This one puzzles me. If you follow the news in the city of New Rochelle, you may be familiar with a dispute going on over a Gasden flag that a veterans group hoisted at the old city-owned army on Main Street.
The flag is famous, steeped in American history. It shows a coiled snake against a yellow background and carries the phrase, “Don’t Tread on Me.” A Revolutionary War general by the name of Christopher Gasden designed the banner, which became a popular symbol of rebellion against tyranny.
To the dismay of the veterans, Mayor Noam Bramson and the Democratic majority ordered the flag be taken down on the grounds that it is associated with the modern Tea Party movement and therefore is too politically charged for publicly owned property. Bramson said that flags on public property should include the American flag and possibly the state flag. (Evidently, he forgot about the POW/MIA flag which often flies on municipal flag poles.)
Bramson is not popular with the veterans, in part because the city rejected a veterans-backed proposal to redevelop the rmy property. The flag, which was raised by The United Veterans Memorial & Patriotic Association of NewRochelle may have been done in protest to that rejection, but so what?
Taking the flag down seems petty. Ascribing a Tea Party motivation behind it is insulting to the veterans. What’s more, it also me as disingenuous. It’s a red herring excuse.
I suspect the mayor simply doesn’t like the veterans talking back at him. If Bramson had an ounce of cool, he wouldn’t have made an issue of it in the first place.