Thought I might take a minute to tell you a little bit about our logo. If you’re a student of the Constitution, then you’ve probably already got some idea of what it stands for, but I’ll go through the elements.
Crossed quill and pistol
These symbolize the First and Second Amendments to the Constitution. I would argue that these are probably two of the most important (if not the most important) amendments to the Constitution. The First Amendment states:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
People tend to pick and choose their favorite parts of this amendment, but the entire thing is important. For our purposes, the freedoms to speak, assemble, and petition the government are so incredibly crucial to ensuring that citizens can call out the government when they are pushing the boundaries of their Constitutional authorities and violating the rights enshrined in the Constitution.
The Second Amendment states:
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
I go more into what these two lines mean here, but the short version is that the Founding Fathers intended the citizenry to be armed both to defend the country from external invaders, but also to defend the country from an oppressive government.
During the ancient Roman empire, when a slave was freed, they would be given a cap called the pileus that symbolized that freedom. Over time, the pielus was conflated with the Greek phrygian cap, and the phrygian cap came to symbolize freedom. It is also found on the seal of the U.S. Senate.
The “76” and “91” stand for 1776, the year of the Declaration of Independence, and 1791, the year that the Bill of Rights was ratified.
The color green is associated with hope in heraldry.