(OR: Protest by thinking people should be discreet.)
For years Rooster has asked folks to fly the Betsy Ross Flag. Too many keep asking why? Here is the answer.
First, the Flag of the United States, changes only in the number of stars in the Blue Field. The first flag displayed the number of States then existing, which was 13. Since then the number has changed and the formation of the stars has changed. Today the total number represents the total States. That number is 50. Do you remember Obama said he had visited all 57? Yes that was in Beverton, Oregon, in May of 2008. Some wags have noted the coincidence that there are 57 member States in the Organization of the Islamic Conference. You would think that he would misstate himself with the most important number in his head. Well maybe he did. Back to the point.
Second, what is the law on flying our National flag? Well first understand that the size and shape of our flag has been set by Executive order many years ago. This order only applies to Federal use of the flag. We also have a general law about its use and protocol. This is 4 United States Code (USC) Section 1 and 2. The language of this law is only to be a guide. It is not mandatory. The Courts have ruled that if some ninny wants to wear a flag as clothing, it is permitted. . Something about free speech, and expression. The lesson here is that if you want to fly the Betsy Ross flag it is legal and there is no one who can stop you.
Third, why fly the Betsy Ross Flag in place of the 50 star flag? If you are a true supporter of the Constitution and its Bill of Rights, as written, and do not believe it is a living document which can be changed at the will of a majority in power, then flying it says that. Why? In the Betsy Ross Flag the original 13 States are represented by Stars placed in a circle. Each of those States demanded the Bill of Rights be added (The first 10 amendments.) It took three years (September 1787 to May 1790) for all 13 to agree. It was a tough sell, but each finally agreed to the document as written. It is the only time we can be certain all States agreed to this concept. Today it can be your statement you agree with the original 13.
Fourth, flying the Betsy Ross flag is cool. It is pretty and thought provoking and starts many conversations which help.
PROTEST: FLY THE BETSY ROSS FLAG. It is the one flag where all the States supported the Constitution.
Rooster Bradford, gives up all rights to this article and seeks no compensation for its use. 2015