Brian Bollman: Anti-Battle Flag Bully

Many people may not know that our little corner of the world made national news on Sunday October 6, 2013.  The “Occupy Mingo” protest was picked up by syndicated conservative columnist Michelle Malkin in her article entitled “Storming Parks’ ‘Barrycades’.

(found at the following web address: )

The article was part of Malkin’s coverage of the closing of national parks by the current presidential administration during the government “shut down”.

Malkin writes: “The movement started with waves of World War II veterans who flew to D.C. as part of the Honor Flight Network. (The nonprofit group brings our surviving heroes to visit the memorials that honor their service and sacrifice.) The vets and volunteers breached the fences, exposing the tone-deaf tactics of President Obama’s Spite House. More vets vowed to defy the cynical closures.

They are not alone.

At Gettysburg National Military Park, tourists broke through barriers and posed for pictures on the battlefields with notes reading, “Catch us if you can.” One visitor reported that motorists formed impromptu caravans as rangers chased them. “Strength in numbers,” they tweeted.

At Mt. Rushmore and in the Badlands of South Dakota, families barreled over hazard cones. Their photos went viral on Facebook. In Wisconsin, GOP Gov. Scott Walker defied the National Park Service and opened state parks that Obamacrats wanted closed because they receive some federal dollars. At the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Missouri, a group of 20 protesters defied threats of arrest to enter the park.”

Malkin took some creative liberty in describing the event at Mingo. I was there. To compare us to the veterans that took back their WWII monument in Washington, D.C. is only not accurate, it is sensationalized and takes away from the honor that the veterans have fought, and are still fighting for.

There was no “defying” the officers. They were very polite and clearly stated that no arrests would be made for crossing the barricades as long as the attendees were peaceful.

Of course Michelle Makin is not the only one guilty of sensationalizing the “Occupy Mingo” event.

Brian Bollmann, Chairman of the Cape County Tea Party was very busy that day. Even though he was not the organizer he took a very big interest in the press.

Bollmann told the Puxico-Press , (See October 9th issue of Puxico-Press article entitled ‘Peaceful Protest Held at Mingo NWR) “Had I not crossed the barricade I would not have engaged in civil disobedience” and “While I didn’t want to fight the officers or spend the afternoon in jail , I was willing to accept the consequences of breaking what I believe an unconstitutional law”

mingo5Bollmann may have been exaggerating just a bit about his willingness to go to jail. He seemed more concerned about the fact that I brought a Confederate Battle Flag to the event, making sure that he talked to each and every reporter going “on the record” that the Cape Girardeau County Tea Party was not associated with me and stated that he, “Did not appreciate the man bringing a Confederate flag to an event that had nothing to do with slavery, the Confederacy or that history”

Well, I would like to go on record as stating that I was invited to the event by the organizer Chris Blattel,  of the SEMO-10 organization. Mr. Blattel knew that I was attending and also knew what flag I would be bringing.

In response to Mr. Bollmann, I beg to differ with his opinion. The protest was about Federal control over different areas of the states respectively, which was a major cause of the civil war. Confederates rallied around the theme of States Rights.

The Confederate flag was demonized by the liberal left long ago and is a favorite target for those who care nothing for history, heritage or freedom for that matter.

I was the first person at the event to cross the barricades. Mr. Bollmann was one of the last.

I wonder if he was too busy distancing himself from politically-incorrect symbols to the media, or were he and his “brave” Tea Party cronies waiting to see if I was going to get arrested before they made their big move?

Perhaps it was a little of both but in the words of the great Ronnie Van Zant (of the rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd) “A Southern man don’t need him around anyhow”

Related: Cape County Tea Party: Southerners Need not Apply

About aldermanlacy

I am just an average blue collar American who works hard and tries to be a good dad. I have a passion for history, music and freedom.


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