US FLAG REGENERATE
Edward E. Rochon
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US FLAG REGENERATE
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Table of Contents
Vermont, Maine and West Virginia played important roles in the War of Independence. Vermont was instrumental at the Battles of Ticonderoga and Saratoga, greatly aiding the American cause. Maine was part of Massachusetts, a bit off in left field as to strategic position, low in population, but along with their fellow citizens up-east, played a role in defeating the British. West Virginia helped keep Indian British allies at bay. These three were a part of the original thirteen and deserve recognition on the flag.
King George made a mistake in ceding Vermont to New York. Shortly after the Constitutional Convention, Vermont became a state in 1791. As for Maine, the Missouri Compromise helped keep the union together for four more critical decades. Maine and Missouri became states in 1820-21. West Virginia was born out of the Civil War, because her citizenry wanted to maintain the union. She entered in 1863.
I propose three more stripes be added to the US flag. My reasons for this are symbolic, mystical and political. This is the topic of my essay, the reasons why.
Chapter 1: Credit Due
French, Dutch and British interests vied with each other for Vermont territory. The British won out completely by 1763 after the French and Indian War. New York, New Hampshire settled the area in turns, and Massachusetts made a claim to the territory as well. King George III ceded the current territory to New York in 1764. The Anglo-Dutch interests from New York made first settlement there, but other areas were settled by New Hampshire, and these men outnumbered the New Yorkers. By 1777, they created the Republic of Vermont. New York City was heavily pro-British, occupied by the British after a humiliating defeat of Washington’s army, and the Upstate region was too busy with fighting the British to trouble the area too much, both Vermont and this area more firmly in American sympathy.
The Green Mountain Boys played a critical role at Ticonderoga in 1775, allowing cannon there to lift the siege of Boston. They helped stymie the British advance from Canada down to New York City in 1777 at Saratoga. This brought the French into the war and demoralized the British. After the war, bitterness still lingered between New York and Vermont. But in 1791 Vermont became the 14th state, a few years after Washington’s presidency began. She clearly has a claim to a stripe on our flag.
Massachusetts was the largest New England state, both demographically and in area until 1821. The two areas are separated by a few miles of New Hampshire coastline. The French and the British fought over Maine for a century and a half until the British won out. The British occupied much of Maine in both the Revolution and War of 1812. Maine was lightly populated but British occupation was contested by Massachusetts. Maine was more anti-British in the second conflict, and resented lack of aid from Boston, Prior to that, arguments over land grants, feelings of neglect caused secessionist sentiments in Maine. The Missouri Compromise brought Maine into the union as a state in 1820. The final compromise date is 1821 due to lingering matters. As a belligerent and part of Massachusetts, Maine has claim to a stripe on the flag.
The Indians west of the Appalachian Mountains were favorable to the British in the two conflicts fought, because the British favored hemming the white settlers in to better control them, and to avoid fighting a war over wilderness not then needed by the crown. The Scotch-Irish and other frontiersmen of the Alleghenies from Pennsylvania down to the Carolinas played a role in fending off flanking movements from the Midwest Ohio River region. The British tried to move against Kentucky halfheartedly. Daniel Boone from North Carolina recently blazed the Cumberland Gap trail in 1775, after scouting and hunting the area for years prior to that. Western Virginians also scouted the area, and settled there. Kentucky was an unorganized area of Western Virginia legally until it became a state. These settlers acted as a barrier to penetration, though Indian raiding parties during the war were active along the frontier. It is known that many Western Virginians served in the Continental Army and certainly played a part in defeating the British. Battles were largely fought to the West and East of the current state with a few Indian raids on its frontiers. West Virginia played its part and merits a stripe.
The counting of slaves as three-fifths of a voter underrepresented Western Virginia in the legislature. Land speculation, cultural friction between a large non-conformist Scotch-Irish population in the West and the Episcopalian English in the east was another area of friction. They had nothing to gain from slavery, resented discrimination, and the majority took the opportunity to bolt during the Civil War. Eastern Tennessee to the west was also pro-Union to a great degree but no split occurred there.
John Adams claimed that only about one third of the colonists were actively supporting the American cause, while one third were Tories and the remaining third indifferent. Over the following centuries, millions of WASPS and other Americans and Canadians crossed the mutual border for land or better jobs in either direction, not overly concerned about politics. However, the fact is that from a sociological point of view, the average American had very little in common with Lord North, the rich bankers of London, Edmund Burke and the hoi polloi of British high society that ruled Britain. They simply had no intention or strong motive to abandon their families and fortunes to fight in Washington’s army. Many Southerners and Northerners only fought in the Civil War due to the draft started by the South, and copied by the North later. Even if sympathetic one way or another, they were impressed into service.
Given this perspective, let us say that God came down to solve the matter, and gave each American an option of voting one way or another, no matter how indifferent; the evidence would suggest that anywhere from fifty to sixty-seven percent of Colonial Americans would choose independence. The history of the US supports this on the whole. The middle third would have sided with the Continental Congress if pressed. Of course, I cannot prove this with statistics but history as I have read it seems to support my view. Albion certainly has it admirers in America to be sure, among the descendants of Tories not evicted, and anglophiles born later for whatever reason inclined them to their propensity.
OK, you say, but why bother changing the flag? I have some reasons germane to the current situation in the US, and will discuss these in the next chapter.
Chapter 2: Thirteen Jinx
You are doubtless aware of triskaidekaphopia, the fear of the number thirteen, the bad luck number. But is it bad luck? Our Christian heritage recalls Jesus and his twelve apostles (thirteen.) Yes, but Judas Iscariot was a traitor, making twelve. Yes, but replaced by lot, making thirteen again. The Apostle Paul was a thirteenth apostle and quite influential in the early church. Yes, but Jesus was crucified, making twelve. Yes, but resurrected for the salvation of man and ascended into heaven. Yes, but leaving the twelve alone to fend for themselves on earth. Jacob had twelve sons. Yes, but he adopted Joseph’s two sons making thirteen tribes, and Joseph pulled Israel out of hot water and famine. Dinah was a thirteenth child, though a girl, giving Israel thirteen children. Yes, but she was raped and caused trouble for Jacob. We see a theological mixed bag with thirteen.
Washington, Jefferson and Ben Franklin and others were Freemasons. This group seems to love thirteen. They apparently deem it favorable in some sense according to occult geometry and secret knowledge. Many people distrust the Freemasons and deem thirteen a highly superstitious number. Louis Farrakhan rails against the Masons. The Roman Catholic Church condemns them. They are targets of conspiracy theories. White WASPS formed anti-masonic parties in the US. The Freemason connection is a mixed bag from the point of view of American culture. The number thirteen is all over our national seal, our money. Just what is it with Freemasons and thirteen? The secretive organization leaves the matter an open (or closed) question. Let us just say that thirteen is a controversial, divisive number in America. Divisive forces are at work today as has been the case throughout our history. The Hartford Convention considered seceding from the Union in 1814. Anti-masonic parties were active in the nineteenth century. Mormonism seems to have some connection to Freemasonry. The Mormons are controversial too.
Might we not be better off replacing thirteen with sixteen to form a more perfect union? Why sixteen?
You know that we have fifty states now and this may be deliberate, a Freemason contrivance. Fifty is the number of the Jubilee, fifty years for debt relief in Ancient Israel. It is a good number for the poor and oppressed, the common man in general. How does that work biblically? We have 7 times 7 years for 49 years. Seven is a favorable number in the Bible in many senses (not always.) On the fiftieth year you have the Jubilee to release oppressive debt built up due to the natural tendency for the rich to get richer and the poor becoming poorer over time. The rich have an advantage here. God wants to remedy the imbalance. I bring up fifty in as much as fifty stars are on our flag, definitely a flag symbolic number, but also to bring in what I call the Holy Square. I will describe this.
The Bible has a higher regard for squares and cubes than circles. Circles are worldly as with the heavenly bodies of the natural world, the rounded body parts of the animal body, etc. The cube is spiritual. The Holy of Holies of the Solomonic Temple was a cube. the seventh day is the Sabbath day and holy. We hear of the seven spirits of God. Seven times seven leads to the Jubilee. The Holy Square is patterned after this fashion:
Imagine a square divided into unit squares, forty-nine units in all to represent each year. From the one central square, you have three layers of perimeter squares according to the pattern that you can easily imagine in your head:
One central square in the middle
First perimeter: 8 squares (1 for each side, 4 on the corners for 8 squares)
2nd perimeter: 16 square (3 for each side and 4 on the corners for 16 squares)
3rd perimeter: 24 squares (5 for each side and 4 on the corners for 24 squares)
As a whole, the whole square is thought of as a fiftieth, Jubilee square.
What might this mean? God is the central glue and core of Israel and mankind when living up to his Godly nature. God is one. Get a concordance to the Bible. Check the numbers as number digits or written out in word form. We assume you read in English translations that may vary in how things are spelled out. Generally numbers are written out in literature, though not always.
In the Book of Revelation you hear of the seven spirits of God. You will read about seven churches, and symbols in groups of seven. God is the Godhead. The head is the crown of man. The brain and mind receive messages through seven portals. We have two eyes, two ears, two nostrils and the tongue. These are portals or messengers going inward as God’s messengers go outward. We are the image; God is the source. The seven spirits are near to God. But we have eight squares about the central Godhead square. What is that about?
You know that the baby uses the tongue as a sense organ to a major degree for touch. Adults do not. Adults use the tongue for language. We can sense other people’s thoughts and feelings by using our tongue. It is an active sense unlike the seven passive senses. What is this about?
You know that the Bible vaguely mentions in books such as Isaiah, Ezekiel, in the Gospels of the New Testament, in Epistles and so forth, Satan or Lucifer as a fallen angel and a troublemaker. We first come across Satan in Genesis as the snake that tempted Eve. The Book of Revelation clearly identifies this snake with Satan. The allusions in the Gospels and Epistles are unmistakable. This is true though we have no definitive story of the fall of Satan in scripture or his exact function in heaven before the fall. There are clear indications that he was an archangel (eighth after the traditional seven archangels. We have no definitive scripture that cites these seven archangels, but certainly indicated by the seven spirits of God in Revelation.) Satan is the Father of Lies as stated by Christ in the Gospels. We lie most often with language, the wagging tongue. The Epistle of James refers to our unruly tongue. Note the snakelike sinuous nature of the human tongue. Recall the Indian adage of speaking with a forked tongue, as the forked tongue of the snake. The snake is known to be wily, clever, such as to deceive Eve. This is an allegory. The active principle in man leads him to sin. The tongue gets man into trouble, both by hearing lies and telling lies.
We have traditions that Satan and his angels were musicians of the heavenly chorus that fell from grace by conceit. The Book of Ezekiel (Ez 28:13) indicates that Lucifer has a beautiful voice or is a musician by referring to his pipes (throat or flute.) The wicked Pan is often associated with reeds or pipes. These are sketchy, and people claim all this came from Persia (Voltaire), the story of Satan and his name. Well Cyrus the Great was also the anointed of God. The religion of Persia, Zoroastrianism, often described as dualistic, or Manichean, that is two Gods, appears to be untrue. Zoroaster did not consider evil to be an equal divine force, but had similar to biblical views on the matter. The religion of Zoroastrianism is quite close to Christian conceptions of the Bible. The eagle of Cyrus had three orbs, indicative of the Trinity. So even if it were true that the imagery is from Persia, it fits in with the scriptures. Moses dealt with a worldly promised land, not spiritual salvation in the spiritual realm. The Old Testament flows into the New. It is God’s plan. So the human tongue has two portals and Lucifer was the eighth angel. Judas Iscariot was replaced. We might conclude a replacement for Lucifer would be in the offing at some point.
We see how eight comes into play as a fortuitous number for America’s future. With thirteen stripes we have 7 and 6 stripes of red and white. Odd numbers are masculine and even numbers are feminine. With sixteen we must have two odd or two even types. Two odd ones must be split across the division so that you must have all odd or all even types of stripes. We do not want to be sexist but what to do. Seven outnumbers six in favor of the male force right now. Since we are dealing with eight in the Holy Square, nearest to God, we could have eight red and eight white. We have male and female but also adult and child. Sexual differentiation is muted in small children. It is harder to tell girl babies from boy babies than with older children and adults. Girl and boy tots play together without significant differentiation of the sexes when young. They look alike and tend to act alike, boys often a bit more aggressive though. As children of God, we are as babies within his hands. Unless you come to God as little children, you will not enter heaven. So ignoring any transsexual connotation, and muting male chauvinism, let us agree on eight white and eight red stripes. Have your own opinion on what color pertains to what sex.
We now come to the second tier of sixteen squares. The vision of Ezekiel has four cherubim about the throne of God, each with four heads, adding to sixteen heads. This shows proximity to God. If the motto is: In God we trust, then proximity to God is a goal.
The third tier of twenty-four reminds us of the 24 elders about God in Revelation, the singers of praise, beckoning back to the 24 ranks of singers in the Temple of Solomon, each rank taking its turn in praising God.
Chapter 3: Criticism
The atheist agenda (Communists, humanists, pagans) have forced a state religion of atheism upon us under the guise of separation of church and state. I am not the first to note this. They force local schools to accept their agendas. They ignore that banning established churches was not intended to ban appeals to divinity from public life.
In point of fact, atheism is more about being against God than denying his existence. Essentially, atheism makes a pagan idol out of the physical universe, so it is idolatry of the pantheist sort. These people believe and do not reason as they claim. Their religion is founded upon superstition and what they condemn in others, belief or conviction that God is not real.
In order to make a more perfect union, bringing in these three states is inclusive. The many poor and simple folks of Vermont in 1791, Maine in 1820 and West Virginia in 1863 that fought against exclusion from political power, or exclusion from union with the US, can appeal to minorities in the general sense. Those who are brushed aside by history and marginalized are now given the credit due to them. The number thirteen is spooky, brings up conspiratorial disputes regarding Freemasonry, undermines national unity.
Why not fifty stripes? This is too busy or congested, too hard to count. The other states were not active in the founding of the country. You might consider Kentucky, but that was more unorganized territory of Virginia than Virgina proper.
Decisive symbolic action can aid in the salvation of America. Let’s do it.
Other Works by the Author
Collected Poems I
Collected Poems II
Elements of Physics: Matter
Elements of Physics: Space
Elements of Physics: Time
Unified Field Theory: An Essay
Space as Infinity II
Golden Age Essays
Golden Age Essays II
Golden Age Essays III
Golden Age Essays IV
Golden Age Essays V
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Preface explains the purpose of the essay. Chapter 1 describes the part played by Vermont, Maine and W. Virginia in the War of Independence. We explain why and how the 3 states came to exist. Chapter 2 gives reasons for 16 stripes. We note that 13 is a spooky number. Some think it jinxed. We have conspiracy theories that divide the nation. We discuss why 16 is a better number in terms of political expediency, mystically and theologically. Chapter 3 notes that 50 stripes is too busy or cluttered a flag, and that the other states were not a part of the original colonies or play much or any part in the war for independence.