It was a handful of noble rebels that created America under the inspiration of God. They rebelled against having their religion repressed, against all kinds of governmental oppression, against taxation without representation, and against a tyrant king who wanted to control their every move.
The interesting story of how the “Don’t Tread On Me” flag came into being in the 1700’s is available here: http://www.foundingfathers.info/stories/gadsden.html and here: http://www.usflag.org/gadsden.html .
So, what does the “Don’t Tread On Me” flag mean today? It means that the freedom and goodness that America was founded upon, will not bear trammelling. It means that the long list of things they can get away with treading on does not include the erosion of any more of our freedoms, nor of the U.S. Constitution.
The forces that try to tread on us today are similar to those in the 1700’s: freedoms are waning, taxation has grown oppressive, medical and educational oppression are becoming normalized, and both the federal government and the U.N. seem to want to control citizens’ every move– all with the best of intentions, of course.
What do we do? Wake up, realize what’s going on, and capture the spirit of the founding fathers again. Don’t let our freedoms go away. Work as if everything depends on us, and pray as if everything depends on God.