal press who would take a picture of you and your buddies in shirts covered with the Confederate battle emblem and waving all those Confederate flags. And the word may get out that ol' Sonny actually played the race card to help win the election.

You didn't know, did you? You are not going to get to vote on the new Georgia flag. What you think is going to be a vote on changing the flag has turned out to be what the new governor calls a "non-binding referendum." Those big words mean that the governor is going to take a straw poll. And the results don't mean diddly squat.

You didn't know, did you? The governor ain't going to take the changing of the flag to the Legislature unless he has to. Word has already come down from the governor's office that it will take at least two years to get the issue before the Legislature. That's strange. It only took a few weeks for the former governor to get a vote on the new flag.

You didn't know, did you? If the governor feels compelled to take the issue to the Legislature, there will be an old boiler-room strategy to make sure that the vote fails, but in such a way as to blame it on the Democrats.

If that happens, now the governor is home free. He can always say that he tried his best, but those liberal Democrats blocked his every effort to give the people of Georgia an opportunity to change the flag.

You didn't know, did you? The governor doesn't really want to change the flag. To change the flag would mean, for Atlanta, no more Super Bowls, no more NCAA tourneys, no more professional baseball and basketball all-star games and no more big conventions.

And his Atlanta buddies, who filled his election coffers, would have a hissy fit. Sorry, but you've been snookered real good. But still, I'm sure the governor appreciates your vote.

Robert L. Richardson is a retired college professor living in Macon.


Attack on flaggers full of racist rhetoric

Your article in the February 5, AJC by Robert L. Richardson<'s article "Sorry, Bubba; you've been snookered," @issue, Feb. 5)>   was the epitome of senseless, racist attacks on the citizens of Georgia.  After two readings of the article I finally realized that it was his opinion that we would not get a valid referendum on the flag issue due to the nature of politics, in general.

This message, however, was obscured by his virulent, inflammatory rhetoric, aimed at defaming and degrading all Georgians who oppose the way our former Governor used underhanded tactics to deny us any say on the issue.

However, Mr. Richardson’s letter <the article> does serve a purpose.  It proves that bigotry, prejudice and intolerance are indeed alive in Georgia.  It shows he is guilty of prejudice and racism; more so than any member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans I have ever met.

It is this type of senseless, venomous bigotry that will prevent Georgia from moving forward into a more enlightened Twenty-First Century.

W.F. (Bud) Cranford
February 5, 2003

Published February 6, 2003 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution



 Compromise flag?

It appears that Governor <Sonny> Perdue is launching a referendum that will attempt to return the pre-1956 Flag as our State Flag.  That is an unacceptable solution as that flag was replaced 47 years ago and was NOT the one stolen from us.

They will probably call for Georgians to accept it as a "Compromise" Flag and brand as dissidents anyone who rejects the compromise.  They will do anything to show the 1956-2001 Flag Supporters in a bad light and of course we will be considered Racist and <Reactionary> Radicals if we refuse to accept this Compromise.

A compromise is when both parties accept less than their original goal in an effort at reconciliation.

Since very few prefer <Barnes Flag> Roy's Rag, it shouldn't even be a part of this issue.  If we accept the Pre-1956 Flag in a spirit of Compromise, what are our Opponents giving up?  ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!! 

They <Our Opponents> will have rid the State of the "Offensive" 1956-2001 Flag without giving up a single item on their agenda.  In other words they will have Won, because we were willing to Compromise, but they did not compromise with us, in any way.

Did we compromise at Bunker Hill?  Did we compromise at Yorktown?  We didn't even compromise at Gettysburg!!!


W.F. (Bud) Cranford
February 12, 2003

Published February 13, 2003 - Macon Telegraph (GA.)




According to the Telegraph and various internet sources, House Speaker Terry Coleman is opposed to the Flag Referendum because many of the “Big Business” lobbyists are opposed to the former State Flag. 

Who governs the State of Georgia; the People of the State or the business interests in Atlanta?   Under such logic there is no use in putting any issue to a vote.  Simply let the large Corporations pass the laws and dictate to all peoples what they feel is in their best interests.

Other opponents of the Referendum say the 1956-2001 Flag should not be on this vote, though they admit the antipathy toward our beloved Battle Flag design was caused primarily by its misuse by hate organizations who, they say, have changed it’s meaning forever. 

Those same hate organizations virtually passed away after the Civil Rights acts of the 60’s.  Let us return to the original, proud heritage of the Confederate Battle Flag, as a symbol of resistance to oppressive government; a cause to which ALL Georgians should rally; Black, White, Hispanic or Asian.


Connie Cranford
Kathleen, Georgia
February 18, 2003

Not published


For vote on Ga. flag

Some of our Legislators are opposing a referendum on our Georgia Flag claiming (1) <that> the 1956-2001 Flag is too divisive to Georgia; (2) <that> some quasi-political organizations are calling for a boycott on the referendum if their approved choices are not the only ones on the ballot; and (3) Business interests in Atlanta are opposed to this possible change.

 First, what could possibly be more divisive than the 2001 decision to change the flag without allowing any input from the citizens?  According to the polls from sixty to eighty per-cent of Georgians are dissatisfied with that decision. 

 Secondly, the leadership of certain organizations is calling for its members to boycott this referendum.  This is allowing special interest groups to manipulate the democratic process and pervert it to their own aims and goals despite the wishes of the majority.  Political threats and economic sanctions are not part of the American way.  Have you heard of any Heritage supporters threatening to Boycott if they lose the referendum? 

Thirdly, Business Leaders also have one vote per person.  Is Georgia governed by its People or by business interests in Atlanta?

I always thought that our elected Officials were to represent the will of the people.  Instead, it appears they prefer to ignore the people and represent the special interest groups regardless of what their constituent’s desire.


W.F. (Bud) Cranford
Kathleen, Georgia
February 22, 2003

Published March 23, 2003 - Macon Telegraph (GA.)



 We will be heard

In the Friday, 28 April, Telegraph Andy Peters states <it is reported> that Representative Larry Walker (D-Perry) admits the legislature made a mistake in 2001 with their hurried Bill to change the Georgia State Flag to the current version.  He is quoted as saying that if they <it> had changed the Flag to the pre-1956 design, we wouldn’t have the problem we have today.  As a solution he has proposed a new Flag be approved, based on the pre-1956 design.

The 2001 change angered many residents since it was made with no input from the citizens of Georgia.  Now his solution to the error is to again push another Flag change without allowing Georgians to have a voice?

Heritage organizations have demanded a vote on this issue and have been promised one by Governor Perdue, but Mr. Walker’s proposal would again take this issue from the hands of the voters.  To <I would ask> Mr. Walker, I ask, what part of “The Will of the People” and “Government by the Consent of the Governed” do you not understand”?

Most Georgians are disgusted with the attempts of our Legislature to defy the voice of the People.  The people want their voices heard and we shall <will> be heard.


W.F. (Bud) Cranford
Kathleen, Georgia
March 28, 2003

Published March 31, 2003  - Macon Telegraph (GA.)



About that Flag

I would like to respond to the statements made in the Telegraph by John Kelly <Jr.> and later rebutted <disputed> by Phillip Giles.

True, the Flag of the Confederacy did not last 100 years, but the pre-1956 Flag of Georgia did bear a resemblance to the 1st National Flag of the Confederacy.

This Flag flew over Georgia during the worst period in our history, including the Jim Crow Laws, the growth of the Ku Klux Klan, and the lynching of over <more than> 200 citizens, mostly black.

On the other hand, the 1956-2001 Flag flew over the rise of the Civil Rights movement, the emergence of equality for all races, and the greatest period of economic growth this State has known since the reconstruction.  This Flag proudly bought Georgia into the 21st Century and well deserves to be respected and admired by all loyal Georgians.
Do we truly want a Flag that is a reminder of the “Jim Crow” era, or a flag that represents the triumph of equality in Georgia?

The Confederate Battle Flag design celebrates the greatest period of enlightenment in Georgia’s history and represents resistance to oppression; a cause to which ALL Georgians should rally, whether they are Black, White, Hispanic, Asian or Native American.


W.F. (Bud) Cranford
Kathleen, Georgia
May 6, 2003

Published May 8, 2003  - Macon Telegraph (GA.)



There is a new breed of man emerging today in Georgia.

In our troubled times it is sometimes difficult to tell the Heroes from the Villains, and these modern Patriots are no different.  Some honor them for their strength of conviction, while others vilify them for their cause.

These are the men who in 1861 would have gladly put aside their plows and marched off to answer the call to repel the Yankee invader.  They come from all walks of life; from executives to blue collar workers.  They unite in what they perceive to be an unconscionable attitude from the leadership of our elected Officials, who they believe are doing injustices to the people of Georgia.  They receive no reward for what they do, using their own hard earned pay to further a cause which some other Georgians resent and object to.

They have been ridiculed and lampooned by the Media, abused by some segments of Society and some have even lost jobs and Wives for their activities, yet still they persist.  They are modern Vigilantes, guarding the public trust against an insensitive government, with no more reward than the knowledge that they are doing what they feel is right.

At first glance they appear to be simply fighting for the return of a past Georgia Flag, but after closer scrutiny, it appears their mission to bring back integrity to Georgia’s Political leaders.  Their enemy is the Politician who, deliberately or not, misleads their constituents and sometimes blatantly lies to them.

These men are the same as those who in past times conducted the raid known as the “Boston Tea Party”.  They are the ones who were at Lexington when they fired the “Shot heard ‘round the World”.  These are the men who today are trying to bring about a political revolution in our State and return the Freedom of Government to the people.

Know them and show them respect.  They are known as “Flaggers”.


W.F. (Bud) Cranford
Kathleen, Georgia
May 14, 2003



Keep The 'old' South

There is a New South rising.  It is a kinder, gentler, South than that of our Fathers.  It is based on moderation and tolerance, rather than the bigotry and abusiveness of the past generations.  It renounces its past associations with the criminal traitors who seceded from the Union, instead, giving homage to large corporate businesses and cultural diversity.

The Old South will be remembered at the battlefields and museums, for they help draw tourist dollars into Georgia, but don’t be looking for Rebel Flags or mementos honoring the Confederacy.  Instead, you will find “Heroes of the Union” t-shirts depicting Lincoln, Sherman and Grant, the winners of the War.

The New South brings us new cultural icons such as Elijah Mohammad, Malcolm X and such noble leaders as Jimmy Carter (Along with his deceased brother Billy), and the illustrious Bill Clinton.

Let us denounce the abominable past leaders of the Old South.  Down with T.J. “Stonewall” Jackson, Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, Nathan Bedford Forrest and J.E.B. Stuart.  Of course, if we are denouncing the Old Southern leaders, we must also include such anti-humanitarian slave-owners as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Patrick Henry and Andrew Jackson.

Wait a minute!  Clinton compared to Washington?  Carter compared to Jefferson?  On second thought, to Heck with the New South.  I’ll take the Old South and its great leaders any day.

W.F. (Bud) Cranford
Kathleen, Georgia
May 30, 2003

Published June 3, 2003  - Macon Telegraph (GA.)

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Flag vote issue

I have been reading with delight that freshman Representative Tim Bearden (R) - Villa Rica has introduced HB-15, calling for a Fair Vote bill which would allow the public to vote on our State Flag with the choices being the 1956 Flag or the 2003 Flag foisted upon us by Governor <Gov> Sonny Perdue.

As expected, the news media has begun to decry this proposed legislation saying that the public voted March 2, 2003 to bring this issue to a close, choosing the 2003 Flag by a large majority.  Please allow me to refresh the news media's short term memory.  <The March 2, 2003 referendum only allowed two choices; the blue Barnes flag and the 2003 Perdue flag.>

The March 2, 2003 referendum only allowed two choices; the Blue Barnes Flag and the 2003 Perdue Flag.  The 1956 Flag, favored by most Georgians was not even on the ballot.  For this reason most Southern Heritage groups and thousands of individuals boycotted the referendum as the Flag they preferred was not one of the choices.  <Paragraph Break> As a result of this boycott (which went un-reported in the media) less than twenty per-cent of the registered voters in Georgia cast a ballot for either Flag.  By comparing the number of registered voters to the population of Georgia, only nine per-cent of Georgians chose the 2003 Flag.

The Politicians and news media would like to ignore these figures and pretend that the past referendum indicated a vast majority favored the new flag, when nothing could be further from the truth.  Thanks to the courage and effort of Representative Bearden and his supporters, Georgia may finally get a say in what Flag will represent us.

Let Georgia Vote.  Support HB-15

W.F. (Bud) Cranford
Kathleen, Georgia
29 Dec, 2004

Published 31 Dec, 2004 - Macon Telegraph (GA.)


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