TAKE DOWN THAT
RAISE UP A
FLORIDA FLAG IN ITS PLACE!
The Free Florida First
believes it is imperative that we restore Constitutional
government to the people of our state. Our Founding
Fathers gave us a Federal Republic of Sovereign States,
and our Southern Ancestors fought to preserve that
Republic from 1861-65.
central government in Washington, DC, was created by
sovereign States as an agent for their common interests
and was thus delegated few, specific powers. The States
and the People under the 10th Amendment retained all
other powers. But military force, court decisions, laws,
and executive orders not pursuant to the Constitution
have overturned all of this. Just as our ancestors
feared, the central government has become supreme,
defining the limits of it own power. The states have
been relegated to the role of mere departments in a
nationalized system. This is not the Federated,
Constitutional Republic bequeathed us by Washington,
Jefferson, Madison and their compatriots.
We believe that the first step in the return journey to
Constitutional government must take place in the minds
of our People. Citizens should look first to their
States and Local Communities, and not to Washington D.C.
Yet few Florida flags, the symbol of State sovereignty,
are flown to remind our People where their loyalties and
responsibilities primarily belong. The U.S. flag,
however, is flown widely at the expense of State
interests, our eyes being diverted from Tallahassee to
Washington DC. The Free Florida First believes
this should change. We seek to restore the pride of our
People in the Sovereignty and heritage of their State.
We want Floridians to think of Florida first.
Therefore, we are asking everyone in the sovereign State
of Florida from government, business, to private
citizens to proudly display the Florida flag. The U.S.
flag should only be flown over Federal buildings, Post Offices
and military installations; elsewhere we need
to see the flag of the State of FLORIDA prominently
displayed. There is no reason for the U.S. flag to be
flown over the Florida State Capital or any other state or
local governmental building. Moreover, service stations,
car dealerships, restaurants, libraries, schools, and
homes should be encouraged to wave the State flag and
not the Federal banner. This is Florida, and we are not
a preserve of the government in Washington DC. Let's
stop acting like we are and thus begin the journey back
to Sovereign Constitutional State Government.
Show your pride, and fly your Florida Flag!
his term as Governor of Florida,
1889-1893, Francis P. Fleming
proposed that modifications to
the existing State Flag be made.
At that time, the State Flag
simply consisted of a white
field with the State Seal in the
center. Noting that it looked
too much like a surrender flag
when hanging on the pole,
Fleming proposed the addition of
the red bars -- an obvious
reference to the St. Andrew's
Cross device integral to the
Confederate "battle flag."