“When Tyranny Becomes Law Rebellion Becomes Duty!” TJ
“We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and to secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
When I began my woodworkers journey making American flags I felt a sense of urgency to refresh my understanding of our Declaration of Independence and in earnest, to reread the Constitution and try to understand our Founding Fathers reasons for each Amendment. Mostly for my love of Country but equally as important, I felt our Country was being torn apart by powerful forces that did NOT have “we the people” in mind. This is when I stumbled across a Thomas Jefferson’s Phrase (Tyranny/Rebellion) that just spoke to me and I wanted to make a special Union/flag for my office that would showcase his quote & genius!
Further, as I re-read the DoI (especially)
“When in the course of human events , it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Natures God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel then to the separation.”
Meaning, ‘Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed’ to secure our rights as Men (citizens) to Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness. And, ‘whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, and should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which the are accustomed. 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.’
I felt compelled to make a flag that made a statement of fact and fair warning to the powers that be! Our Founding Fathers were geniuses and they knew Democracies always commit suicide so they set up a representative system that might succeed provided it’s citizens were educated and involved!
Well, the flag I was making for myself impacted my best friend too and he demanded he buy it (except it wasn’t for-sale) to which I agreed but he had two conditions:
1) It had to be limited in some way &. 2) It had to be unique to he & I in some way!
The 1st part was easy, I’d limit it to One for each of the original 13 colonies but the 2nd required some thought. I decided I would embed items inside or around the flag (and would take pictures of) that only he (the owner) and I would know about. That way, if his “flag” ever showed up on EBay he could easily prove it’s a forgery by simply running that flag through an X-ray! W
With each sale and each State, the price goes up, is never negotiated down and if it never sells it’ll end up on my wall after all. What I thought was going to be a 1 of a kind has been has been replicated (with unique features to each) a dozen times & counting. I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about our Countries future!
26” x 48 Natural & RWB
Current Market Price: $1,849.95
CO – Natural – Sold
NH – Natural – Sold
DE – Natural – Sold (available)
33” x 60” Natural / RWB
Current Market Price: $3,649.95
Limited Edition Flags Increase in value with Every Sale, Are Never Discounted & Never Duplicated. Backed by a Certificate of Authenticity & Photos of the Build & Unique Features Built Into Each Flag That Can Be Authenticated by X-Ray!
AZ – RWB – Sold
PA – Natural – Sold
NJ – Natural – Sold
CT – Natural – Sold
TN – Natural – Sold
IL – Natural – Sold
NY – Natural – Sold
CA – Natural – Sold
RI – Natural – Sold
GA – Natural – Available, Ready to Ship
CO – RWB – Sold