Stars & Stripes Forever: What Patriotism Really Is

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Today, many associate being “patriotic” with “beer guzzling, gun waiving, flag obsessed lunatic” thanks to the brainwashing of the leftist media, but it wasn’t always that way. Written in our history, stamped onto our money, sewn into the seams of our country, patriotism is our foundation.

The Flag:

The current flag made it’s first appearance around 1960. As everyone knows, the 50 stars in the blue field represent the 50 states of the “union,” and the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies. The design of Old Glory is credited to Robert Heft, a 17 year old in 1958 who designed it for a school project. The golden fringe on flags used for display and color guard is not said to hold any special symbolism.

The Coat of Arms:

First used in 1792, the front of the seal is used as the national coat of arms, a popular design of a bald-eagle behind a star-spangled shied, holding 13 arrows in the left talon, and an olive branch in it’s right. Symbolizing both the 13 colonies, and “a strong desire for peace, but will always be ready for war.” Even the eagle’s head has meaning with it’s gaze pointing towards the olive branch to symbolize the desire to choose peace, instead of war.

Inscribed on the ribbon (it’s actually a scroll but it looks like a ribbon to me): E Pluribis, Unum, which translates to “Out of many, One.”

The Anthem:

The Star Spangled Banner first began as a poem, written by Francis Scott Key in 1814, then just over 100 years later was declared the official American anthem by congress. The poem was inspired in the War of 1812, after witnessing an attack by the British Royal Navy on Fort McHenry.

The Promise:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” While it’s still debated among scholars what may have influenced Jefferson to write such powerful words, one theory is argued that several writings by John Locke were the inspiration behind them.

The Pledge:

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Serving as an expression of loyalty, the pledge was first written in 1892 and adopted as the by congress in 1942. During the 1890’s patriotism had greatly diminished and the author of the original pledge,

Francis Bellamy, wished to reawaken the national spirit.

The Religion:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” American government does not promote any religion, and does not interfere with the those who practice one. At least, it’s not supposed to…

The National Language:

Guess what? There isn’t one! Although English is the the most common and typically expected in the United States, there is not an official language declared at the federal level.

At this time of uncertainty, its imperative that we, as americans recognize our heritage, and the standards we must hold ourselves too. Salute the stars and stripes, stand for the pledge with utmost respect, and remember what it means to be American.

About the author: Kada

Born and raised in colorful Colorado, at 21 years old Kada has long understood that guns are capable of both destroying, and saving lives. She enjoys shooting AR's and Saiga's as much as anybody, but there's a special place in her heart for lever guns, single action revolvers, and air cannons. Her hobbies and interests include "muddin", target practice, camping, music, and almost any outdoor sport. So if you ever find yourself needing one more for paintball, she's your girl.

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