“Don’t Tread On Me #Freedom”
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The History of “Don’t 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 Gazettin 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?