GEORGIA FLAG FIGHT Time to Restore Integrity in Government!
Governor Roy Barnes
Governor Barnes is the highest ranked elected official in the State of Georgia and is expected and has a duty to insure integrity in Government. As Governor he is expected to set the style and tone of State Government in Georgia.
Lets examine some of our governor's actions on this issue, to see if he is exhibiting "integrity in government." Using his official web-site gives some real clues on this issue. Page by page can be searched without even finding a Georgia State Flag! But hidden in the index is a link to the history of our Georgia State Flag.
Lets see what this material says (quoting from the State of Georgia official web site):
In early 1955, Atlanta attorney John Sammons Bell (who later served as a
judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals) suggested a new state flag for
Georgia that would incorporate the Confederate Battle Flag. At the 1956
session of the General Assembly, state senators Jefferson Lee Davis and
Willis Harden introduced Senate Bill 98 to change the state flag. Signed
into law on February 13, 1956, the bill became effective the following
Question: Who proposed that the Georgia flag be changed to
reflect the Cross of Saint Andrew rather than the Stars and Bars?
If our governor, wanted to end the falsehoods that are being spread
about our State flag, he would have included the reason that the flag was changed in 1956. It was changed in honour of the men from Georgia,
the Georgians who fought and died defending our State.
Question: Some have claimed that the 1954 school desegregation decision by the U.S. Supreme Court stimulated the change in 1956. Is this true?
If our governor wanted to clear this issue up, to provide good government
for the People of Georgia, he would point out that on January 20, 1956 then President Eisenhower announced the 'Civil War Centennial
Committee' requesting States to plan events to Commemorate the War. Even the Atlanta Journal featured an article on Confederate Veterans at
That's right, it is empty. Governor Barnes is playing politics with our State Flag; he is doing nothing to discourage politicians who deliberately mislead the public.
Mr. Roy Barnes is the Governor of Georgia, and I invite you to take another look at his picture above, from his web-site. Wouldn't you expect to see a governor's State Flag, in his official picture? In fact as you check the official State of Georgia web-site it is very hard to even find a picture of our State flag. No wonder, Governor Barnes is making no effort to insist that the truth be told on the Georgia State Flag. He is playing politics with our State flag, playing politics with this memorial to our State's veterans and if you can't trust a man when the facts are obviously known to him, it says a lot!
We believe that he deserves to hear about this, and to be informed that the citizens of Georgia expect more from our Governor. Take a few minutes and let him hear from you.
To contact Governor
The Honorable Roy E. Barnes
State Capitol Building
Constituent Services Room 111
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
By fax: 404-657-7332
By e-mail: NoVotesForTurncoatsGovernor@spofga.org
By webpage e-mail form:
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Time to Restore Integrity in Government!