Racism

Gadsden Flag: Too Racist for Government Buildings, But Just Right for Obamacare Propaganda!

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Terrorist racists, probably. |||

Q: What is the Gadsden "Don't Tread on Me" flag?

A. (1775): A banner designed by Continental Col. Christopher Gadsden, using colonial rattlesnake imagery popularized by Benjamin Franklin, that accompanied the first-ever mission of the nascent U.S. Navy.

A. (1991): A song and album cover from Metallica.

A. (2004): A common sight at anti-Iraq War protests.

A. (2009): According to law enforcement officials, "the most common symbol displayed by militia members and organizations," possibly indicative of "terrorist or criminal operations."

A. (2009): According to anti-Tea Party commentators, a historical indicator of white resentment against blacks.

Confederate dunces. |||

A. (2013): According to the mayor and the city council of New Rochelle, New York, a symbol so "offensive," so drenched with "right-wing connotations," that it must immediately be taken down from the New Rochelle Armory.

A. (February 2014): According to David Tinney, vice president of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters, the equivalent of the Confederate flag, and therefore reason to (successfully) agitate to remove it from a New Haven fire department's flagpole.

A. (March 2014): According to Democratic strategist and daughter-of-the-House-minority-leader Christine Pelosi, a symbol to be re-appropriated in the service of defending the heavy-treading Affordable Care Act:

Don't tread on the right of the federal government to suck up billions of dollars and spit them back out inefficiently while limiting your consumer choices and forcing you to pay for stuff you don't want to, bro! |||

As ever, the richest symbolism is often in the eye of the beholder.