May 19, 2010

The Government and Flag

And you think our current politics are contentious.

Civil War Era political ribbon,
from a telegram sent by John A. Dix, United States Secretary of the Treasury, to Treasury agents:
"If any one attempts to haul down the American flag, shoot him on the spot."
from Cornell University Library


Ms. Moon said...

Oh yeah. We didn't invent this shit.

downtown guy said...

If anything, we've mellowed.