Friday, July 1, 2016

Why is an Anti-Liberty Flag Flown on ‘Independence Day?’

Reading the story about this sadly confused individual brought a couple issues to mind.

The obvious one of course, is this “patriot’s” complete lack of respect for property rights and keeping your agreements. The property owner makes the rules and a renter signs a lease agreement declaring he will obey those rules. End of discussion.

And no selfish, cloth worshipping, jingoistic rant will change those realities.

The second thought is that all this ruckus is over a flag that is not even historically accurate as regards the historical event it is being flown to celebrate.

Independence Day for the North American colonies was July 4, 1776. The flag that was flying over the colonies at that time was not the modern version our flag yokel defends but was the Grand Union Flag.

The Articles of Confederation were ratified in1781 (U.S. 1.0). This created a loose confederation of the original thirteen colonies (now sovereign states) creating a weak national government with the intention of protecting that state sovereignty. “Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated," states Article Two.

Certainly, this was also a positive step toward protecting individual liberty, -at least in the context of a sovereign individual living within a “state.” There was no president, no executive agencies, no judiciary and no tax base created for U.S. 1.0, no unnecessary institutions to promote mischief among those who desired political power.

The flag flying at the time of the Articles was the original (13) stars and stripes. This would seem to be an appropriate flag to fly as well on July 4, not the present 50 star monstrosity.

The ratification of the enslaving US Con-stitution in 1789 created U.S. 2.0, and individual liberty on the North American continent has been in decline ever since. The Constitution created a much stronger federal government with a president (soon to be a de facto emperor), courts (hired exclusively by the ruling regime), and taxing powers (to fund whatever foolish escapades that come to mind and to control individual behavior).

The abomination created and nourished by that Constitution is now represented by the 50 star/stars and stripes configuration seen everywhere since 1960. It most certainly does not represent the courageous, inspiring message documented on July 4, 1776. And it did not even exist at the time.

Some will argue that the modern U.S. flag represents the country that evolved, thanks to the events that occurred in 1776. But how can that be when the modern U.S. exhibits none of the virtuous traits expressed and none of the sovereignty protections designed in 1776 and 1781?

Our previously mentioned flag yokel is not only confused about flag history, but is disoriented as to what the flag he cherishes (to the point of forcing it upon property owners) represents. Viewing the comments at the end of the article, it is obvious many others share his delusion of just what should be celebrated on July 4 and the appropriate symbols to display, if any. “Independence” implies self-governance, self-reliance, and personal freedom. How are those virtues represented in the flag he embraces?

And as regards his actions, how are those virtues represented by using fascist inspired, coercive tactics to harass a property owner in the name of “Independence Day?” Such conduct is not only despicable, but nonsensical.
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1 comment:

Kent McManigal said...

The federal flag of the US (not "America") is a disgusting symbol of bigotry, hatred, invasions and never-ending war, and statism. I'll never fly one, nor show respect to one already flapping in the wind. And I certainly won't pledge allegiance to one. Yuck.