The American Flag is a symbol of our great country. A banner of 13 stripes alternating red and white with a blue square in the top left corner containing 50 stars representing each of the states in the union. The founding fathers had designed a government that had an equal central and local government, over the years the central government has become more powerful, for this reason the stars are absent from this flag. Dark spots remain where they once were, the blue unbleached from the sun.
The Star Spangled Banner is slightly faded (Though these colors do not run, they are prone to fading. Is it from apathy and indifference or do we just become jaded?) She has been torn in four pieces and sewn back together, still pink and raw from its fresh wounds. This is not the first repairs evident in one scar that is still pink and one that has faded over many years. several bruises are scattered about probably from the gavel, beaten by the lawyers and judges who bend and pervert the law as if they where gods of their court, and not the custodians of the constitution like they are supposed to be. the saw dripping with oil is representative of the big oil companies disregard for nature and our national parks in the pursuit of small reservoirs of the fossil fuel, a temporary fix to the fuel crisis. The cross stabbing into the blue area of the flag and spurting out blood is present to show that though church and state are supposed to be separate, a lot of our government is still run by religious zealots. Wall street and the capitalistic elite that this street sign represents rips its way through the flag. living the good life with wanting disregard for the little guy giving themselves exuberant bonuses and paychecks is nothing new, but losing billions of dollars and looking to the government for a bail out is new. Two holes have been cut out so that the government can watch the people for the good of the country and their own protection. They hide behind the flag and say it's to protect it that they rob us of our privacies and rights.
Old Glory has been through a lot and she is tattered and torn at the corners - down in the right we see the tomb stones from Arlington honoring the men and woman who died to protect what she stands for. In the upper right corner a cloudy sky gives way to a sunny day emphasizing there are always better days ahead.
March 7th, 2010
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