Flying proudly for 240 years,
The Gadsden flag is a historical American flag with a yellow field depicting a rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike. Positioned below the rattlesnake are the words “Don’t tread on me.”
The flag is named after American general and statesman Christopher Gadsden (1724–1805), who designed it in 1775 during the American Revolution. It was also used by the Continental Marines as an early motto flag, along with the Moultrie Flag.
Despite stories to the contrary, I cannot confirm that Obama, in a speech to the NAACP, recently declared his wish to ban this flag from federal property because it has been used by the so-called Tea Party.
The speech, as it appears on You Tube, seems to have no mention of the flag, according to commenters who viewed it. Speaking for myself, I cannot confirm or deny, because I can’t stomach even one minute of an Obama speech, much less 45 minutes of such torture.
As a matter of fact, the story most cited as a source in other stories itself cites a “story” datelined: Washington (ONN), which is The Onion, a satirical website.
Nevertheless, in the interest of thumbing our noses in Obama’s general direction, we shall fly the flag this day and remind him as well as progressives everywhere: “Don’t tread on us.”