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A Modern Look At "Don't Tread On Me"

The phrase “Don't Tread On Me” has a long tradition and is a key part of America's history. It's important for Americans to never forget their history as it helps guide us and teaches us how to make good decisions for ourselves and our country in the future. If you're looking to make a statement against government policies that you don't agree with and lead a new revolution in our country today, the famous Gadsden Flag is perfect for you.

The Gadsden “Don't Tread On Me” flag first appeared in the earliest days of American history, during the Revolutionary War. It served as a strong reminder to Great Britain that the U.S. Colonies should not be taken lightly, and it also helped to unite the colonists. Some versions, like Ben Franklin's famous cartoon, showed the rattlesnake broken into fragments, and called colonists to Join or Die. Without the unity and support of all Americans, the war surely would never have been won.

The Don't Tread On Me Rattlesnake became far less common after the Revolution, and were mostly seen in text books and museums until recently. This all changed in the last 10 years, particularly after September 11th, 2001. After the attacks, the U.S. Military took up the flag as a warning to all the terrorists that target the U.S. It is now flown on all active naval ships the world over.

But sometimes the enemy isn't from the outside, but from within. Sometimes we need to remind our own government – Don't Tread On Me! Gadsden flags have had a huge resurgence in 2009, with the start of the Tea Party Protests. Those protesting big government, big spending and the stimulus packages needed a symbol to rally around. The perfect message came from our own history – Don't Tread On Me.

If you're tired of sitting around watching everything you love about America crumble, and if you're looking for a way to protest, look no further than the Gadsden flag. Let everyone know where you stand, loud and proud!

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