The Gadsden Flag has long been a symbol of our nation's proud heritage and resolve. Also known as the Don't Tread On Me Flag
, it sends a clear message to friends and enemies alike that we will not be taken advantage of and will be respected! They've become popular again with the rise of the 2009 Tea Party Protests, but there's so much more to these flags.
The flag's origin is traced back to the Revolutionary War and a colonel in the Continental Army named Christopher Gadsden. He presented it to the commander-in-chief of the Navy to be used as his personal standard. It gained wide popularity during the Revolutionary War as symbol of the United States new found independence from Great Britain.
Widely considered one of the first flags of the United States, the Don't Tread On Me Flag was eventually replaced with the current Stars and Stripes. It is now seen as a symbol of patriotism, even when that patriotism is in the form of disagreement with our government. Don't Tread On Me
is a powerful statement that tells everyone to beware. Our enemies will find us strong and resilient, and willing to fight for our freedoms. Those that think that big government and big spending is the answer will find us fighting back and looking for change.
Since September 11th, 2001, the Don't Tread On Me Flag has flown proudly on all our Naval ships around the world. It has also become a popular symbol of the unrest in America today with the government's interference with our day to day lives. If you're against wasteful spending, and you're against big government, then the Gadsden flag
is for you.
Despite what some people might tell you, it is patriotic to stand up against your government if you feel they are acting wrongly. Even the best people sometimes go astray, and sometimes the wrong people are voted into office. It's up to America to tell them what we need and guide our country to a bright future. If you're willing to stand up for what you believe in, grab your don't tread on me flag and get marching!