Sometimes, you have to scour the editorial pages in such far-flung places as Louisburg, Kansas, to learn that there’s more independent thinking in the Heartland than elsewhere in America. Take, for an example, a letter to the editor written by Jesse Trimble and published in the Louisburg Herald on Nov. 10.

“I’ve always been a history buff at heart and more recently an avid gun enthusiast, but most importantly, a supporter of Second Amendment rights. There’s a difference between just shooting guns and knowing the vast history behind our right to do so,” Trimble writes. “The United States, as a country and before it was a country, has had a long history of flags — specifically, flags relating to our independence when we were at war with Great Britain. Many may come to mind, such as the ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ flag, also known as the Gadsden flag, which is yellow and features a rattlesnake coiled up, prepared to strike. Or there is Ben Franklin’s popular ‘Join or Die’ flag.

” … The flag I’m talking about — recently gaining popularity among conservatives and gun-rights activists — originally was called the ‘Come and Take It’ flag, or Molon labe, a Greek phrase that means ‘come and take them.’ Mixing my love of guns and history, it was a magical moment for me finding out about this flag …”

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