no step on snek

I embrace NO STEP ON SNEK as my personal mantra, motto and battle cry!

Before America’s revolution, the snake was a popular symbol, and sometimes appeared with a Latin inscription that meant “None will provoke me with impunity.” They were too proper to spell it out, but in 1776, “Don’t tread on me” meant “Don’t fuck with me.”

I’m as entitled as anyone else, to express that sentiment. I have as much right as anybody to appropriate the meme of a rattlesnake poised to strike. I care not who else thinks they have a valid claim. I say — Take back the Snek!

Gadsden flag
Ben Franklin was a big fan of the Gadsden flag. Originally, “Don’t tread on me” represented the threat of revolution. Almost 200 years after the flag’s creation, libertarians adopted it. In the pop culture realm, the design is said to denote bold defiance and an anti-government stance.

gadsden 1

But never mind that. What I love is the historic banner’s newer iteration, No Step On Snek. The image is captivating; the motto carries layers of meaning. In one sense, I am Snek. In another sense, we are all Snek.

The hidden secret is: I too must avoid stepping on Snek.


About Pat Hartman

Before publishing the two books "Call Someplace Paradise" and "Ghost Town: A Venice California Life", my main project was "Salon: A Journal of Aesthetics. " I wrote extensively for "Scene," a monthly arts and entertainment magazine with a circulation of 25,000. Also proofread, sold ads, put together the music calendar and, for a couple of years, served as editor. Presided over a couple issues of the local NORML newsletter, as well as being featured speaker at chapter meetings. Wrote a complete screenplay; collaborated on another one; worked on a couple of scripts (additional dialog and general brainstorming) with an indie film producer. Booked the talent for a large music festival. Wrote, designed, illustrated and produced various catalogs and brochures for small businesses. Spoke at a high school as a panelist on Women in the Professions; was a featured speaker at the 1991 Women in Libertarianism Conference; presented public programs on "Success in One Lesson" and "The Bloomsbury Group: What's It To Us?" Created the website and wrote many politically-oriented pieces for
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