A Fort Worth Business owner is sending a distress signal. Along south I-35 between Everman and Risinger there's an American Flag flying upside down outside her business.
Cynthia Benton says she spent 6 to $7,000 putting in her 60-foot flag pole. She says loves the flag. But she doesn't love what's happening to the country. "I just feel bad for the flag just like I feel bad for the country," Benton said. "It is an outcry of the danger our country is in," she added.
Benton says the 8 x 12 foot American flag is new. It just arrived by mail Thursday. The idea to fly it upside down has been brewing a lot longer. "The money they're spending. Well, we just don't have it. I think they're destroying our country," Benton said.
Upside down, the red, white and blue attracted immediate attention. But it only made Barry Leonard see red. Leonard marched into Benton's office during our television interview. "I'm a Vietnam Vet and I'd like to know why you're flying the flag upside down," Leonard demanded.
It also set off a conflict at a Fort Worth VFW. "The only time you fly a flag like that is if you have a distress situation at that time. You don't fly it for the whole country as a distress signal," Edward Ferrell said.
Benton aligns herself with taxpayers and tea parties. She proudly displays the picture of the masses who attended the Taxpayers March on Washington on 9-12 last year. "I just felt proud and excited and glad to be a part of that group," Benton said.
She and her husband started their company, selling and repairing generators, 16 years ago. She's run it by herself the last five. But with work in a slump, the only thing she sees in need of repair is the government. "I don't think the government's paying us any attention at all." Flying the flag upside down is all she says she can do. And she'll fly it that way as long as she believes the country is in distress.
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