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The American Independent Party has kept alive the best of the American principles which have largely been abandoned by the Democrat and Republican parties. The American Independent Party of California has been continually ballot qualified since January, 1968. Over the years, it has been affiliated with several national party efforts. From 1991-2008, the A.I.P. was the California affiliate of the U.S. Taxpayers Party (Constitution Party.) As a viable ballot-qualified party in California, the most populous state in the Union, the American Independent Party has an opportunity to play an important
role in the restructuring of the nation's political system. The American Independent Party has survived for over a quarter of a century because the party has had effective leaders, along with a popular platform, emphasizing respect for life, fiscal responsibility, a reduced role of government in people's lives, reduction of the tax burden, control of crime, protection of American businesses, workers, and farmers from unfair foreign competition, and an America first non-interventionist foreign policy." - from Party website, where you can also see the Party flag, adopted 30th August 1970.
Valentin Poposki, 29 January 2009
Nothing about the design, though the cardinal directions obviously refer to the rhyming motto, the only part of the flag statute cited: "No North, No South, No East, No West - One Great Nation, Heaven Blessed!" (which last two words
should have been hyphenated.) Obviously an attempt to combat the AIP's public perception as only a Southern regional party, which it was at its inception but became less so as it became less relevant.
The flag is turquoise, with a turquoise St. George's cross fimbriated orange-red, the gold letters N-E-S-W in each arm of the cross, at the very edges of the flag. Overall a filled-in blue eagle with arrows, no olive branch (unsurprisingly) and a ribbon bearing name of party in white caps in its beak (looks a little like the NRA eagle). I would have expected something more explicitly Confederate-looking, but as I said they may have been trying to build nationwide support.