We all know what the Gadsden flag is, right? I am just ensuring all of my readers understand the historical significance of this flag and its relevancy to the founding generation. All of this in light of the controversy it caused recently.
Who Flew the Gadsden Flag and Why?
The yellow Gadsden flag has the coiled-up timber rattlesnake bearing the saying, “Don’t Tread On Me.” (Modern versions add the apostrophe). What is your first impression when you see this image? To whom is this flag’s message being sent? Who flew this flag? When? Why? Common sense citizenship always asks these questions of any news story and does not let the media interpret the story or meaning for us.
This flag was flown during the American War for Independence. The colonists adopted this symbol to let the British know in today’s language, “Get off my lawn,” or “Don’t try anything stupid,” or “Bring it (and weep).”
What Is This Flag’s Historical Meaning?
Governor Jared Polis (D-CO) said this: “The Gadsden flag is a proud symbol of the American Revolution and (an) iconic warning to Britain or any government not to violate the liberties of Americans.”
That is the historical meaning of the Gadsden flag. So, what do you do if you see someone wearing a Gadsden flag symbol on their person or possessions? Of course, you can use this as a conversation starter-not that you have to agree with their purpose, but to find out why they chose this particular symbol.
One thing is for sure: if this flag is appropriated for any other meaning, it might be wise to respectfully speak up about our founding generation’s unity and courage to stand up to the British for the freedoms we enjoy. That’s how we keep the truth of our founding alive today.
This is Common Sense Civics and Citizenship. 🇺🇸
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