We should be proud of Clemson’s victory in the National Collegiate Football Championship, but we cannot be proud of then-Gov. Nikki Haley’s illegal victory celebration.
As part of the agreement to remove the Confederate flag from the dome, state law says only the U.S. and S.C. flags fly above the State House dome, which is rightly designated a place for sovereignty and not for historical, political or celebratory displays. Ms. Haley’s illegal flag displays (she also flew the flag of Coastal Carolina when it won a national championship) open up old wounds by saying, “I can do what I want, but you can’t have what you want.”
I asked the governor’s ombudsman’s office who arrests the governor when she breaks the law and was directed to the Bureau of Protective Services, which manages the State House grounds. I believe the bureau made the arrests when the protesters were occupying the State House grounds. This office directed me to the attorney general’s office, which directed me to the inspector general’s office, which is not a law enforcement agency.
So Ms. Haley was able to break the law with impunity, while the average citizen goes to jail when he breaks the law. Her continual disregard for the rule of law will not serve her well in her new job.
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