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Local GOP posts inverted flag on notice
An officer in the Glynn County Republican Party says he has no problem with putting an upside down American flag on an official public notice from the local political party.

Jeff Kilgore, first vice chair of the Glynn County Republican Party, included an upside down flag on a release announcing the political party's breakfast meeting Saturday that will feature U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-1.

According to etiquette and rules for flying or displaying Old Glory, it is permissible to put the flag upside down as a signal for real distress or danger. It does not include any form of political protest or statement.

Kilgore said the nation is in distress with the re-election of President Barack Obama, a Democrat.

"I truly think we're in a state of distress," Kilgore said. "This county's insolvent. We absolutely stand to lose our country if we don't get things in order."

Kilgore is not alone. Since Obama won a second term, people across the nation have been showing their disapproval by displaying upside down American flags, even though it is considered by some to be inappropriate.

According to the American Flag Foundation, "the flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property."

The flag Kilgore said he hastily selected would have been in violation of the flag foundation's recommendations even if it was displayed upright because it had writing on it. Writing on a flag, defacing it, even one on a political flyer, is never OK.

"The flag should never have placed upon it, nor any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design or drawing of any nature," according to the foundation.

Kilgore said he chose the flag from a website at 1 a.m. Thursday and didn't notice it had messages scrawled on the stripes.

"I don't even know what it says on the stripes," he said. "I just grabbed something."

Kilgore said the intent was to "stimulate conversation and get people talking about it."

He said the message he is trying to send is not partisan. He said he is equally critical of both political parties for their inability to resolve their differences and pass legislation in the best interests of all Americans.

"I'm not playing partisan games," he said. "I'm very disillusioned with how the Republican Party functions."

Mike Browning, a veteran and chairman of the Golden Isles Veterans Council, said he disagrees with Kilgore's use of an inverted flag on a public announcement.

Browning was elected to the District 1 Glynn County Commission post as a Republican.

"The flag should not get caught up in a protest," Browning said. "We have redress for the problems we have in this country, and it works quite well."



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