Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Chronology... And, Some Leftist BS...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

Interesting, from

Q: What is the Gadsden "Don't Tread on Me" flag?

A. (1775): A banner designed by Continental Col. Christopher Gadsden, using colonial rattlesnake imagery popularized by Benjamin Franklin, that accompanied the first-ever mission of the nascent U.S. Navy.

A. (1991): A song and album cover from Metallica.

A. (2004): A common sight at anti-Iraq War protests.

A. (2009): According to law enforcement officials, “the most common symbol displayed by militia members and organizations,” possibly indicative of “terrorist or criminal operations.”

A. (2009): According to anti-Tea Party commentators, a historical indicator of white resentment against blacks.

A. (2013): According to the mayor and the city council of New Rochelle, New York, a symbol so “offensive,” so drenched with “right-wing connotations,” that it must immediately be taken down from the New Rochelle Armory.

A. (February 2014): According to David Tinney, vice president of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters, the equivalent of the Confederate flag, and therefore reason to (successfully) agitate to remove it from a New Haven fire department’s flagpole.

A. (March 2014): According to Democratic strategist and daughter-of-the-House-minority-leader Christine Pelosi, a symbol to be re-appropriated in the service of defending the heavy-treading Affordable Care Act:

As ever, the richest symbolism is often in the eye of the beholder.


Via: Memeorandum


  1. If this is the chronology of the Gadsden flag, I would add early 2009, when the tea party usurped the symbology of this flag, formerly associated with Libertarians.

  2. It is funny to see how vacuous symbolism can be used and abused.


  3. Isn't it jmj. Especially by government and lunk heads. Oh, that's right, one in the same. :-)

  4. Flags can be rallying symbols. Flags can be controversial. To wit:

    "Anti-Russians display controversial US Confederate flag in Kiev
    PressTV ^ | Mar 7, 2014 | Caleb Maupin
    Posted on ‎3‎/‎7‎/‎2014‎ ‎12‎:‎30‎:‎30‎ ‎AM by Lattero
    This was the flag of slave holding states in the United States that seceded in 1861, causing Civil War. Today the symbol is used by the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazi groups, and other organizations who are hostile to African-Americans. For the last several decades, protests have continued, demanding that this flag not be displayed in public places. Many people were greatly disturbed to see that the Confederate Flag is now being displayed, not in the United States, but in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine. Larry Holmes, a civil rights activist in New York City, explained why the flag is so offensive. After Kiev was seized by US backed anti-Russia protesters, the confederate flag was displayed in city hall. Holmes says that this causes him to be very concerned about the new regime. Holmes is very concerned about the nature of the new, US backed government in Ukraine, which includes leaders who openly admire former German dictator Adolf Hitler. In the region of Crimea, much of the population has rejected the new government. Sections of the army have defected to form "Self-Defense Units." It is unclear what will happen next, as violence and instability continues in Ukraine."
    We wave them, we pledge allegiance to them, we burn them. The dog barks and the caravan moves on.

  5. Just as patriotism is the last vestige of a conservative scoundrel, accusing others of racism remains the last vestige of a progressive one (ironic in that some of the most virulent racists in England and America were the early progressives; John Maynard Keynes, Woodrow Wilson, H.G. Wells, Teddy Roosevelt, Margaret Sanger, etc.).

  6. .

    "Don't tread on my ObamaCare" ...

    Love the irony. And it will make a GREAT bumper sticker.

    Looks like the death knell of the TeaBaggers. It couldn't happen to a nicer group of hate filled losers.

    Ema Nymton

  7. Replies
    1. Derve, you are, a liar and a hypocrite. Your comments will no longer be published on this site. Any of them, regardless of content. You are no longer relevant.

  8. What a silly argument: Some people Will labels progressives had primitive racial views in the past hence progressives today can not note pervasive racism in conservatism today. And Les thinks those are true words!

    Rationalizing defensiveness, anyone?


  9. As jmj continues to remain confined to the narrow corridors of his progressive thinking. Thus avoiding more involved thought and thereby entirely missing the point.

    1. Jersey, my point was simply that conservative scoundrels play the patriotism card (I gather that you agree with that part of my point) and liberal scoundrels like Sharpton and Jackson play the race card. That's it; a simple down the middle assertion that most people would probably agree with.


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