Symbolism behind the Gadsden flag.

The rattlesnake was an early symbol of the United States. Although I like the Stars and Stripes, I have to admit Bonhomme Richard’s  analogy of the country is still dead on.

“I recollected that her eye excelled in brightness, that of any other animal, and that she has no eye-lids—She may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance.—She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage.—As if anxious to prevent all pretensions of quarreling with her, the weapons with which nature has furnished her, she conceals in the roof of her mouth, so that, to those who are unacquainted with her, she appears to be a most defenseless animal; and even when those weapons are shewn and extended for her defense, they appear weak and contemptible; but their wounds however small, are decisive and fatal:—Conscious of this, she never wounds till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of stepping on her.—Was I wrong, Sir, in thinking this a strong picture of the temper and conduct of America?”

5 Replies to “Symbolism behind the Gadsden flag.”

  1. Ben Franklin suggested the turkey. The man’s mind could see though centuries of time, it would appear, no more fitting symbol for TODAY’S America exists.




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