So, I was going to write some witty piece about the Gadsden Flag and how it came to be, and what it means now. Then I ran across Ben “The Ladies Man” Franklin’s piece published under his pseudonym “American Guesser” explaining why the Rattlesnake is the perfect representation of the American spirit. Look, I take pride in my creative writing, but sometimes the OG version is the best version. Case in point to follow;
“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 stepping on her.—Was I wrong, Sir, in thinking this a strong picture of the temper and conduct of America?”
Stay dangerous, America.
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