I’m all for creativity, but has the Obama team gone too far with their desire to “fundamentally transform America” by rebranding the face of our flag?
“A poster to say there are no red states or blue states, only the United States.” This tweet, according to the Obama campaign, offers an explanation as to why they got rid of the red, white and blue stripes as well as the stars representing the 50 states on the American flag and replaced the aforementioned with just red stripes and the Obama logo in place of the stars.
“Our Stripes: Flag Print” is being promoted on the Obama campaign website. The screen print is designed by Ross Bruggink and Dan Olson and is available for sale, as a way to raise funds for the campaign.
According to an article published by Todd Starnes, an overwhelming number of Facebook and Twitter users are not fans.
One user wrote, “A good number of my family, including me and my twin sons, have served under the flag. This is so far beyond insulting. I can’t imagine anyone who considers themselves a patriot voting for Obama. Who does he think he is?”
I’m sure some would say that free expression is all part of the American way and brand – that the flag isn’t sacred and creative expression is permitted.
I’d expect such in art class…not from our current, sitting President.
We all know that the 13 stripes represent the original thirteen colonies. However, the President’s new flag only displays nine stripes. Hmmm. Which one of you states is the president choosing not to acknowledge? Must be a few of the swing states.
In 1916 it was resolved that the official flag of the Executive Department and the Armed Forces would have seven red stripes and six white, creating a uniform standard that remains to this day.
Someone please let the president know.
The question then becomes, “is there significance behind the colors of those stripes?”
There is folklore that surrounds what the colors of the stripes on our flag actually mean – according to eHow facts (which must be correct), “The only recorded official mention of the color red in the stripes comes from Charles Thompson, the Secretary of the Continental Congress. He stated, “White signifies purity and innocence; red, hardiness and valor; and blue, vigilance, perseverance and justice.”
Bottom line: I’m all for change, but this recent one doesn’t give me much hope. And yes, I know, it is only a campaign gimmick and no one is suggesting this replace our existing flag – but when you have a sitting president’s team, regardless of party, tamper with the look of our flag, it raises questions.
Michael Schindler, Navy veteran, and president of Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, is a guest writer for several national publications, author of the book “Operation Military Family” and “The Military Wire” blog. He is also a popular keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year through workshops and seminars that include “How to Battle-Ready Your Relationship” or “What Your Mother-in-Law Didn’t Tell You.” He received the 2010 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.