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Gadsden License Plates for Indiana?

Monday, January 17th, 2011

An anonymous Hoosier tipped me off to the news that Indiana State Senator Mike Delph has introduced legislation, SB 115, to make a Gadsden flag license plate an official option for Indiana drivers. As the liberty-loving Hoosier writes, “we are very hopeful that the bill gets passed, especially since it will cost no more than the normal license plate.”

As mentioned in November of last year, Virginia’s congress is considering a Gadsden license plate. Now Texas is considering it too. All this has driven Jim Simpson of BigGovernment.com to ask, “Gadsden Flag License Plates: A Nationwide Movement?“.

Don’t Tread on Me License Plate

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

I wish I lived in Virginia!

The Tea Party group “912 Richmond Va” is sponsoring a custom license plate for Virginia with the Gadsden flag. Is this awesome, or what? I love it.

Don't Tread on Me Virginia License Plate

The bill to create the Don’t Tread on Me plate still needs to be passed by the legislature and be signed into law by the governor, and 350 Virginia residents need to pre-order to plate. I really wish I could be one of them. I’d send in the paperwork today.

Click to 912 Richmond Va for all the details. Thanks to Deborah Griffin for pointing this out to us.

NPR on the Gadsden Flag, Tea Partiers, and Timothy McVeigh

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

This afternoon NPR ran a segment on All Things Considered about the Gadsden Flag. They quoted my writing almost word-for-word without giving any credit. Much more annoying, though, was the left-wing slant in the reporting. (I know, I know. Why should I be surprised?)

They had this history professor talking about why the Gadsden isn’t an appropriate symbol for the Tea Party movement. You see, in 1775 the American Revolutionaries had a legitimate grievance: they had no representation in Parliament. But today the right-wing nuts in the Tea Party movement just disagree with the representatives they elected.

If the ring-wingers want an historical precedent, this professor explained, they should look to Shays’ Rebellion.

Don’t get me wrong, Shays’ Rebellion was a libertarian uprising. What was terribly annoying is that the NPR reporter and editor decided to devote about 1/3 of this segment on the Gadsden Flag to this professor talking about Timothy McVeigh’s second-hand reference to Shays’ Rebellion via the t-shirt he was wearing at the time he was arrested.

That’s right. Timothy McVeigh.

McVeigh was wearing a t-shirt quoting Thomas Jefferson, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Jefferson wrote that while commenting on Shays’ Rebellion.

This professor explained to the NPR audience that the Tea Party nuts should be referencing Shays’ Rebellion, not the Boston Tea Party or the Gadsden Flag (remember, this was supposed to be a piece about the Gadsden Flag) … just like their forebear Timothy McVeigh.

Gadsden flags flying in Russia

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

This is neat. There’s a nascent Tea Party movement in Russia! Boris Karpa sent me a link to a YouTube video from a Tea Party protest in Moscow and their site http://moscowteaparty.com/.

Gadsden flag in Moscow

Although I don’t read Russian, their agenda seems solidly libertarian in the American sense. They’re protesting against big government, taxes, and spending.

Mini-Gadsdens at Indiana parade

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

The presence of Don’t Tread on Me flags continues to grow at all sorts of public gatherings around the country. My friend Dave Mc reported to me about a “Denver Days” parade in Denver, Indiana, last Saturday. In addition to about eight to ten full-sized Gadsden flags, he says he saw the Miami County Tea Party group handing out mini-Gadsdens to anyone who wanted them. “Best part for me,” Dave says, “was my 13-year-old explaining to some of his friends what it was and what it meant.”

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