The Sons of Liberty
13 Stripe Flag

Uniting the Enlightened Revolutionaries Propaganda Vehicles of
The Rattlesnake, the Don’t Tread Upon Me Motto, and the 13 Stripes


The Sons of Liberty’s Stripes 

     The Enlightened Revolutionaries were masters at using historical representation and then transforming it into a propaganda mechanism to use as a vehicle to rally the patriots. The 13 stripes in the flag acted as camouflaged allusion which was unlike their use of the historical Liberty Cap & Pole. Those ancient historical propaganda symbols were different in nature. They were derived from the ancient Egyptians and Romans. They used these symbols as a form of rebellion toward their leaders for equal rights and liberties.

     The 13 stripes was taken from a 14th century belief that their is a higher morality of chivalry toward our fellow man. A respectability and kindness offered freely through a compassion nature from one person to another. One was considered chivalrous they weirded the power to crush others in the perception of a transgression or when confronted with an act of mercy. This is a purer understanding of mankind limitations and weakness, and then being able to overcome our own lustful desires to become richer or more powerful.


King Edward III Most Noble Order of the Garter

     The Enlightened Visionaries were able to incorporate and propagate the exemplified nature of man’s common decency of this 14th century chivalry idea, and then embed it’s message within an 18th century symbol for colonial equal rights. As God is probably the true origin through religion, this chivalrous idea was most likely taken from Edward III’s Most Noble Order of the Garter (1348) and Scotland’s King James VII’s modern version of the Knights Companion Most Noble Order of the Thistle in 1687. To the Enlightened Revolutionaries their use of the 13 stripes themselves would act as a code of conduct to help provide a foundational cornerstone of man’s goodness toward one another acting hand-in-hand with the colonies revolutionary cause. There cornerstone idea of chivalry should be viewed as laying the seedlings for our future republic with an underlying principle of man’s virtue for goodness amongst one another. Hence, this is the underlying foundation to the real subcutaneous meaning, “Don’t Tread Upon Me.”


Insignia of a Knight Companion of The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle

     As we use the words, “God Bless” for our actions and misconceptions towards one another, we as a species are continually tested in our daily charitable actions of forgiveness towards one another’s weaknesses. By the Enlightened Visionaries using these morality foundations of chivalry, it provides a path for our post-revolutionary country to move forward as a nation toward self enlightenment in generosity towards one another. The New Era’s Ideals presented in the Great Architects Design in the post-revolutionary times shows our citizens a path without the fear of societal destruction as other cultures succumbed to in the world’s past history.

     We The People as a New Republic no longer need the Rattlesnake to devour it’s own tail by mankind’s own natural evil instincts and devices. We can now unite (E. Pluribus Unum) as one and face our own enemies within ourselves and without and have the foresight to be cutely aware. When Tread upon, we can give the warning of the Rattlesnake’s fork tongue hiss in the observation of mankind’s natural lineage of paterfamilias hereditary evil. This enlightenment is for all people of the world; as I write this meanings not as a high society educated religious person, but as a cobbler carpet cleaner who understands the nature of God’s simplistic message is for all men regardless of their stature.

    As we peel away each layer of the multi-meaning illusion, we see the 13 stripes has many representative historical meanings which are all interwoven together to make the fabric we perceive for our own reality. For the patriots of 1775/1776 the 13 stripes symbolized an elementary meaning that each stripe reflected each one of the known 13 colonies. This fundamentally provided unity for all colonists of different colonies.

     To understand the intended meaning and usage by the 18th century Enlightened Visionaries we have to look at earlier significances in it’s use which derive the meaning of the symbol’s composition from it’s origin’s use. Some rudimentary significances such as, the 13 stripes can easily be paralleled to the King of England and the Prince of Whales each choosing 12 knights to make 13 in their own knights Noble Orders. Transferring the Noble Order’s mission statement to the Sons of Liberty foundational use is a clear parallel. The embodiment of religion though the patron St. George and Saint Andrews is a clear religious representation of the 12 apostles who followed the savior Jesus Christ (13). The early Anglo-Norman Maxim which was later adopted by the British Order’s as their emblem, Hon* Soit * Qui * Mal * Pence literally means, “Shame on him who thinks ill (Badly) of it.” Through the “Order of the Thistle,” the Scottish culture was able to harness the Celtic’s character attributes of bravery, devotion, durability, strength, and determination. Is this not what the American flag stands for even in today’s contemporary time? All these subcutaneous illusions provided by our revolutionaries are well thought out high-minded principled ethical undercurrent meanings too help provide a more virtuous foundation to a revolutionary cause through the symbolic 13 stripes within our flag.