The Gadsen flag, its yellow background highlighting the uniquely American phrase, “Don’t Tread on Me,” is under a direct attack by the city council in one New York community.
Effectively displayed by many in the Tea Party movement, who use its message as a rallying cry, New Rochelle council members recently voted to ban a local veterans organization from displaying the flag.
Reports indicate the city manager initially wanted to let the group fly the flag after one council member expressed his displeasure with the display. Ultimately, in a 5 to 2 vote, the council decided to force its removal anyway.
Responding to allegations he wants to use the flag to support his own involvement with the Tea Party, the group’s president stated no one in the organization is a Tea Party member, though he described himself as a “proud Republican.”
Not satisfied with merely stripping a group’s freedom to display a flag at an armory, council members reportedly hurled insults comparing the flag to graffiti and even the Nazi flag.
The fallacy of thought expressed by this city’s leaders is not lost on Thomas More Law Center president Richard Thompson.
His firm has been retained to present the veterans group’s case and he expertly skewered the illogical decision.
“Using the city council’s reasoning, they would remove the Stars and Stripes from flagpoles because both Democrat and Republican parties, as well as most political candidates, use the Stars and Stripes in their campaign messaging,” he said.
This outrageous decision is indicative of a much larger problem that has long stymied those on the right.
Any paraphernalia connected to a conservative individual or group is so roundly and rapidly demonized by the knee-jerk liberal crowd, the mere invocation of an otherwise worthy phrase is seen as somehow hateful and unacceptable.
Conservatives, by nature and necessity, are notoriously independent, which means the left has a stark advantage in initiating such attacks.
So-called progressives describe themselves as tolerant, though they have expertly bastardized the word to mean something altogether different.
In reality, conservatives tolerate – if not endorse – opposing ideas and behavior far more than leftists. Vindictive rulings such as the one made in this case prove how intolerant the lunatic left can be.