December 10, 2010 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Domestic Extremism,Extremism-General

For many Americans, the Gadsden flag has come to symbolize "patriotism" and "political activism." For others, it is a sign of “rebellion” or “resistance toward government.” Battle flags featuring rattlesnakes and defiant slogans such as “Live Free or Die” and “Don’t Tread On Me” had their purpose during the French and Indian War as well as the American Revolution. America is no longer fighting for its independence or trying to thwart foreign nations that occupy our land. Such phrases and symbols are totally at odds with modern-day democratic principles. It is not patriotic. It does not show national pride. Using the Gadsden flag may be appropriate for historians, collect