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Tea Party can’t hijack symbol of patriotism

June 17, 2010

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RE “FLAG daze: What is the Tea Party waving, exactly?’’ (Ideas, June 13): This year on Flag Day, I purchased a Gadsden flag. I did not do this in protest of the federal government, or as a member of a Tea Party organization. I bought my Gadsden flag as a liberal who still remembers the true sentiments of the American Revolution and who still values the history of one of our nation’s first patriotic emblems.

The Tea Party movement can try as it might to exploit symbols of the Revolution to further its cause, but it will never be able to hijack such symbols from patriots like me who recognize and cherish the true spirit of American democracy.

Ryan Ferguson
Andover

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