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Independence Day, every day.

July 2, 2010


DTOSI-flag-dtom This 4th of July as we celebrate our independence from the tyrannical rule of Britain we face a new tyranny. That tyranny has gained control of our country because of the complacency of the citizens of the United States. In our success, and prosperity we have forgotten the turmoil through which our independence was won. This is the reason I have chosen to run for State Assembly, I can no longer stand back and be content to let this tyranny prevail.

People have been asking about the symbol I chose to represent my campaign, and my slogan “Don’t Tread on Staten Island” so I would like to share the history and symbolism of the rattlesnake.

Considered one of the first flags of the United States, The Gadsden flag is a historical American flag with a yellow field depicting a timber rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike. The flag read “Don’t Tread On Me” and was designed by American general and statesman Christopher Gadsden. The flag was later replaced by the current Stars and Stripes.  Since the Revolution, the flag has seen times of reintroduction as a symbol of American patriotism a symbol of disagreement with government, or a symbol of support for civil liberties such as in recent years with the libertarian and tea party movements.  As the American Revolution grew, the snake began to see more use as a symbol of the colonies.

Benjamin Franklin wrote of the rattlesnake in 1775: “I recollected that her eye excelled in brightness, that of any other animal, and that she has no eye-lids—She may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance.—She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage.—As if anxious to prevent all pretensions of quarreling with her, the weapons with which nature has furnished her, she conceals in the roof of her mouth, so that, to those who are unacquainted with her, she appears to be a most defenseless animal; and even when those weapons are shown and extended for her defense, they appear weak and contemptible; but their wounds however small, are decisive and fatal:—Conscious of this, she never wounds till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of treading on her.—Was I wrong, Sir, in thinking this a strong picture of the temper and conduct of America?”

Today more than ever before Americans need to be like the timber rattlesnake, guarding our liberty with a jealousy and righteous anger by fighting back with the weapons of our democracy to push back the evil grip of tyranny. Please join me in the fight by educating yourself, treat every day as if it were Independence Day, and be considerate of what you can do personally to preserve our liberty.

Happy Independence Day

In Liberty

Danny Panzella

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