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You people are so pathetically desperate.
When was the flag created and what is the history behind it's creation?
I'll give you a hint: it was a wee bit' before "stop the steal."

Yes, of course, the flag has a history that pre-dates the insurrection, but it has become a symbol of the rightwing Christian nationalist movement in this country. It is not a coincidence that Johnson, Alito and Leo fly this flag. It is not a coincidence that so many insurrectiontists carried it on January 6th or that one of the main leaders of this movement, Dutch Sheets (see post #60), visited Trump's WH in the days before the insurrection and also happened to write a book entitled An Appeal To Heaven: What Would Happen If We Did It Again:

In recent days, you may have seen someone with a white flag displaying an evergreen tree beneath the phrase, "An Appeal to Heaven." This banner has made its way into countless homes, prayer rooms, and even government buildings. The Appeal to Heaven flag holds great significance as it relates to America's founding, God's eternal covenants, and our present hope for this nation. In An Appeal To Heaven, Dutch Sheets takes you on a journey of discovering the role you were designed to play in America's history. This short book is packed with powerful insights that will help you pray for America and leave you equipped to be part of her restoration. You have a role to play in this story. Are you ready to take your place?


That flag is the way these Christian nationalist like Johnson, Alito and Leo signal to like minded others their commitment to reawakening and remaking America in God's image.

These true believers are dangerous and well organized. They think they are in some kind of religious war and see themselves as holy warriors. Remember Ginni's texts messages to Meadows:

The text messages, reviewed by CNN, show Thomas pleading with Meadows to continue the fight to overturn the election results.

"Help This Great President stand firm, Mark!!! ... You are the leader, with him, who is standing for America's constitutional governance at the precipice. The majority knows Biden and the Left is attempting the greatest Heist of our History," Thomas wrote on Nov. 10, 2020.

Thomas regularly checked in with Meadows to encourage him to push claims of voter fraud and work to prevent the election from being certified. Meadows often responded. On that same day as the previous text, he wrote: "I will stand firm. We will fight until there is no fight left. Our country is too precious to give up on. Thanks for all you do."

On Nov. 24, 2020, Meadows promised he wasn't done battling on Trump's behalf and evoked his faith as a source of strength.

"This is a fight of good versus evil. Evil always looks like the victor until the King of Kings triumphs. Do not grow weary in well doing. The fight continues. I have staked my career on it. Well at least my time in DC on it."

www.kcra.com Trump doesn't give a crap about any of this, but he cares about remaining in power and having total presidential immunity. He gives them what they want in terms of the courts, and they give him what he wants in terms of an imperial presidency. That's the quid pro quo that is going on.

So apparently the flag Alito flew outside his beach house is the same flag that Mike Johnson has hanging outside his office, and it's basically symbolic of Christian nationalist who want to remake America into a Christian nation, no separation between church and state. Many of these flags were flown at the 1/6 insurrections and there is a good reason why:

The Key to Mike Johnson's Christian Extremism Hangs Outside His Office
NOVEMBER 10, 2023

The newly elected House speaker has ties to the far-right New Apostolic Reformation--which is hell-bent on turning America into a religious state

The flag--which Rolling Stone has confirmed hangs outside his district office in the Cannon House Office Building--is white with a simple evergreen tree in the center and the phrase "An Appeal to Heaven" at the top. Historically, this flag was a Revolutionary War banner, commissioned by George Washington as a naval flag for the colony turned state of Massachusetts. The quote "An Appeal to Heaven" was a slogan from that war, taken from a treatise by the philosopher John Locke. But in the past decade it has come to symbolize a die-hard vision of a hegemonically Christian America. . . .

This is why, if you look closely at the panopticon of videos and pictures of the Capitol insurrection, Appeal to Heaven flags are everywhere. There are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of them punctuating the crowd, including even on the front lines of clashes between rioters and Capitol police officers . . . .

Hundreds of Christian figures supported Trump's effort to overthrow the 2020 election, but, having spent years researching and tracking the direct influences on Christians who actually showed up on Jan. 6, we contend that no single Christian leader contributed more to this effort to mobilize Christians against the very structures of American democracy than [Dutch] Sheets. One case in point: Sheets and his team were reportedly at the White House a week before the insurrection, strategizing with administration officials, as we reported on Jan. 6, 2023:

On December 29, 2020--eight days before the insurrection-- Sheets and his team of prophets were in Washington, D.C., staying at the Willard Hotel, the site of the various war rooms overseen by Rudy Giuliani and Steve Bannon. On that day, Sheets, along with 14 other apostles and prophets, had a multi-hour meeting inside the White House with Trump administration officials. Who exactly among White House Staff attended this meeting is unclear (and the Trump administration has made the White House Visitor Logs secret and invulnerable to FOIA requests until 2026). But members of Sheets' team posted photos of themselves (with White House visitor passes) both outside and inside the building.

The Appeal to Heaven flag was the banner of this mobilization, which brings us back to Mike Johnson and the flag outside his office. What does it signal that the speaker of the House of Representatives is purposely flying this symbol of Christian warfare?

It is simply untenable to think that Johnson is unaware of what the Appeal to Heaven flag signals today. It represents an aggressive, spiritual-warfare style of Christian nationalism, and Johnson is a legal insurrectionist who has deeply tied himself into networks of Christian extremists whose rhetoric, leadership, and warfare theology fueled a literal insurrection.


These papers with "classified markings" were found in GSA boxes sent to Mar-a-Lago and a separate storage facility in Sept. 2021.
GSA packs boxes, ships it to Trump and NARA is upset enough to raid MaraLargo with the FBI authorized to use deadly force?

The GSA shipped the boxes but did not pack them:

Newly released emails debunk Trump and allies' attempts to blame the GSA for packing boxes that ended up in Mar-a-Lago
Mon October 10, 2022

When the General Services Administration prepared to ship pallets of material to Florida for former President Donald Trump in July 2021, the federal agency asked Trump aide Beau Harrison to affirm what was in the boxes being shipped. . . .

Harrison, one of the handful of aides interviewed by federal investigators in the spring as they sought information on presidential records, returned a letter on "The Office of Donald J. Trump" letterhead stating what was in the boxes.

The email exchange between GSA officials and Harrison is one of more than 100 pages of emails and documents newly released by the GSA that debunk claims from Trump and his allies that the government agency is to blame for packing the boxes containing classified documents that were later recovered by the FBI during the search of his Mar-a-Lago resort in August.

The newly released emails also provide new details underscoring the rushed, chaotic nature of Trump's transition after he spent two months exhausting numerous avenues trying to overturn the 2020 election.

The emails make clear that the boxes had already been packed and sat shrink-wrapped in an empty office space in Arlington, Virginia, as GSA officials planned logistics to ship the five pallets of boxes-- including 30 banker boxes similar to those recovered by the FBI at Mar-a-Lago--to Florida.


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