Monthly Archives: June, 2012

Fun Flag Day Facts

   Today is flag day, and I hope we all reflect what the flag      stands for as we continue to push towards securing our liberties once again.  Thought I would go ahead and post some flag facts today, just something kind of fun and interesting, and breaking up the normal political debating and frustration we all feel here.

 – President William Taft issued an executive order in 1918 dictating the proportions for the flag and placement of the stars. Before then, these features were left up to the flag maker, resulting in unusual star arrangements and odd proportions.

-Jan. 2, 1776 The first unofficial national flag, called the Grand Union or Continental Colours, was raised at the behest of Gen. George Washington near his headquarters outside Boston, Mass. The flag had 13 alternating red and white horizontal stripes and the British Union Flag (a predecessor of the Union Jack) in the upper left corner.

-May 30, 1913 President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Flag Day a day of national celebration

-The name “Old Glory” was given to a large, 10-by-17-foot flag. flag owned by William Driver, a sea captain from Massachusetts. Driver’s flag is said to have survived attempts to deface it during the Civil War. Driver was able to fly the flag over the Tennessee state house once the war ended. The flag was last displayed in an exhibit in 2006.

-Today the flag consists of 13 horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with six white. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies, the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well, red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.

-In 1963, Barry Bishop placed the flag on top of Mount Everest.       – Betsy Ross, often credited with sewing the nation’s first flag, apprenticed not as a seamstress but as an upholsterer, learning to make and repair curtains, bedcovers, tablecloths, rugs, umbrellas and Venetian blinds.       – Congress officially adopted the Stars and Stripes as the nation’s flag on June 14, 1777. The next day, Ross married her second husband, Joseph Ashburn. Her first husband, John Ross, had died during the Revolutionary War, as did Ashburn a few years later. Her third marriage, to John Claypoole, lasted 34 years.       – The national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” is based on a 15-star, 15-stripe flag sewn by Mary Pickersgill for Fort McHenry in Baltimore. Vermont and Kentucky had recently been added to the original 13 states.       – The U.S. flag has been modified 26 times since its adoption in 1777. Today’s 50-star flag, created in 1960, has been in use the longest.

-In July 1969 the American flag was “flown” in space when Neil Armstrong placed it on the moon.

-The first time the American flag was flown overseas on a foreign fort was in Libya, over Fort Derne, on the shores of Tripoli in 1805.  Placed by United States Marines!

Cast Aside the Old Ways

The two-party system has failed the us, the people of these United States.  It hasn’t mattered whether it is Republican or Democrat who have held the power, we are still on a collision course with complete and utter destruction of our country as we know it.  We have all felt that something is very wrong with our country, and we have felt it for quite some time.

We have watched promise after promise be broken before our eyes, leader after leader fail to put America and liberty first.  We are watching the chains of servitude begin to bind us all, as each new legislation and executive order put us closer and closer to a totalitarian state.

Both parties in power are guilty of this, and we as Americans are guilty for allowing them to give us quick answers for the sake of safety or national security.  Our rights are being stripped on by one, inch by inch.  From my stand point, there is no longer a conservative fighting liberal aspect in our government, only people seeking more power.  They fight over the little things and promise us it will all be better, then a crisis happens and they seize the opportunity to ask us for more, and we let them, because someone has to do something, right?

Well, it is time for us to do something.  It is time for us to declare our independence once again, and let these thugs in the Republican and Democrat parties know that we are not going to subscribe to their agendas any longer.  We are not declaring ourselves independent from the Constitution, but from the parties that have brought so much damage to our country.

There are certain elements that still fight for us in government, but it is time to stop judging that based upon party affiliation and start looking at the character of the person running for office.  It is time to start questioning every piece of legislation that comes out, and it is up to us to keep that pressure on.  Unless you plan on having a master, you must take hold of your destiny and declare that God gave us these rights, and no government has the right to whisk them away into the dark of night.

If we fail, our children are going to pay the price, and it may take centuries before someone can once again stand up against tyranny and oppression.  We have the chance now to say we have had enough.  And that feeling nagging at you in the back of your mind is your instincts telling you that what is happening is wrong.  You know you are being repressed, but continue for the sake of laziness.

We continue to vote for the lesser of two evils.  Why do we keep doing that?  Is not the definition of insanity to keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result?  For the sake of all that is good, you must make a stand against this.  Vote your heart, not the party.  Look at the values and cast aside your feelings of loyalty to something that seeks to enslave you!  All they want is power, and they are winning a battle that we may not win without drawing our line in the sand.  Draw your line now, and take an oath before God that you will stand firmly with the Constitution.

It is our duty and sacred honor to keep liberty and defend her for our future generations.  We must be willing to give all for this cause, to do less is selling our children short of their futures.  In the name of all that is Holy, I beg of you to spread this word, and shed the shackles of these parties, and vote for what is right, and not less wrong.

Remember these words: Numquam cede, Libertatem aut mors (Never surrender, Liberty or death).

May God have mercy on us, and help guide us towards freedom’s light.