Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. –H.L. Mencken
Many Americans think the flag stands for freedom and liberty.
They think the white stripes stand for purity and innocence.
They think it stands for self-reliance, hard work, and tenacity.
They think the thirteen stripes stand for throwing off an oppressive monarch.
They think the red stripes stand for hardiness and valor.
They think it stands as a beacon for others to emulate.
They think the blue stands for vigilance, perseverance & justice.
They think the flag stands for an actual republic, with laws that protect the innocent.
They think the stars stand for fifty different states.
They think the flag stands for “friendship with all nations-entangling alliances with none”.
It does not.
It stands for relying on the state to take care of you, from cradle to grave.
It stands for laziness, theft, and the redistribution of wealth.
It stands for a revolution which ended with a far worse government.
It stands for the cowardice of killing innocent people from thousands of miles away, because you were told to.
It stands for cronyism, corporatism, and protectionism.
It stands as an altar before which state worshipers bow, used as a talisman and trotted out at every sporting event.
It stands for the blood of innocent peoples, shed in the pursuit of empire.
It stands for a state with its boot on your throat.
It stands for the criminalization of everything.
It stands for a government that violates its own laws and rules.
It stands for unquestioning submission to authority, no matter how evil or illegitimate.
It stands for endless war, sexual molestation, indefinite detention, torture, drone murder, and unlimited domestic spying, all in the name of keeping you safe.
It stands for an ocean of government, subsuming the states.
It stands for fifty conquered colonies.
It stands for The United State — united against all others, including you.
It stands for tyranny.