Few things mean as much to those who love America as the flag does. No, it does not say that the U.S.A. is a flawless and sin-free country that is blameless and perfect. Rather, it says that every nation that has ever existed has done terrible things, but of all of them, the United States has brought the most good into the world. We devised a system where, if practiced properly, everyone gets a fair say and everyone is free to speak as they feel is needed to win others to their cause. That is what the flag means to many, though each citizen holds a personal reason, as well. All of this means that the recent news coming of disrespect from UC Davis is not going to sit very well with much of the population.
The Student Senate at that school has voted to make displaying Old Glory “optional.” The Sacramento Bee reports that “this bill amends bylaws” that had made it mandatory for the flag to be on display during all meetings of the Associated Students, University of California, Davis. The very flag that represents the nation that allows them to achieve their goals in life by attending the U.S. school wants the option of mothballing the symbol and sticking it in a closet while there.
Michael Gofman is a student senator who did not support Senate Bill 76, but who announced that is it passed on Thursday in spite of this fact. It is said that the “ASUCD senate pro tem” will be the group of people who now decide if the flag is to be honored in its rightful place or not. It says that the senate members have “the option to petition” for the flag 24 hours before hand. It can be imagined how often anyone is going to remember to do this since it seems so very high on their list. They are blind to the fact that the voting and senate style that they replicate in order to have their right to vote respected is a U.S. principle EMBODIED IN THE FLAG!
The spiteful loathing of all things American can be heard in the resolution’s words, which say, “the concept of United States of America and patriotism is different for every individual, it should not be compulsory that the flag is in view at all times during Senate meetings” That is a thinly veiled way of saying that some people are offended by the flag being there even as they are at a U.S. school learning. For example, some students may want open borders and Texas to be part of Mexico as La Roza does, so the Stars and Bars offends them. As such, they should be spared from having to endure looking at it.
Jose Antonio Meneses tried to sugar coat such truths by arguing that it was only done to be sure that they were complying with federal law, since we all know, it ranked VERY high on the federal radar if not. He also said, “It wasn’t political in any way. But because it is the United States flag … it’s a touchy subject to talk about. We want to make sure we are not sued.” If he is not just looking for an excuse to “burn” the flag (which is quite suspected), then America has allowed itself to be sued over matters of flag displaying in the age of terror, world uprisings, riots on California streets, and . Regardless, the facts on this whole issue are very troublesome.
Gofman wisely pointed out the error in this by showing that all bodies charged with governing inside of the U.S. should have the flag on display. “It was a purely political issue from the start,” the senator said. Thankfully, he is not afraid to call this for what it is, an attack on the precepts and things that make America what it is. This is very important because this kind of thing does not just dwell in California. Rather, the filth ridden mindset tends to drift eastward, as was recently the case when Pheonix veteran found his flagto a crisp in his driveway. It had been lit like a wick while likely STILL ON THE HOUSE, and is said to have affected the brave man greatly.
When conservative media groups began to attack Meneses for his erroneous ways he said, “[sic] It’s not a ban on the flag.” He then went on to point to a case in 1943 where the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that people could not be “compelled” to salute the flag nor say the Pledge of Allegiance. He said, “The opinion in that case is that you can’t force people to pledge your allegiance, by (the flag) being there; by extension, you are pledging your allegiance to a symbol that you don’t relate to or that you don’t equate yourself with.” If this were true, everyone who entered a library would be a Christian, a Jew, a Satanist, and most other religions since those books also are “being there” while others are. His argument, therefore, makes no sense at all.
Gofman is combating this by putting forth his own initiative that would allow any member to bring a flag to the meeting at any time that they see fit to do so. This would make it so that Meneses own words would paint him into a corner to where Gofman’s point was proven in the action. While that is a clever victory, it is a sad state of affairs that finds America in a situation where such hoop-jumping could ever be an issue in the U.S.A. Now our students stand and fight one another about whether the very symbol for American greatness is to be all but spat upon and called a divisive relic of the past.
The idea of “united behind the flag” is part of American civics because it highlights how we are to be one unified people before we are split into our favorite niche groups. The flag is said to be what causes us to remember this unity; a symbol of what is to be in our hearts and heads but seems to be missing in 2017. Also missing is the sense of patriotic pride that came with it, which is just what the left wants as they bow at the church of a one world government. If they get their way there will only be one flag.
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