Sept. 12 was an amazing day as thousands marched on Washington, D.C., seeking to unite Americans and make a stand against tyranny and oppression. At the same time, the Tea Party Express escorted a number of patriots to the U.S. Capitol as well, to culminate its cross-country rallies.
But what’s next? I have an idea.
What I loved about the 9/12 idea is that it was a non-political, non-partisan movement. The 9-12 Project was designed to bring Americans back to the place where we were on Sept. 12, 2001 – the day after America was attacked by terrorists. We were not concerned then with red states, blue states or political parties. We were united as Americans, standing together to protect our nation.
On Sept. 12, 2001, we sought to protect our nation against terrorists from without. Beginning on Sept. 12, 2009, we are seeking to protect our nation against enemies of our republic from within. Many of us are protesting the present political direction of Washington. Outrageous borrowing, excessive bailouts, massive spending, speedball stimulus plans, universal hell-care and swings toward socialism are just a few of things that were protested that day. Of course, economics is far from America’s only problem, as large as it appears to loom.
I want to emphasize: this revolutionary movement is not solely an independent, Republican or Democrat fight. It represents patriots fed up against modernists who seek to overturn almost every principle and tenet laid down by our country’s founders at the inception of our republic. From the East Coast to the “Left Coast,” America seems to be moving further and further from its founders’ vision and government.
For example, George Washington advised, “The great rule of conduct in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations [and] having with them as little political connection as possible.” Yet, despite presidential campaign promises, we’re slowly pulling out of Iraq, but escalating missions in Afghanistan. And the Obama administration also pledged $900 million in U.S. taxpayer-funded aid to Hamas-controlled Gaza and Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority.
On another front, as I mentioned Thomas Jefferson counseled us, “We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” Yet the feds have just skyrocketed our national deficit and debt by trillions of dollars, and they plan much more fiscal expansions with seemingly few expectations of resistance. Despite that George Washington admonished, “To contract new debts is not the way to pay for old ones,” we keep borrowing and bailing.
Regarding political accountability, Patrick Henry taught that, “Our Constitution is … an instrument for its people to restrain the government.” Yet Washington politicians trample that founding document by their actions, bypassing its mandates, spinning its words to justify their choices, abandoning its balance of power and instead using it to accommodate their own desires, partisan politics and runaway spending.
John Adams declared that, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.” Yet we’ve bastardized the First Amendment, reinterpreted America’s religious history, denied our Christian heritage and secularized our society until we ooze skepticism and circumvent religion on every level of public and private life.
And much of this has sadly escalated in a single year since our new president took office.
It is no surprise therefore that tea parties have transformed into town hall revolts, cross-country town criers, 9/12 movements, the Tea Party Express and a proliferation of protests across the Internet. Washington can decry all of these as organized partisan resistance, but the fact of the matter is every-day common citizens and patriots across this country are fed up with the federal government, and they’re not going to take it anymore.
As 9/12 concluded, we all heard many ways to keep this revolutionary movement going. But I was sitting back thinking there’s one way we can take a daily stand and declare that, as for my me and my house, we will serve God and the republic as the founders did.
If that describes you, then I suggest you fly some revolutionary flag in lieu of your 50 star flag over the next year or so. Post the 13-star Betsy Ross flag, Navy Jack or Gadsden flag (“Don’t Tread On Me”) or any representation that tells the story of Old Glory and makes a stand for our founders’ vision of America.
Of course patriots know that the 50 stars flag truly represents one nation under God and our founders’ republic, but modernists simply don’t get it. So what do you say we make a statement by flying a different flag, and educate our neighbors when they ask us, “Why are you flying that flag instead of the contemporary stars and stripes?” (If you insist on posting a modern U.S. flag too, then get one that has been tea stained, to show your solidarity with our founders).
Know a few other patriots? Then please pass along this vintage flag-posting encouragement to them as well and make our founders proud. And let’s remind the U.S. government, “Don’t tread on me!”