A supporter sent me an article from Orlando Weekly to notify me that some fool had proposed the removal of our Confederate monument from Downtown Orlando. That fool was David Porter, a Black Lives Matter agitator from Jamaica, New York. All plans I had were immediately rearranged, and I sent the following open letter to the Orlando City Council on Friday May 12th declaring my intention to speak at the hearing:
Mayor Dyer & the Orlando City Council:I am writing to inform you that I will be present at the meeting of the City Council on Monday the 15th at 2:00pm. I will be unarmed, and I will issue strict orders to my supporters that this will be a peaceful, professional discussion.Mr. David Porter has made a media issue of removing our Confederate monument at Lake Eola. He has announced that he will be present to speak for the removal of the monument. I am announcing that I will be present to speak against removal.I am attending this meeting as an Orlandoan with a sincere & fervent interest in preserving our Southern heritage in my hometown. I spent my boyhood between Wekiva and Altamonte Springs, but I attended middle school and high school in Conway and Downtown respectively, and my children now attend elementary and middle school in Orlando.I have gone to Valencia, coached at Boone, and attended my kids’ school functions. I practiced as an attorney until my retirement, worked on local charity boards, chaired the Libertarian Party of Orange County, and participated in many other things besides. The City Beautiful and its professional class may not want anything to do with me, but I am as Orlandoan as anyone else, and its history is mine as well as Mr. Porter’s.So I will be there Monday afternoon, and I hope to speak without incident. I look forward to having a civil dialogue and expressing the view of many millions of Southerners – black, white, Hispanic, and otherwise; Texan, Floridian, or Carolinian – who are sick to death of watching their heritage be destroyed in the name of tolerance, their history wiped from the earth in furtherance of a totalitarian agenda.Sincerely,Augustus Sol Invictus, Esq.
I then traveled to Boston for the free speech rally and left immediately thereafter for my hometown. On Monday I picked up the kids from school, and we all drove to City Hall. I submitted my paperwork (everyone has to submit a written request to speak before the Council), and we sat through two hours of the City Council meeting.
The meeting was interrupted at one point by a preliminary statement from Mayor Buddy Dyer. He informed everyone present that he was personally proposing the removal of the statue to the Greenwood Cemetery. Initially, the proposal had been made by David Porter, a Black Lives Matter agitator from Jamaica, New York. Now the Mayor himself was making the proposal.
In addition to this brazen display of leftist prejudice, he proposed that the time limit for all speakers be reduced from five minutes to two minutes.
Here is the transcript of the speech I had originally planned to give:
Esteemed Members of the City Council,
Good afternoon. For the record, my name is Augustus Invictus, and I stand opposed to Mr. Porter’s proposal to remove our Confederate monument from Lake Eola.
Now I’ve been here a long time – not as long as Mr. Porter – but long enough to see drastic changes in our city since the time I was a boy. I do not agree with what this Council has done with the City Beautiful. Neither do I agree with what I see as mindless commercial expansion and the greedy pursuit of material gain by our professional class. But that’s life.
My political activity is at the national level, and I have never had any desire to fight with you or the professional class of our city or the Orlando Police Department or anyone else in my hometown. My war is with the New World Order. I am happy to leave Orlando to its own devices while I focus on the enemy, even if I respectfully disagree with the direction you are taking while I am out on the frontlines.
But when the war comes home, I am honor-bound to fight it. Monuments to our proud heritage of fierce independence are being removed all over the South, whether in broad daylight or in midnight raids under cover of police sniper fire. I wrote an article about the mess in New Orleans a couple weeks ago, saying that, while that day it was New Orleans, it was only a matter of time before the hysteria reached Orlando, Jacksonville, Charlotte, Richmond, Savannah, or any other Southern city. And as though it were prophecy, Orlando did indeed become the next target on the list.
The question is this: Where does it end? “Well once we’ve finished removing all mention of the racist Civil War from our midst,” you say. And yet the same people in New Orleans claiming exactly that are seeking to tear down the statue of Andrew Jackson, who died well before the War and who fought the Battle of New Orleans, for God’s sake. It has nothing to do with the Civil War but with the fact that he was a white slavetrader who fought against the Indians, and certain professional agitators are offended by this fact.
By this logic, how long will it be before the statues are to be removed of our Founding Fathers, who were white slaveowners and who fought the Indians? Thomas Jefferson had children with his slave, who he refused to emancipate: when do we remove his monuments? Abraham Lincoln said that as soon as the blacks are emancipated we need to send them back to Africa: when do we tear down the Lincoln Memorial? But why stop there? We have a Spanish fortress in St. Augustine – and the Spaniards murdered and enslaved the Native Americans when they reached Floridian shores: when do we tear that down, stone-by-stone, and throw the cannons into the ocean?
Where does it end?
If Confederate history does not belong in public places, then, logically, we must ban it from the public schools. Change the names of the schools and of the streets leading to them, and remove all references of our heroes from the public textbooks paid for by public money. Forbid lessons on Jefferson Davis or General Lee or any of the soldiers – black or white – who fought for their homeland against the tyranny of the Federal Government. That is the logical conclusion of this crusade that Mr. Porter has signed onto.
Now, you read the autobiography of Malcolm X, or Revolutionary Suicide by Huey Newton, and there you can feel pain. You can feel the pain that Mr. Porter is talking about when they speak of growing up black in a white school system. White teachers beating black children, telling them they’re stupid, ostracizing them. That is pain. That is racism. That is real.
But that isn’t what we’re talking about here, is it? We are talking about someone being offended by history itself. One-hundred years this monument has been at Lake Eola. One-hundred years. A full century has passed, and how many Ku Klux Klan cross-burnings and neo-Nazi torch rallies have been held at Lake Eola because of it? None. But there will be, if this Council turns our veterans into villains.
Mr. Porter claims that he wants the statue removed because it is a symbol of division. He wants it removed before Unity Day, and in doing so he invokes the deaths of 49 persons killed by an agent of the Islamic State – clearly not a white supremacist – half a mile from here. If his concern were unity and not division, then he would not make such a divisive proposal at such a time as this. Because this will cause division.
I would like to propose an alternative to attempting to ban our heritage from public view. I suggest that Mr. Porter work with this Council to build monuments for the black community instead of removing monuments he feels to be representative of only the white community. If Mr. Porter or this Council would seek to build a monument to Malcolm X or Huey Newton, I will gladly assist. I will personally help with fundraising and organization and whatever else you might need.
There is no reason for us to fight. There is no reason for hostilities to erupt in Orlando as they have in Charleston and New Orleans and elsewhere. We still have a chance to work together and to set an example for the rest of the South. And that chance would be blown altogether if this Council seeks to tear down the white community instead of uplifting the black community.
Thank you for your time.
And here is the speech I actually gave, trying to fit three minutes of a five-minute speech into two minutes:
David Porter, the Black Lives Matter agitator from Jamaica, New York, was not held to the same time reduction as the rest of us, though. Neither was he expected to turn in his paperwork it seems, as he just assumed that he would be given the place of honor. In this video, you can watch David Porter, the Black Lives Matter agitator from Jamaica, New York, arguing with a police officer until he was allowed to speak out of turn. In this same video, you can watch the Mayor gave him two extra minutes – double the time anyone else was allowed to speak:
A vote was taken to appoint a committee to determine the cost of the removal. It was for show, as the cost had already been determined at $120,000. Here is the statement Dyer made the night of the hearing, no doubt written before the hearing even took place:
Proposed Plan for the Confederate Statue at Lake Eola ParkOrlando Mayor Buddy Dyer · MAY 15 · PUBLICAs you know, there is a national debate going on regarding monuments and memorials dedicated to the Civil War that were installed back in the 1800s and early 1900s.Here in Orlando, we have one such monument, the confederate statue at Lake Eola Park. These statues are subject to various interpretations. Some, like myself, see them as historical markers dedicated to men who died during a war.Other perceive them as a symbol of white supremacy and the vestige of slavery. With this understanding and our City’s commitment to inclusiveness, I am proposing to move the statue to a more appropriate location at Greenwood Cemetery within the confederate veterans section.During today’s City Council meeting, we heard public comments about the statue and its location.I don’t feel the statue should be taken down permanently. My proposed plan of action is two-fold and includes:· Engaging historians from UCF and other academic institutions to develop and install an appropriate educational interpretive panel near the monument that would put the monument in proper historical context and serve as an educational tool for our community and future generations about this painful period of our history.· Preserving this historic artifact of our past by utilizing a professional team to thoroughly inspect and carefully dismantle, move, reassemble and re-erect the statue in Greenwood Cemetery in the Civil War confederate section. This would not be the first time the statue has been moved, as it was originally located on Magnolia Avenue before it was moved to Lake Eola Park in 1917.As we move this plan forward, I believe this proposal balances the inclusive morals of our community today, while carefully preserving historic artifacts from our past that can be used to further educate and serve as important lessons in today’s society.https://www.facebook.com/notes/orlando-mayor-buddy-dyer/proposed-plan-for-the-confederate-statue-at-lake-eola-park/10154573958612083/
The fact is that this entire thing was for show. 95% of the people who spoke were against the monument’s removal. Only David Porter, the Black Lives Matter agitator from Jamaica, New York, and a handful of his acolytes spoke in favor of removal, and none of them even signed up to speak until the hearing was well underway.
The decision was already made before any of us showed up to speak. The decision was made before Dyer made his announcement. The decision was made before the Council cut everyone’s time from five minutes to two minutes and before they gave Porter double the time afforded to everyone else. The decision was made before the Commissioners gave their opinions on the matter.
More to the point, the decision was made without consulting the people of Orlando themselves. Only 14 of us, from what I was told afterward, were actually residents of Orlando who had any real say in the matter at all. Only 14 of us out of the 55 people who spoke were actual Orlandoans.
And might I point out – if you hadn’t caught it already – that David Porter, the Black Lives Matter agitator, is from Jamaica, New York. He is not an Orlandoan. Clearly he skipped every single day of his American History class, but one thing everyone in this country knows is that Southerners despise carpetbaggers coming down here to tell us how to manage our affairs.
We will be meeting this Saturday at noon to protest the removal of Johnny Reb from Lake Eola. Here is the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/225227661297774/