DONT TREAD ON ME
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The History of "Dont Tread On Me"
During the fall of 1775, General George Washington established the United States Navy to fight the British in the American Revolution. Our ships were used to intercept incoming British ships carrying war supplies to their troops in the colonies. We would deprive the tyrants of their supplies and use them to supply our Continental Army. To help the Navy capture British ships, the Second Continental Congress authorized the creation of five companies of Marines. The first Marines were enlisted from Philadelphia. The first Marines carried drums painted yellow that depicted a coiled rattlesnake with thirteen rattles, and the motto "Don't Tread On Me." This is the first recorded mention of "Don't Tread On Me."
Continental Colonel Christopher Gadsden, who was one of three members of the Marine Committee who were outfitting the first naval mission, created and designed the motto: "Don't Tread On Me."
Before the first naval mission in 1775, Colonel Gadsden presented the first Commander-in-Chief of the Navy, Esek Hopkins, with the now famous yellow flag. Gadsden also presented a copy of this flag to the South Carolina legislature in Charleston, SC in 1776.
The first reference to the rattlesnake was in a satirical commentary published by Benjamin Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette in 1751. It had been the policy of Britain to send convicted criminals to America, so Franklin suggested that they thank the British by sending rattlesnakes to England.
The motto sometimes includes an apostrophe in the word "Don't" and sometimes does not. Early written discussions uniformly include an apostrophe; however, as early as 1917 a flag reference book includes a picture of a version without the apostrophe
"Dont Tread On Me" indicated that the colonists were ready to defend their God-given rights and freedoms. The Declaration of Independence listed 27 laws that the British Parliament passed to dismantle American liberty. The American Revolution officially began after the British attacked an armory in Concord, MA to destroy our ammunition and guns. When the British decided to infringe on our right to bear arms, there were no further questions regarding their intentions in the colonies.
We choose to feature the Marines motto, "Dont Tread On Me," on our shirts as a constant reminder that freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. Unless we take a stand to demand that steps are taken to secure our future, we will be the last generation to live the truly exceptional American experience. The Declaration of Independence promises the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Obama administration and voters have placed an obstacle in our path that impedes future protection of these unalienable rights.
The state of affairs in the United States is abandoning our bedrock principles, and instead, embracing the comfortable but deceptive ideals of moral relativism, victim identification, and outcome equivalence. It is our duty as defenders of freedom and the constitutional republic to advocate a government of less federal spending to avoid a certain doomsday. Every generation has their battle, and defending this Constitutional Republic and uplifting the poor and middle-class by reestablishing a land of freedom will be ours. This problem is real, and the fight for freedom has begun, what are you doing about it?
Here are the grievances of our Founders in 1776 against King George III and the British Parliament:
"The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people."