After reading some of the vitriolic, incorrect comments from various union/state budget discussions on other sites, I thought perhaps we could start a thread to correct the various MISinformation being passed around as factual.
Here's my initial contribution:
No, the Gadsden Flag is NOT a Confederate flag.
Some union supporters are alleging that the Gadsden is a Confederate flag, and accusing those carrying this flag at rallies of being "America-Haters," and "racist." As most AMG members know, that's not true. The Gadsden is a Flag from the American Revolutionary War.
The History of the Gadsden Flag
By 1775, the snake symbol wasn't just being printed in newspapers. It was appearing all over the colonies: on uniform buttons, on paper money, and of course, on banners and flags.
The snake symbol morphed quite a bit during its rapid, widespread adoption. It wasn't cut up into pieces anymore. And it was usually shown as an American timber rattlesnake, not a generic serpent.
Frankly, I think it's a wonderful symbol for those who support fiscal responsibility, and American ideals. It says "we won't bow to tyrants," and "don't start a fight you're not willing to finish."
Other contributions to the thread are welcome, as you see examples that need correction.