Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Today In History: God bless America and her 49 50 wonderful states.

On this date in 1959, the Federal government moved to prop up a sagging flag-making industry by adding Hawaii as the 50th state.

(There's a fun plot: Suppose 'Manifest Destiny' and westward expansion was a secret scheme, a meme spread by a hidden cabal of flag-makers to keep their business profitable. Maybe they were opposed by the Rosicrucians, who assassinated the Flag Cabal's then-leader, JFK, when they discovered that he intended to make South Vietnam the 51st state! Hey, it could happen!)

7 comments:

7.62x54r said...

The cabal missed a golden opportunity by not assuring that the South won the Second War of Independence. Then they'd of had two nations flags to tinker with!

Tam said...

Perhaps they fomented the war in the first place, and the Rosicrucians got Lincoln into the White House to stop them.

princewally said...

"Suppose 'Manifest Destiny' and westward expansion was a secret scheme, a meme spread by a hidden cabal of flag-makers to keep their business profitable."

This just went in my quote file. :)

comatus said...

7.62, they didn't do much with their opportunity when they had it: The Stainless Banner was regularly mistaken for a surrender flag, and it took them IIRC three tries to come up with a Stars&Bars that was distinguishable from Old Gory in the fog of battle. Low points for creativity, although that battle flag has had pretty good longevity, for a lost cause.

DirtCrashr said...

Hell the Hawaiian flag is half British, and there's a continuing dispute fostered by the flag-making cabal about Colonialism and the supposedly "original" flag the British took-down in 1843.

Tam said...

comatus,

The sheer number of Confederate flags would argue for the involvement of the cabal. Obviously secession had nothing to do with slavery, economics, or State's Rights, but rather it was the opportunity to design and sell a buttload of new flags...

comatus said...

A mere glance at philatelic and numismatic market action proves your point. Dixie obviously didn't print enough stamps.