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This can potentially be illegal to use or display, punishable by fines and imprisonment.
I don't think that's enforceable, considering the sheer amount of places you can buy any of these seals.
It'd be interesting to look at a case where someone has actually been prosecuted for it, though.
It is enforceable. Wether or not federal prosecutors think the case is worth the time and money, however, is another story. Typically a cease and desist letter is issued and that's the end of it.
Poor choice of words on my part. That's what I meant to say. Would anybody bother prosecuting it is what I was trying to get across.
It's unlikely unless there's she sort of fraud connected to it. But there's some irony to creating an patriotic emblem that breaks that laws of your nation.
I mean, in many countries that has often included national flags.
Which people flew to demonstrate patriotic allegiance to said country.
Not sure if it's relevant here, but I figured the Great Seals are the closest things the U.S. has to heraldry.
This seal is a mashup of the Seals of Congress, The President, and The Supreme Court. (Not that you can tell because they're all pretty same-y.)
Of the People, By the People, For the People is from the closing sentence of the Gettysburg Address by President Lincoln, which I think represents American Citizenry best.
The three stars on the bottom can represent a lot of things, like the three Branches, aforementioned phrase or many others.
I like to think they represent Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
It's not totally even because I'm not great with photoshop, but I like how it came out.
That thing in the middle of the seal is the US Coat of Arms. Heraldry is a thing in the US. It just isn't government regulated for citizens like in parts of Europe and elsewhere.
Yeah...I was thinking that heraldry is the closest thing the US has to heraldry.
The seals of Congress, Supreme Court and President each display the arms of the United States as they are equal co-branches of government.
Reminds me of military seals. A lot of folks I used to serve with would put the seal of the military branch they were in/currently in on their vehicle. So I guess in a way some US citizens are using a seal to represent themselves. Also consider the seal on the passport as a representative for an individual citizen. If I could make one suggestion to edit, it would be to remove the “seal of a..” and just let it be “Citizen of the United States of America.”
Interesting that you mention that, I decided to make this after I read a letter from President Obama, saw the seal of the POTUS on it and thought it would be funny if regular day citizens could put a seal on their correspondence and whatnot.
You're right though, it does look pretty military and I totally forgot about the passport thing as well.
Honestly, the "seal to represent TRUE PATRIOTS" leaves me a bit sketched out and wondering who this is intended to represent. I like my patriotism a bit more low key than that. Either way, this is a lot of symbols associated with the nation itself, rather than with an individual.
I think it should be seal of THE citizens ... better to represent the collective over individual.