I have been writing here at this blog for the past 10 months now, and have had the pleasure of getting to know many of you well. Because of this blog, I have added trusted members to my tribe from coast to coast, border to border. Several of you I have met in person, and there are many more who I have not yet had the privilege. Looking back, I realized I have never explained why I write under the pen name BonnieGadsden.
Without further ado...
|Bonnie Blue Flag|
Why do I fly the Bonnie Blue Flag? I believe The Bonnie Blue Blog says it best
"The Bonnie Blue Flag, to me, represents the desire for independence. It represents the desire for self determination and self sovereignty. It is a unity, a system that provides its own light and heat. It is the one Star, the one Individual, and, if you will, the one God.
The single star represents each single State of the union. It represents each single individual in each State."
Why do I fly the Gadsden Flag? I will defer to the words of Benjamin Franklin.
In December 1775, "An American Guesser" anonymously wrote to the Pennsylvania Journal:"I observed on one of the drums belonging to the marines now raising, there was painted a Rattle-Snake, with this modest motto under it, 'Don't tread on me.' As I know it is the custom to have some device on the arms of every country, I supposed this may have been intended for the arms of America."This anonymous writer, having "nothing to do with public affairs" and "in order to divert an idle hour," speculated on why a snake might be chosen as a symbol for America.First, it occurred to him that "the Rattle-Snake is found in no other quarter of the world besides America."The rattlesnake also has sharp eyes, and "may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance." Furthermore,"She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage. ... she never wounds 'till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of treading on her."Finally,"I confess I was wholly at a loss what to make of the rattles, 'till I went back and counted them and found them just thirteen, exactly the number of the Colonies united in America; and I recollected too that this was the only part of the Snake which increased in numbers.
"'Tis curious and amazing to observe how distinct and independent of each other the rattles of this animal are, and yet how firmly they are united together, so as never to be separated but by breaking them to pieces. One of those rattles singly, is incapable of producing sound, but the ringing of thirteen together, is sufficient to alarm the boldest man living."Many scholars now agree that this "American Guesser" was Benjamin Franklin.Franklin, of course, is also known for opposing the use of an eagle -- "a bird of bad moral character" -- as a national symbol.
The combination of symbolism in these two flags is why I choose to write under the pen name BonnieGadsden.
2013 will prove to be an eventful year, may we find ourselves standing shoulder to shoulder.
For Our Posterity,