"Journal of the South Carolina Provincial Congress, 9 February 1776: "Col. Gadsden presented to the Congress an elegant standard, such as is to be used by the commander in chief of the American navy; being a yellow field, with a lively representation of a rattle-snake in the middle, in the attitude of going to strike, and these words underneath, "DON'T TREAD ON ME!""
"An Arizona man is in trouble with his homeowners' association over flying the Gadsden flag, which features a coiled rattlesnake and the words "Don't Tread on Me.""
"Arizona has a state statute that allows Arizonans to fly "the Stars and Stripes, the state flag, flags representing Indian nations as well as the official flags of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard," the Times reports. McDonel's homeowners' association is strictly interpreting that law to ban the flying of any other flags, including the Gadsden."
First of all, it's none of the State's business. And the homeowner's association, even if they deprecate most relevant anachronisms, is in for a treat.
If they don't like the Gadsen flag, a true historical flag of the United States and her armed services, they're gonna hate the Navy jack.
For a long time this old official flag of the United States Navy was kept in official use as the ensign of the oldest commissioned ship in the Navy (excepting of course the USS Constitution). Typically this is the oldest carrier in the fleet, as they're kept going for a very long time. But as of 2002 ALL ships of the fleet fly the "first navy jack"!
So, to busibody HOA board members, fellow citizens, and liberty-loving people everywhere, I have one thing to say. Always remember, every day, that the Start Spangled Banner is posed as a question. Answer it!
My answer for tomorrow will begin with hanging of the Gadsen flag in the morning sun.
[And today's answer is that I popped over to PayPal to send cash!]