On another front, as I've mentioned before, Thomas Jefferson counseled us, "We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt." Yet the feds have caused our national deficit and debt to skyrocket by trillions of dollars, and they plan much more fiscal expansion, with seemingly few expectations of resistance. Despite the fact that George Washington admonished us that "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 the 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, "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, and now we ooze skepticism and circumvent religion on every level of public and private life.
And sadly, much of this has 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 on the Internet. Washington can decry all of these as organized partisan resistance, but the fact of the matter is that everyday common citizens and patriots across this country are fed up with the Fed, 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 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. 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-star 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 USA flag, too, then get one that is 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!"