Why did protesters fail to repeat their July 13, 2020, demonstration outside my home, during which they proclaimed Confederate heritage a heritage of hate? Why didn’t they gather outside my Glenwood Street residence again this year?

Retired pastor David Tryggestad seemed so self-satisfied while showing his homemade Black Lives Matter banner across the street. (Tryggestad wrote a “Local View” column about it, published by the News Tribune on July 29, 2020, headlined, “What’s un-American isn’t always clear.”) If Tryggestad’s act and others like it weren’t Marxist, they failed due diligence and came off as half-cocked and flat-footed.

Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors Alicia Garza are self-proclaimed Marxists. How is Marxist doctrine compatible with a Constitution predicated upon private property? Anyone who believes it un-American to display the Confederate flag must also ask if it is un-American when Black Lives Matter protesters shout, "Death to America," as they did in Oakland last August.

President Harry S. Truman apparently did not think Confederate flag displays were un-American. He signed the Millard Tydings Bill in 1948, which opened the door for the official display of Confederate symbols in the U.S. military.

Former Duluth talk-radio host Lew Latto's refrain comes to mind, "The less one knows, the more firmly one believes."

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Arthur Germaine Jr.

Duluth




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