Watch where you tread

You of course remember the Gadsden flag, with its rattlesnake ready to take on any and all trespassers. It dates to the 1770s, and still shows up now and then in American political discourse. If we didn’t have Gadsden, we’d have — what? Lileks offers an alternative:

“Get off my lawn” isn’t just an expression of a joyless old juiceless dude shaking his whittlin’ kinfe at some kids cutting across the lawn, it’s the basis of how you see the relationship between the individual and the state. See this? My lawn? Get off it. By which I mean don’t put a carbon tax on my lawn mower. Don’t ask for tax dollars for a program to raise consciousness about alternative grasses. Don’t regard my tenure on the lawn as transiton and conditional because you know it can be taken away if I don’t pay the taxes. (House = castle / lawn = moat)

And of late, we lawnowners might be well advised to keep a rattlesnake or two on hand, just because.


  1. McGehee »

    29 June 2012 · 2:40 pm

    Hmmm. “Get off my lawn.” It has a certain ring to it that I must confess appeals to me.

  2. Samrobb »

    29 June 2012 · 3:04 pm

    Speaking of lawns… and channelling Elizabeth Warren:

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