A New York veterans group really doesn’t like to be tread on.
The United Veterans Memorial & Patriotic Association of New Rochelle, N.Y., is suing after the city removed the group’s flag from its post below the Stars and Stripes at an armory on a municipal park, according to the New Rochelle Journal News.
According to the paper, the council’s Democratic majority objected to the flag, a coiled snake with the words “Don’t tread on me” beneath it, because it has been adopted as a symbol of the tea party.
You can understand why they wouldn’t like it.
For most liberals, of course, history begins daily when the theme song of “Morning Edition” starts on NPR. But the more sophisticated of the bunch probably understand that the story of the “don’t tread on me” banner – known as the Gadsden flag – goes back to colonial days, when the rattlesnake’s sections symbolized the 13 colonies, the snake’s strike was what patriots were prepared to do for the cause of liberty, and that the message was directed at would-be tyrants.
They know that history is why it’s become a symbol of the conservative resurgence in American politics after Barack Obama’s election in 2008. That the tea party sprang up because a “progressive” president and an irresponsible Democrat majority in Congress were making a priority out of running roughshod over the Republican minority and the rights of individual Americans.
And being libs, knowing all that was enough for them to ban it.
Or try to. The vets are fighting back. They’re seeking a court order permitting the association to fly the Gadsden flag again on city property and “nominal and compensatory damages.”
The flag’s point, the suit says, is freedom, not politics.
“Contrary to defendants’ unfounded, subjective (and incorrect) belief, plaintiffs’ intended purpose in flying the Gadsden flag below the Stars and Stripes at the armory was and is not to make a statement in support of the Tea Party,” the lawsuit says. Instead, it’s to “honor the veterans who have served and died for our country under the rattlesnake image and the words ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ since the American Revolution.
According to the vets, they didn’t even have any tea party members before the council tried to ban the Gadsden flag. Thanks to the council’s high-handed ways, they probably will now.
New Rochelle’s libs picked the wrong people to tread on.
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