I have to hand it to members of the United Veterans Memorial & Patriotic Association for standing up as role models of patience and fortitude. They’re a lot more tolerant than I would have been in their situation.
You probably didn’t hear it from the mainstream media, but the vets were told — no, actually they were “ordered” — by the New Rochelle, NY, City Council to remove their Gadsden flag from the pole where it has flown outside the New Rochelle Armory after “unidentified complaints.”
A call to city offices revealed the complaints came from members of the council, not residents.
It seems some confused souls on the council believe the Gadsden flag, which features a coiled snake and the phrase “Don’t tread on me,” is a symbol of the Tea Party, which we all know is the bogeyman that makes liberals wake up in a screaming cold sweat at night.
The city manager had initially ordered the flag removal after the complaints, but reversed his decision after the vet group’s president, Peter Parente, sent him information on the historic significance of the flag, which has been flown by the Navy and Marines since the American Revolution. A variation called the First Navy Jack has been flown on U.S. ships for at least the last decade.
So last week, the council voted 5-2 to overrule the city manager, saying the flag was offensive and partisan and comparing the Gadsden flag to the “gay pride” rainbow flag, graffiti and the Nazi flag.
The vote, as you can guess, was along party lines, with Democrats voting in favor of ignorance of history. It’s interesting (and more than a little amusing) that in their effort to eliminate a “Tea Party symbol” they were even willing to compare gay pride to Nazism, but then liberals do some funny things when they get desperate.
While some Tea Partiers do like the Gadsden flag because of its historical reference and its ‘tude, it’s hardly an official symbol, any more than the hammer and sickle or the likeness of Che Guevara are official symbols of Democrats. Still, I can see where low-information elected officials might get confused.
As usual when Democrats have no facts to go on, they made it personal and accused Parente of being a member of the Tea Party, which he says is not true. (Part of me hopes the accusation was made with pointed finger and high-pitched screams of “Tea Party!” because that would just be priceless. I wonder if the Democrat council members had to change their underwear upon viewing the Gadsden flag?)
While it’s a healthy thing that Democrats should fear the Tea Party, it seems the New Rochelle City Council, like any group of children, could use a time out, not to mention a vocabulary lesson about the meaning of the word “offensive.”
Now pay attention, class. These are examples of things that are “offensive”:
Melissa Harris-Perry saying, “This isn’t about me wanting to take your kids, and this isn’t even about whether children are property. This is about whether we as a society, expressing our collective will through our public institutions, including our government, have a right to impinge on individual freedoms in order to advance a common good.” That’s offensive.
Bill Maher saying, “This is the problem with the gun debate is that it’s a constant center-right debate. There’s no left in this debate. Everyone on the left is so afraid to say what should be said which is the Second Amendment is bulls—t. Why doesn’t anyone go at the core of it?” That’s offensive.
Vice Joe Biden making monkey faces and saying, “We’re going to swoop down and gather up every gun.” That’s offensive.
A group of liberal tyro legislators comparing the Gadsden flag to the flag of the Nazis, a product of the Left, and then confiscating said Gadsden flag like a bunch of Nazis because they’re afraid of the Tea Party. That’s offensive.