Skip to comments.Gadsden Flags Flying Off the Shelves in Support of the Tea Party Tax Protest
Posted on 05/09/2009 12:21:19 PM PDT by Comparative Advantage
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I wish we could document how many “young heads full of mush” Rush has educated and set loose.
I was always a conservative, but I learned a lot from Rush in his early days.
How about the ‘Culpepper’ Flag Folks?
In December 1775, “An American Guesser” anonymously wrote to the Pennsylvania Journal:
“I observed on one of the drums belonging to the marines now raising, there was painted a Rattle-Snake, with this modest motto under it, ‘Don’t tread on me.’ As I know it is the custom to have some device on the arms of every country, I supposed this may have been intended for the arms of America.”
This anonymous writer, having “nothing to do with public affairs” and “in order to divert an idle hour,” speculated on why a snake might be chosen as a symbol for America.
First, it occurred to him that “the Rattle-Snake is found in no other quarter of the world besides America.”
The rattlesnake also has sharp eyes, and “may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance.” Furthermore,
“She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage. ... she never wounds ‘till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of treading on her.” Finally,
“I confess I was wholly at a loss what to make of the rattles, ‘till I went back and counted them and found them just thirteen, exactly the number of the Colonies united in America; and I recollected too that this was the only part of the Snake which increased in numbers. ...
“’Tis curious and amazing to observe how distinct and independent of each other the rattles of this animal are, and yet how firmly they are united together, so as never to be separated but by breaking them to pieces. One of those rattles singly, is incapable of producing sound, but the ringing of thirteen together, is sufficient to alarm the boldest man living.”
Many scholars now agree that this “American Guesser” was Benjamin Franklin.
Limbaugh makes a fortune by pandering to fear and anger. (And, yes, I do occasionally listen to him. He convinced me years ago to join the pro-life movement. But, now, he just spews for hours to the head-bobbing “say it, brother” crowd.)
I urge everyone to think for themselves.
The hope/change crowd is winning, because liberals feel while conservatives are supposed to think. When they stop thinking and start feeling, the socialists win.
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