Betsy Ross Flag is a Swastika Says Derp Potato

Betsy Ross Flag is a Swastika Says Derp Potato

Betsy Ross Flag is a Swastika Says Derp Potato

As you know, the idiots at Nike have canceled the release of a patriotic shoe embroidered with the Revolutionary War flag – also known as the Betsy Ross flag – because America-hating, mediocre hasbeen quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whom they have apparently made an honorary CEO, cried RAAAACISM.

Now, those of us with any knowledge of American history know that the 13 stars on the Betsy Ross flag represent the 13 original colonies that broke free of England’s rule and became the United States of America. Kaepernick, who has probably forgotten or is intentionally ignoring what the Betsy Ross flag symbolizes, has pressured Nike to remove this historical emblem of revolt and resistance against tyranny and injustice, because apparently he hasn’t been getting enough attention of late.

Most of us shook our heads at the utter ignorance. My view has always been that the rancid colostomy bag that is Kaepernick has the right to whine about “systematic oppression” (while he spends his millions after being raised in white privilege). Nike has every right to pull the shoe. We have every right NOT to buy Nike products. And another shoe company has every right to put the design on their product and sell it. I’m sure they would make a significant profit. Everyone would be happy.

And that’s kind of what is happening. Veteran-owned Nine Line Apparel–a Georgia-based company founded by retired Army Capt. Tyler Merritt–is releasing “Betsy Ross” flag t-shirts. And it’s not the first time Nine Line Apparel has stood up and counteracted Nike’s idiot attempts to pander to Kaepernick and his screeching social justice zealots.

To each his own right? We are free in this country to buy a certain product or not.

But that’s not enough for the leftist swine in this country, who cannot tolerate anyone being Wronghappy. Enter this assclown.

This garbage human compares wearing a shoe with the flag representing our original 13 colonies to wearing “a swastika on July 4th,” because according to him, the revolutionary period was “deeply embroiled in enslavement.”

Let’s remember that Betsy Ross was raised a Quaker, and the Quakers played a major role in the movement to abolish slavery.

Let’s remember that while some of our Founding Fathers were, in fact, slave owners, they also acknowledged that the institution of slavery was in violation of the core revolutionary ideal of liberty.

Benjamin Franklin described slavery as “an atrocious debasement of human nature.”

George Washington claimed that “there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of [slavery].”

Patrick Henry wrote, “It is not a little surprising that Christianity … should encourage a practice so totally repugnant to the first impressions of right and wrong.”

George Mason, who believed that the institution weakened the states, wrote “As much as I value an union of all the states, I would not admit the southern states into the union, unless they agreed to the discontinuance of this disgraceful trade, because it would bring weakness and not strength to the union.”

Slavery was an institution that pre-dated the Revolutionary War, and America certainly wasn’t alone in using the repugnant institution for economic development. But despite their ownership of slaves, many of our Founding Fathers abhorred the practice of trading in human beings.

By the quotes, letters, and documents they left behind, it is clear that most of our founding fathers wished to see slavery ended, though they did not believe it possible for it to happen in their lifetimes. Some of them, most notably Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay, were very supportive of the rapidly growing abolitionist movement.  Benjamin Franklin was President of the Pennsylvania society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, which included Jay and Hamilton. The year he died, he signed a petition for the abolition of all slavery. He died before he got to see it become a reality.

So what does the Betsy Ross flag really represent?

It represents the origins of our nation – the greatest country in the world that represents hope, freedom, and opportunity for so many people who came here in search of something more and something greater.

It represents resistance and revolution – a rejection of British authority over its colonies that had no voice in the way they were governed, despite paying taxes to the crown. It’s a rejection of government abuses.

And despite the fact that slavery was still legal when our nation was created, the erosion of the institution began soon after the Revolutionary War ended. Vermont in 1777 became the first sovereign state to abolish slavery. Britain passed the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, outlawing British Atlantic slave trade in 1807, and the United States followed suit banning the trade of slaves beginning in 1808.

Courtesy of publicdomainfiles.com; Inauguration 2009

And let’s not forget that no one had a problem with the Betsy Ross flag when it flew at both inaugurations of Barack Obama.

Yes, slavery was an ugly worldwide phenomenon, but the Betsy Ross flag is not a symbol of that institution.

It’s a symbol of our creation – the creation of the greatest country on earth that overcame its ugly period of slavery, of Jim Crow, and of inequality to become a nation of opportunity for so many.

It’s a symbol of our history – a history that we should never forget.

The comparison to a swastika is not just ignorant. It’s morally repugnant.

 

Featured photo: Reproduction of oil painting from series: The Pageant of a Nation; United States Library of Congress‘s Prints and Photographs division; See Commons:Licensing for more information.

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Marta Hernandez is an immigrant, writer, editor, science fiction fan (especially military sci-fi), and a lover of freedom, her children, her husband and her pets. She loves to shoot, and range time is sacred, as is her hiking obsession, especially if we’re talking the European Alps. She is an avid caffeine and TWD addict, and wants to own otters, sloths, wallabies, koalas, and wombats when she grows up.

14 Comments
  • Chris Thompson says:

    A very interesting article. I’d just like to point out that America broke free of Great Britain’s rule, not just England’s. The Scots were enthusiastic colonists, too.

    • Marta Hernandez says:

      Fair point. Thank you. 🙂

    • Gregory says:

      Chris Thompson,

      When America had broken free of English rule, America was still supporting Slavery. England and other nations had started abolishing Slavery in their nations. The last nation to do so was the United States. And Jefferson was a Slave Owner and a racist. Jefferson had an inappropriate relationship with Sally Hemmings who was underage who was Black, a child, and didn’t have any rights at all. Stop making excuses.

      • Scott says:

        Partially right Gregory, (though mostly wrong), England did abolish slavery prior to the US, though long after the American Revolution. In addition, The United States was damn sure not the last nation to abolish slavery. It is still alive and well in many muslim countries, as well as where it started in Africa (another fact you lefties regularly and conveniently “forget” / ignore. As to the “inappropriate” relationship, that is, as is usual for leftists, judging behavior of the past by standards of today, as well as the fact that your assessment of Jefferson is oversimplified, and largely incorrect.

      • Chuck says:

        Yeah, tests show Jefferson DNA all right,BUT NOT necessarily Thomas Jefferson’s.
        Some likely culprits are his son or brother.Whatever.The founding fathers weren’t perfect,but had a vision for a better United States.Yes,it took a while,and we’re still not perfect-not by a long way.BUT-did any other country go to war with itself to free it’s slaves?

  • Scott says:

    Great post Marta, but one thing.. It has far too many facts (including the pictures from zero’s inauguration) to be accepted by leftists… even though pictures (along with small words) are usually the best way to communicate with them, if even those simple methods happen to be in conflict with their agenda, they will be ignored.

  • GWB says:

    represents hope
    See, that’s something the totalitarian cannot abide. It’s why he so often works to eliminate those who would be martyrs or symbols to the cause. But it was HOPE, not realization that made this country great. And the Founding Fathers had hope that slavery might be abolished and our ideals met.
    America is not perfect, and will not ever be so. That doesn’t stop her from being GREAT. It certainly doesn’t stop her from being the GREATEST.

    It’s a rejection of government abuses.
    Amen, sister! And some of them look mighty familiar to a patriot of our age:

    He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature

    (Sounds like the Abolish The Electoral College movement to me….)

    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws

    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury

    He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us

    Sounds like maybe, those who oppose our natural and unalienable right to be free should re-read this one particular section of the DoI:
    But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

    Piss off a bureaucrat, annoy a tyrant, and give a progressive the hives this holiday: set off some real fireworks, loudly tell people what the gov’t can do with itself (and NOT with you!), and get in some range time.

  • ClydeS says:

    I ordered my Betsy Ross Flag shirt on July 4th from Nine Line Apparel. We don’t need no stinkin’ Nikes!

  • Joe Melnick says:

    God forbid anyone look at a map of the slave trade to see that while about 400,000 slaves were taken to the US., more than ten times that number went to Brazil. The left wants the world to believe that slavery was a uniquely American sin.

    https://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/782132/09.0.jpg

    Or even worse, what if people became aware that there are many more slaves being owned and traded now, about 30 million?

    • Scott says:

      Now Joe, don’t go confusing lefties with facts, their little skulls full of mush just can’t handle it!

  • John says:

    Does the number “1776” send the snowflakes into convulsions because this era reminds them of racism? If so we can no longer use that number.

  • LLOYD D MCKAIN says:

    The problem with the slave traders should not be placed on the shoulders of white Americans only. It was a worldwide situation. Many, many countries were involved in the slave trade. Black human beings were not the only people to be enslaved. It was common for one race to enslave another, regardless of the color of their skin. However, in Africa, the white slave traders did not go into the jungles and search out these people. They were caught and made to be slaves by other African peoples. When they were captured they became slaves of their captors at that very point. From then on they were slaves to anyone with the price to pay for this human flesh.

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