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Posted July 09, 2019

Jim Amrhein

By Jim Amrhein

Old Glory Thrown Under the Orwell Express

Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street and building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.

George Orwell, 1984

In a lot of respects, my Independence Day holiday this year was much like my other ones over the last 15 summers or so.

I shot off some guns. I ate some hotdogs. I saw some fireworks. And I drank some good small-batch American bourbon.

But I also did something else that made this years Fourth of July a little different

I tore apart my entire house looking for anything with a Nike logo on it. I found six items with the offending swoosh and promptly discarded all of them.


Because whether they meant to or not, Nike may have just killed the American flag.

Not just the Revolutionary War version, but all of them. Keep reading

Swoosh The Sound We Make Going Down the PC Drain

Unless youve been living under a rock, you already have an inkling of why I forever purged my life of the swoosh this past week.

Its because of Nikes decision to pull their new sneakers with the 1777 Betsy Ross flag off store shelves in the run-up to this years Fourth of July.

This was reportedly done in response to a certain high-profile gadflys complaint about that flag having flown during an era in which slavery was legal in America.

Of course, everyones been harping on this story for days now. Theyve been arguing about what the stars on Betsys banner represent

Whether some hayseed hate group has ever co-opted this version of the flag

And whether anyone in America whos not whoring for headlines, shakedown money, or political leverage actually associates this flag with slavery.

But theyre all missing the MUCH bigger and more sinister angle to this story.

Im talking about the real reason why Nike will never get another dollar out of me

The Shoe Heard Round the World Kicks Tactical Umbrage into High Gear

Whether its driven by party, demographics, economics, media bias, the educational system, or all of the above

It should be obvious to anyone with half a brain that were in the middle of a stealth campaign to deconstruct America as we know it both as a nation, and as an idea.

Over the last decade or so, virtually every major U.S. institutional concept has been systematically eroded from within. Im talking about things like:

  • The meaning and role of citizenship

  • The virtues of capitalism and competition
    • Privacy, due process, and individual sovereignty

    • An objective media that exposes bias and corruption
      • Free speech without censorship by Big Brother (or Big Data)

      • The ability of citizens to resist government abuses and usurpations
      • Now here's what all this has to do with flag-bedecked sneakers

        One of the main ways these and other aspects of Americanism are being undermined nowadays is through claims of offense, victimhood, and outrage.

        Whether these claims are truly felt or made up for political reasons is irrelevant

        Whats relevant is that in our PC age of identity-driven politics, this kind of tactical umbrage is extremely effective for garnering power and quelling opposition.

        And Nikes capitulation to it last week just amped up this game by a factor of ten.


        Because it proved to all who seek to undermine America that enormous influence can now be exerted toward that end by taking potshots at the nations flag

        And not just the Betsy Ross version, but the current U.S. flag as well.

        After all, Old Glorys red and white stripes represent the 13 original colonies. And ALL of these colonies (not just the southern ones) employed slave labor to one degree or another, at one time or another in their history.

        That is a historical fact. You can look it up.

        Point is, now that Nike one of our nations highest-profile brands has publicly validated flag-shaming for power and profit

        How long do you think itll be before the America-haters start taking offense to all U.S. flags, everywhere?

        Coming Soon: A Flagless Independence Day?

        Also Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Flag Day imagine them without Old Glory.

        Think of our great national museums and monuments and battlefields without the Stars and Stripes looming large over them

        And ballparks and stadiums and racetracks and schools and public parks, too.

        Now imagine not hearing the Star Spangled Banner at sporting events, the Olympics, or anywhere else because it makes reference to an American flag thats been reclassified as a symbol of hate or oppression.

        Is it really so crazy to think that all this might be possible? Not to me, it isnt.

        Not in an age when were tearing down statues, eliminating holidays, and changing the names of streets and building and places all across the U.S. because they remind us of uncomfortable, tumultuous periods or controversial people in our history

        This is the kind of stuff that comes straight out of Orwells 1984.

        And just like in that prescient book, its an enormous hindrance to real evolution of thought, real political progress, and real social equality and justice.

        To be clear: Im not saying that a school or park or community or government office complex or anything else shouldnt be able to change to suit the times

        Im saying that its possible to go overboard on such things, to the long-term detriment of the nation.

        Put another way: I truly believe that we need reminders of our sometimes painful past in place, all around us, at all times even in our national flag.

        We need to study our history, learn from it, and remember it. And yes, sometimes even be shocked by it. Because our nation is not without flaw, and it never has been.

        But its our duty as Americans to strive to make it better every day. Its written right there in the preamble to the Constitution, as its primary justification

        We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union

        Not a perfect union, but a more perfect union. Thats the whole point of the ongoing experiment in self-governance called America.

        And although Id fight for anyones right to affect change in any legal manner they see fit, my sincere hope is that everyone would want to take pride in our flag.

        Maybe not for what America was long ago, or even what it is right now, if thats not your cup of tea

        But for the even better place that each one of us could help to make it in the future.

        The simple fact that this sort of ground-up change can only happen in a nation like the U.S. of A. is enough to get a very large measure of respect out of me.

        Im sorry if its not enough for some people.


        Jim Amrhein

        Jim Amrhein

        Freedoms Editor, Whiskey and Gunpowder

        P.S. This forum has been criticized in the past for not giving actionable investment intel. To those critics, I say this: If you think your money is Washington-proof, youre fooling yourself. The more you know about which way the political wind is blowing in this country, the more you can profit, and the better you can protect what wealth you can accumulate.

        That said, it might not be a bad idea to get your hands on a pair of Nike Air Max-1 USA sneakers the Betsy Ross flag model that caused all this hubbub. I predict they will end up being the most collectible mass-produced shoe in history. The sneaker equivalent of a pristine Honus Wagner baseball card.

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