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Brewer Signs Bill Giving Tea Party-Backed Flag Same Status as U.S. Flag

foxnews-04-19-Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law this week a bill that prevents homeowners associations from banning the black-on-yellow Gadsden flags -- the Tea Party-favored banners displaying the coiled rattlesnake and "Don’t Tread on Me" message.

Under the new law, the flag has the same protected status as the American flag, the flags of any military branch, the state flag, the POW-MIA flag and the flag of any Arizona Indian nation. But homeowners associations can still prohibit residents from flying more than two flags at once and restrict a flag pole to the height of the resident's roof.

The flag is named after American statesman Christopher Gadsden who designed it in 1775. It was originally used by the U.S. Marine Corps during the American Revolution and was meant to represent the 13 original colonies and their battle for independence from the British monarchy. Since then, it has been reintroduced by numerous groups as a symbol of American patriotism. The Tea Party movement is the latest group to adopt the flag for its message against big government.

The flag became a flashpoint in Arizona last summer after a suburban Phoenix homeowner refused to bow to his homeowners association's demands that he remove his flag within 10 days for face a $25 fine. Andy McDonel of Leveen, Ariz., said he wouldn't take his flag down unless a judge ordered him to.

During debate in the Arizona Legislature, critics of the bill said support for the flag was a slippery slope.

"Are we next year going to be voting to allow our peace sign flag to be allowed," Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego said, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

But Republican Rep. David Gowan rejected that argument.

"The Tea Party may use the flag. But it is a United States flag," the newspaper quoted him as saying.

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  • simple solution dont buy in an hoa affected area. Any idiot that would surrender their home to the will of some collectivist group like a hoa deserves what they get. Think about it with the current 30 year morgages you pay for the damn thing your whole life and then even when its payed off still have to pay tribute every year to your current state and to add insult to injury you have to pay and put up with your crazy hoa board. Dont want to lower the value of your shoddy constructed (with illega More..

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  • Good for Brewer.
    Now she should finish the job and outlaw flying the the Mexicant flag.

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  • Why anyone would live in an area controlled by a homeowners association is beyond me.

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  • "Are we next year going to be voting to allow our peace sign flag to be allowed?" No you fucking moron. This flag has a whole lot more history than the Tea Party. Jesus Christ these people are stage one, reactionary thought only. Grow the fuck up. Yep, if you are not liberal when you are in your twenties, you have no heart. If you are not on the right by the time you are in your thirties, you have no brain. This is a perfect example of this. Child like thought. Maybe we should More..

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    • @mick0311 Maybe with age comes wisdom and experience, whereas youth is driven by instinct and emotion? Just a thought on that saying.

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    • @mick0311 It's not about "history" Brother...it's about respect....why THIS flag and not others from the same period? It's about "political expediency"...so it's YOUR flag...and you want to elevate it's status....are you ready to let the Sons of the Confederacy have their "Stars and Bars" back?

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    • @LoPull Uhh, yeah, if they want to fly it on their own property they own, sure. My point is that using the peace sign flag in this context is a 5 year old argument.

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  • I approve this flag...

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  • It's not a tea party flag. It is a historical flag that was part of our fight for independence. Even though I hate the tea party I have no problem with this flag being protected. I like the attitude and symbolism of the flag.

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  • The Gadsden flag is NOT "the tea party flag". To call it that is to insult it and the people who first flew it.

    I thought it was already protected.

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    • @Nurb Who said the Gadsden flag was the tea party flag? It's a Revolutionary war Marine Corps flag and similar was used earlier in the French and Indian war. Who are you to say they can't use its symbolism and motto. Freedom and the right to fight for it is universal. I didn't even know the loose associations of Tea-party groups had an official flag..

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    • @Zardoz003 Humm, Gadsden flag cause..."Don't Tread on Me" towards King George...Tea-party cause "Don't Tread on Me" towards the EVER expanding federal government and the problems that entails... Yep, they sure bastardized that symbol. "a government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have" Sounds like Jefferson, but it's from Ford believe it or not.

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    • @Zardoz003 Did you even take a US history course? King George was manipulating the markets. The original tea party was about TAXES and TARIFFS not free trade!!

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  • I wouldn't say the "same" status as the U.S. flag. But it certainly has a protected status.

    The ACLU will go after this like hounds at a hare.

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  • Why?

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  • Awesome! That flag should be protected.

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  • ....""the flag has the same protected status as the American flag""....

    great
    Now the LIBS can BURN the Gadsden flag thinking they are burning the tea baggers.
    LIBS do like to burn the US flag btw

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    • @Zardoz003 You have a problem with people using a flag that means freedom and fighting for it? Displaying understanding of the values our nation was founding on. Sure seems fitting and a lot better than a hammer and sickle or the ever threatening clenched fist the left uses.

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    • @Zardoz003 I don't think anyone took it so much as flying it as a statement which I don't think you should have a problem with unless you aren't with that sentiment. Your use of the term "tea bag fucks" is rather angry and telling however. I think I have a pretty good Idea what happened to you. All I can suggest is don't pass out at a party with liberals again and try to let it go.

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    • @flashj2 LIBS won't burn the hammer/sickle flag but they will be burning the Gadsden at TEA party gatherings.
      Oh, and they will be burning US flag as usual

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    • @flashj2
      Fighting against healthcare reform and social program disagreements isn't the same thing as fighting oppression of a monarch is it?

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  • Can we burn this one and have it not be a Federal Offense?

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  • more evidence that the unamerican tea party thugs are trying to divide our nation

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    • @LostSomewhereInSpace unAmerican as opposed to the Patriotic American Left...laughable. My town was founded in 1639 and the houses all around me have plackerds like General Lafayette lived here, Ft Sayebrook located here, Yale founded 1700 here, This house was part of the Under Ground Railroad and the list goes on, not to mention all the Veterans/Memorials around town...funny, i'm in kinship with the Tea Party, wonder where I learned my patriotism...??

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    • @singlelife

      the tea party is trying to hijack and defecate on all those wonderful things you hold dear to your heart, you just dont realize it, next we will have muslims demanding protections for their banners and flags, the same ones that are draped on the wall behind all these beheading videos they put on the internet

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    • @singlelife UH...from living near old houses??? Can you see England from your lawn?

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  • That is not a teabagger Flag, That's a historical flag. Dumb teabaggers and their erectyle dysfunction and oldness.

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    • @Apevi2pointO Humm.. Freedom and fighting for it is oldness? You obviously don't know anything about the Gadsden flag. You must have a problem with the freedoms and values upon which the country was founded. You must be more of a hammer and sickle or clenched fist kinda guy.

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    • @flashj2 Doe that include the freedom to burn the flag?

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  • The irony is that the Tea Party has hijacked a symbol of rebellion against the power of the few as a part of its efforts to protect the economic interests of 1% of the nation under the premise that "what is good for 1% of the population good for everyone."-- the modern day equivalent of "let them eat cake."

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    • @nuckelhedd thanks for the fact filled reply. If it's a lie, tell me how.

      The fact of the matter is the super rich and their apologists live in such a fantasy land and actually believe that the key to national prosperity is keeping 2% of the population fat, happy and clueless to the suffering around them. It's precisely what the Tea Party bases its economic philosophy on, even as we are living in conditions RIGHT NOW that prove the idea that "low taxes create jobs" is wrong.

      Ho More..

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    • @nuckelhedd You are wrong.

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  • My flag is red,white and blue. There are no substitutes.

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