The 18th century flag reads “don’t tread on me.”

But in the case of SB 1326, it doesn’t mean the British or even King George III.

At the very least, it means homeowner associations. And it may have political implications.

A bill approved by the House and Senate would preclude HOAs or condominium associations from barring residents from flying the Gadsden flag. The move, if approved by Gov. Jan Brewer, would give the black-on-yellow flag with a coiled rattlesnake the same protected status as the U.S. flag, the flags of any branch of the military, the state flag, the POW-MIA flag and the flag of any Indian nation.

Backers say it’s simply a recognition that this was one of the earliest flags used by colonists in the rebellion against the British.

But Democrats see something a little less patriotic — and a little more political.

Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, pointed out that the flag has become the symbol of the tea party. He said that sets a bad precedent.

“Are we next year going to be voting to allow our peace sign flag to be allowed?” he asked colleagues. “I’m sure most of you guys would be voting against that one.”

Gallego said the push for the Gadsden flag — and no other — is “hypocritical.”

But Rep. David Gowan, R-Sierra Vista, rejected that characterization.

“The Gadsden flag is the first American flag,” he said. “And that’s what we’re celebrating.”

Gowan said this has nothing to do with politics.

“The tea party may use the flag,” he said. “But it is a United States flag.”

Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City, said both are right. He said there is a historic basis for honoring the flag.

But Gould, who sports a decal of the same flag on his legislative laptop computer, said it represents more than that in 2011.

“It’s a symbol of rebellion,” he said. “I’m rebelling against the state and federal government about wasteful spending.”

Gould voted against the legislation, but not because of what the flag represents. He said those who buy houses where there are homeowner associations have agreed to live by the terms of the restrictions. Gould said if they want to fly flags they should work with their neighbors to change those rules rather than having them overridden by state laws.

Even if Brewer signs the bill, that doesn’t open the door to homeowners flying multiple banners. SB 1326 allows homeowner association to adopt rules precluding more than two flags from being flown at once. It also allows a limit on the flagpole to the height of the homeowner’s roof — but it spells out that associations cannot preclude someone from placing a flagpole in a front or rear yard.

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Accuracy

The Gadsden flag is enjoying renewed popularity, and the U.S. Navy flies the “DONT TREAD ON ME” flag in tribute to 9/11.

Arizona bill SB1326, barring HOAs from restricting the display of the "Gadsden" flag (“DONT TREAD ON ME”) that has been commandeered by Tea Party.

While Liberal Democrats wave red flag over Arizona bill to let “DONT TREAD ON ME” fly, and are trying to prohibit homeowners from flying the Gadsden flags claiming that they are Tea Party flags.

Last August there was the case of Andy McDonel of Laveen, who was told by his HOA, the Avalon Village Community Association, to remove the “DONT TREAD ON ME” flag or face a fine. The Laveen homeowner's association in Arizona was wrong to prohibit the historic Gadsden flag from flying in front of a home.

Flying the flag because of the Tea Party or not . . . American’s should be able to exercise their freedom of speech within the limits of the laws of their states.

Slabside

Leon, I'm with you my friend! This flag symbolizes thoughts and patriotism that the socialist left wants to die in this great nation. I am always amazed at the incredible stupidity of the libs when they try to make up your position by saying the flag was ruined for you.

Leon Ceniceros

LOL....DIDN'T RUIN THIS FLAG FOR ME......LOVE THE FLAG....LOVE WHAT IT STANDS FOR ........HAVE ALWAYS AND WILL ALWAYS LOVE AMERICA .

NOT LIKE MICHELLE OBAMA WHO FOR THE FIRST.........40 YEARS......OF HER LIFE WAS ............"ASHAMED TO BE AN AMERICAN"...............WELL WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM A...........DEMOCRAT............EVEN IF SHE IS ...TEMPORARILY....THE............first lady............[sad]

Dale Whiting

Leon,

You ask "What wrong with honoring Gadsten's flag?"

Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City, said both are right.“It’s a symbol of rebellion,” he said. “I’m rebelling against the state and federal government about wasteful spending.”

Having been expropriated as a Tea Party flag, it no longer has the same standings you would honor. It is now political and partisian. Thank you Tea Party for ruining this flag for Leon!

National Tea Party Fund

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Leon Ceniceros

WHAT'S WRONG IN HONORING THE GADSDEN FLAG OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR.
THE GADSDEN PURCHASE WAS INITIATED BY AMBASSADOR TO MEXICO, JAMES GADSDEN IN 1858. HE WAS THE GRANDSON OF THE FAMOUS REVOLUTIONARY WAR HERO, GENERAL CHRISTOPHER GADSDEN WHO INAUGURATED THIS FLAG DURING THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR.
THE FLAG ALSO HONORS THE BIRTH OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS.

DEMOCRAT REP. RUBEN GALLEGOS FROM PHOENIX SEES A ..."RIGHT WING CONSPIRACY" IN A SIMPLE GESTURE OF PATRIOTISM ON THE PART OF THE REPUBLICANS IN THE ARIZONA LEGISLATURE....OH, THAT'S RIGHT....PATRIOTISM AND AMERICANISM IS AN ...."ANATHEMA"...TO ARIZONA DEMOCRATS.

JUST THINK FOLKS, IF AMBASSADOR GADSDEN HAD NOT PURCHASED THESE 30,000 SQUARE MILES FROM MEXICO....YUMA WOULD BE HAVING MASS DRUG CARTEL MURDERS, AS WE SPEAK, AND WE WOULD BE FACING THEM JUST SOUTH OF CASA GRANDE.
NOW IF WE COULD ONLY GET THE TUCSON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT TO REALISE THAT THE GADSDEN PURCHASE OCCURED ...153 YEARS AGO...AND THAT THEY ARE AN "ARIZONA" SCHOOL DISTRICT....NOT ONE IN THE MEXICAN STATE OF "SONORA".....BUT I GUESS THAT IS ASKING TOO MUCH.

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