‘Don’t Tread On Me’ license plate sales tell tale of the times

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Pundits keep giving the tea party last rites, but if sales of a Virginia specialty license plate are any indication, it’s not only alive and kicking but growing in popularity.

Based on the Gadsden flag popular at tea party events, the plate depicts a coiled snake with the words, “Don’t tread on me,” on a bright yellow background.

Keith Freeman

Keith Freeman. Photo credit: The Virginia-Pilot

“I’m seeing them everywhere now,” said Virginia Beach resident and Hampton Roads Tea Party Chairman Keith Freeman, who has the plate on his pickup truck, according to The Virginia-Pilot.

Although the plate has only been available for 20 months, it’s become one of the most requested items at state Department of Motor Vehicles offices, according to The Pilot. By the end of November, nearly 22,000 Virginia vehicles had the plate, making it the ninth most popular among 200 available.

The Pilot reported:

And the numbers look even better when compared with other, newer license plate styles.

Among specialty tags approved in the past five years, “Don’t Tread on Me” lags behind only the “In God We Trust” national motto plate, visible on roughly 23,500 cars.

Virginia isn’t alone in offering the “Don’t Tread On Me” plates. Arizona, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina and, of course, Texas have their own versions.

“It is a symbol of frustration … a symbol of disgust with the government,” David Dwyer, a past chairman of the Hampton Roads Tea Party, said. He has the plates on two of his vehicles.

Other Virginia politically-themed plates indicate a swing to the right. Although there are 1,600 “Trust Women/Respect Choice” plates on the roads there, more than three times that number are “Choose Life” plates.

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  • GuidoFL

    I really hope this goes on sale in FL. I’ll be the first in line.

    • Press Watchusa

      What kind of idiots vote this comment down?
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      If I could give it two likes I would!

      • GuidoFL

        The same idiots that gave Obama another 4 years, LOL !

        • Wesley

          Hello! I am doing a school research paper and collecting random statistics. Are you a christian?

  • MarcusWoodson

    I’d like to buy one here in Washington, put it on an electric car and drive around Seattle

    • George A

      Marcus, do you really think the LIBTURDS on the west side of the mountains would allow a licenses plate like that to be available in Washington? I for one would buy two. Now if you really wanted to tick off the homosexual mayor and the LIBTURDS put a NRA decal on your car. Another WA resident.

      • Billy Bumtrip

        I HAVE an NRA sticker on my truck and I live in Seattle. The hippies leave me alone.

        • George A

          Probably the think you are packin so they know better than mess with you.

        • Wesley

          Hi, I am doing a school research paper and collecting random statistics. Are you a Christian?

      • Ole Man

        Libturds? Really?
        ROFL.
        You are disturbed.

        • Michelle

          oh, sorry, Barrybaggers then.

          • Ole Man

            At least that one is intelligent! Hadn’t heard it. :)

      • Wesley

        I am doing a school research paper and collecting random statistics. Are you a christian?

  • Drake_Burrwood

    I’m in Missouri I’m waiting for mine to come in at the license bureau.

  • TAG

    it’s a symbol of frustration AND a means of identification!
    UNICOR is the prison labor fueled for-profit industry that is (likely) producing these for you..

    Beware what you wear on your sleeve.

    • RE Hafner

      Either act like you have a pair of balls or lose them. Northern Virginia is nothing but a food stamp welfare state. Either the remainder of the state grows a pair and gets out to vote in force or you will suffer the consequences. Just look as California, is that they was the folks from Virginia want to go? Of course Northern Virginia does.

      • franko35758

        check out northern Arkansas.
        all welfare, food stamps and a bunch of hog farms.

        • RE Hafner

          The hog farm folks work for a living.

      • mike

        I live in South Eastern Virginia.That part of our state that you mentioned oddly enough happens to be where the wealthy and the D.C. politicians live. If you want to see broke people check out eastern shore sometimes. just recently some residents had outhouses and no running water in their homes. Nothing changed until the news broadcasts came in and those sorry bastards in running Virginia got off their asses and did what they were elected to for them.

        • RE Hafner

          Drove through Arlington a few years ago, reminded of the poverty section of Ethiopia.

      • J. C. Smith

        Robert E Lee said in 1861 that Virginia north of Rappahannock could not be held. He was right. NOVA (Northern VA) is a whole different animal than ROVA (rest of VA).

    • edinvestor1

      And prisoners shouldn’t do something useful?

  • https://twitter.com/kerrysforehead John Kerry’s Forehead

    Then why does VA vote blue? Answer: Electoral Fraud

    • mike

      That was kenny boy cuccinelli’s little folly that failed if there were any fraud in Va.

    • yak_disqus

      RINO RNC hung Cuccinelli’s campaign out to dry, cutting funds… Cuccinelli should never have listened to his “consultants” from the mainstream in DC. Despite the “help” once he fired those guys and got back to his roots, he came very close. The RINOs are Inept.
      McAuliffe’s money – about 2/3 of it – came from out of state. Now, he has a bit of a problem. The House of Delegates is controlled by Republicans. It will be a challenging 4 years, to say the least.

      • J. C. Smith

        Don’t forget that the dems financed the Libertarian candidate here, too, sucking away votes from Cucinelli.

        • https://twitter.com/kerrysforehead John Kerry’s Forehead

          Libertarians and Conservatives aren’t that far of on ideology and should ban together in cases like this to eliminate those who want to destroy the USA.

  • mike

    The poo idiots, no matter what they think or how they feel about politics they will be seen by both parties especially the so called Tea Party as nothing but a bunch of easy suckers for votes and money. Use your heads and think as to why all of a sudden are these plates available and of all places from the state run agencies that mark your property and forces you to buy markers to travel . ironic how the states just happened to offer those plates that people use as anti-establishment symbols.Anything for a dollar, they’d sell swastikas on plates if they thought it wold bring them extra revenue.

    • Washington22

      “so called”? The mention of The Tea Party or Sarah Palin makes diapers necessary for you lib-turds, otherwise you wouldn’t constantly bash out of sheer- fear…………….It’s a hoot to watch………keep it up, we need a laugh now and then until we can get rid of O’hate-me and genuinely be happy again…………

    • Drake_Burrwood

      The funny thing is most people don’t realize “don’t tread on me” is pro-establishment, just a different understanding of the term.
      We are the fangs of the serpent, It was the creation of our country’s Marine General when they still had that rank.

  • Gregory Mertz

    It is a great License Plate. I almost got one, but I liked “In God We Trust” better.

    • Washington22

      I like yours better, too. Blessings to you, Greg.

    • Billy Bumtrip

      Amen

    • Doug

      Nah. Don’t tread is more hateful. That’s what we like.

      • Gregory Mertz

        I don’t agree with, like, or prefer hate.

    • mike

      As we should. You made a wise choice sir.Some sneeky politicians figured out how to use the poor, pissed off masses for money once again and the ones that got those plates fell for it.

      • Drake_Burrwood

        Oh.. Horror of Horrors, do you mean I spent $15, for an image based on the Gladsden Marine battle standard. And now they know that I admire persons willing to place their life and body, in between those who would do our Neighbors, States and Country, Life and Liberty harm and their victims.

        -Run.. Oh, run for the bushes.-

        Avoid as much as possible being in line of sight with the bushes and the Political Active Shooters they aren’t empty.

        • mike

          The point is why would the ones that the symbol is directed against, all of a sudden advocate the sale and distribution of such anti-tyrannical symbol? Think about it.

          • Drake_Burrwood

            ;^) I’m sure there is some of that.. people being people. But I suspect they’re also hoping that those who get those symbols Will feel supportive of the source.
            Since in our country authority is distributed, federel, state, local, courts, legislature, executive..

            The question this battle standard raises is not who do you fight against, it’s who do you raise or follow it for.

  • Doug

    It’s becoming such a force that the state voted blue for Governor.

    • capers2

      Due to all the freeloaders in NOVA, Norfolk and VA Beach. Yep…All of those on the dole expect everyone else to support them.

      • Gregory Mertz

        I live in NOVA. I am no freeloader sir. There are some high income areas in NOVA, Norfolk, and VA Beach. There are also blue collar working class there. I think you may have the wrong idea about most Virginians. On the other hand, 2014 is a new year, and hopeful that VA will go red, continue Red into 2016… and so on.

        • 848484

          HELLLO, 50% OF THE STATE WORK FOR EITHER THE STATE OR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. NOW JUST WHICH PARTY DO YOU THINK THEY ARE GOING TO SUPPORT?

          • Gregory Mertz

            Listen, I am with you. But I am saying not ALL NOVA(ians) are free loaders. There are some hardworking people here that deserve respect. On your note, the numbers are 27%. sadly – Many more will vote blue. But to say it is because of free loaders in Nova and VA Beach?

          • 848484

            I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT FREE LOADERS. I’M JUST SAYING THE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYES TOO MANY PEOPLE AND THE LIBERALS WILL NEVER CUT THE PAYROLL OR REDUCE BENEFITS. SO THEY VOTE LIBERAL AND SO DO ALL THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

          • mike

            All of the people who use labels like,” liberal” and degrading people and doing exactly what the wealthy gang wants.Congratulations, all of you are at each others throats and supporting these evil bastards that can’t stand you.Sounds like Satin himself is directing politics here so keep up the nasty attitudes toward the unfortunate who actually work for a living instead of some richy rich congressman or senator that would cross the street rather than face you oncoming.Divide and Conquer my fellow Virginians, keep them rich and powerful boys.

        • capers2

          I’ve lived in parts of Annandale, Springfield, Alexandria and Arlington where I could not walk alone at night (and still couldn’t). That’s why I moved to Central Va. to get away from the mess. Yes, there are some “high income areas” and “Blue collar working class” as well. But everyone neglects the other areas because they never lived there so they don’t exist. Fortunately, I live in a community where we have neighborhood watch and nearly all of us carry. No crime, everyone watches out for everyone else…and yes, we have hopes that Va will go red in 2014/16. But as long as everyone, in those areas of concentration, think they’re going to lose all of their “free” stuff they’re going to get conned into voting blue again (along with gullible centrists).

      • mike

        If you feel like that, just go and see how much the wealthy two percent would accept you into their dirty little country clubs.They’d love your blind, slandering support because that is all they have these days.Jindal was right in calling them, ”The Stupid Party” last year …

        • capers2

          Mike..I don’t give a rats @*s*s* about the “wealthy two percent”. I grew up just above the poverty line. I retired (enlisted) from the USN and had to live in sub-standard housing nearly the entire time due to the great compensation we supposedly received. I work for a living and many are tired of working to support those who professionally DO NOT work for a living. Is that plain enough for you to understand? Socialism – redistributing the wealth from those that work to those that do not. Explain to me Mike, in your words, how that is not stealing…Are you not taxed enough already???

  • Washington22

    Oh, yeah! American spirit on the rise, waiting for the opportunity to strike…………

  • StanSki

    I’m not part of the Tea Party. The Tea Party is part of ME. Ever since it was usurped by ‘ringers’ from the Republican party, it has become watered down. Many of its original principles still stand, but when you let Palin, Limbaugh, Buchanan or other celebrities do the talking for you, it waters down the true intent that this is a party of the average person. Not some millionaires and well-knowns who use the platform to gain media exposure. Will they be out there in the trenches risking death when this whole thing really kicks into gear? I don’t trust them to do so, not one bit.

    • Doug

      Stan will be there in full force.