Every cause is helped by a rallying symbol. America’s first national flag, the Grand Union Flag (also called the “Continental Colors” and other names), can best serve that purpose for Anglo-American* patriotism. It captures the identity of historic Anglo-America like arguably no other symbol can. Colin Kaepernik, that great adversary of historic America, has expressed his special disdain for the so called “Betsy Ross Flag.” Raising America’s first national flag responds back in spades to that disdain.
To begin with, America’s first national flag, unlike any other, transports the viewers of it back to the period of America’s beginnings and formation as a nation, which American progressives so much revile. It takes us back to a time when the 13 Original British colonies formed and later became the 13 Original States, constitutionally coming together under the Articles of Confederation. For those who even look upon the current USA and US Flag as having too many “deplorables” and “deplorable” vestiges from the past, the Grand Union Flag is downright anathema, for it honors and celebrates the period of British colonization in America and its formation in time as a separate nation.
Second, the Grand Union Flag reminds Americans that America did not just pop up rootless on the American continent as a “global nation” of immigrants. No, it arose from European roots, and specifically British roots. While not exclusively British, it was originally and dominantly British in heritage, language, law, religion, and culture. Other Europeans joining it came with a willingness to assimilate into it, as have some non-Europeans. The British Union Flag in the canton of this first national flag makes the origins and foundation of America abundantly clear. Yet unlike the British Union Flag, the 13 horizontal stripes speak to its transplantation and colonization in America. This European, and more specifically British, colonization is doubly and triply offensive to progressives. Yet the fact remains that the USA formed with Anglo-Americanism as its unifying national characteristic.
Third, its similarity to the current US flag, still bearing 13 horizontal stripes of alternating red and white, and a canton in the upper left corner, is unmistakable. The symbol of the USA today does not repudiate and contradict historic Anglo-America, but continues to recognize, honor, and celebrate it, even as the USA has progressively moved towards becoming a multicultural “global nation.” This is ultimately unacceptable to thorough-going progressives, who want historic Anglo-America to be wiped off the face of the earth like some statue of Robert E. Lee.
Anglo-American patriots, let’s raise America’s first national flag high.
* The term “Anglo-American”, often shortened to “Anglo”, is generally applied to white Americans who are not of Hispanic heritage and political affiliation and not of French Quebec origin and political affiliation. I have used the term Anglo-American to distinguish this people from other whites on the American continent (like the French of Quebec and the Spanish of Spanish America), as well as Mexican mestizos and non-white American Indians and African Americans, who had competing interests with the Anglo-American people, along with different languages and cultures.