DeSantis Defies PC, Backs Gadsden Flag

Liberals erupt.

It’s nice to know the left is open about their hatred of America’s founding.

FNC: “NPR reported on Wednesday that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ tweet of a new Florida license plate with the Gadsden flag has “reopened the debate” over the flag’s controversy.

Scott Neuman’s report claimed that, despite the famous “Don’t Tread on Me” flag existing since the founding of the nation, it is now associated with “far-right extremist ideology.”


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“The imagery of the Revolutionary War-era Gadsden flag dates to Benjamin Franklin but has, for many, come to symbolize a far-right extremist ideology and the ‘Stop the Steal’ movement that sought to overturn the 2020 presidential election results,” NPR reporter Scott Neuman wrote.

“It’s become clear that the flag has been used for some ‘really awful’ causes, most notably the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, where violent protesters attacked police as part of an effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election,” Neuman wrote.

NPR’s tweet on the article read, “Gov. Ron DeSantis said a new Florida license plate featuring the Revolutionary War-era Gadsden flag sends a ‘clear message to out-of-state cars.’ Critics say it symbolizes a dangerous far-right extremist ideology.”

However, give the reporter credit for this, “Extreme or not, First Amendment scholars such as Eugene Volokh of the UCLA School of Law say the Gadsden flag and the ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ motto are legitimate — and protected — speech, whether they are on a flag waving inside the besieged U.S. Capitol or on a vehicle license plate heading down a Florida highway.”

Other Democrats, of course, referenced their feelings. “I don’t think it’s appropriate,” Kansas Senate minority leader Dinah Sykes said. “When I see that, whether it’s a flag or a license plate … it’s not a good feeling for me.”

In related news, a Yahoo Movies UK article, titled “Chris Pratt criticized for ‘white supremacist’ T-shirt,” said: “Although it is one of the symbols and flags used by the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team, Metallica, as well as some libertarian groups, over the years the flag has been adopted by Far Right political groups like the Tea Party, as well as gun-toting supporters of the Second Amendment.” The poor Brits, they haven’t a clue about American politics.

The befuddled Brit droned on, “It has therefore become a symbol of more conservative and far right individuals and, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of the US, it also is ‘sometimes interpreted to convey racially-tinged messages in some contexts.'”

Ben Shapiro wasn’t on board, “Not every symbol of the early republic is a white supremacist symbol, unless you are a moron.”

Jonah Goldberg opined, “Shame on ⁦@Yahoo⁩ for this trash. A handful of dumb twitter comments isn’t a news story you click-baiting parasites. There nothing white supremacist about that T-shirt. It’s like everyone wants to be stupid and make everything worse.” Spot on.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 month ago

Need same plate nationwide

1 month ago

Nothing stopping you – except snarly stares from Karens ;) :) :)

1 month ago

Been displaying that sticker for years – some libs think its about preserving rattle snakes ;) :) :)