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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Campus Flag Ban

Just when I thought college campuses couldn’t get any more anti-American, I learned that a student government body at the University of California at Irvine voted to ban the American flag. The flag has always hung in the lobby of the student government building, but the Associated Students organization voted six to four to ban it. Their resolution said that removing the flag would make the space more “culturally inclusive” and would “remove barriers that create separation.” It also noted that the American flag was been flown in times of colonialism and imperialism—two of the left’s favorite sins.

This is offensive to Americans—even by California college student standards. No foreign student studying in America has any grounds to feel excluded by the American flag. As one of the four students who opposed this resolution pointed out, “People want to come to the United States for a reason. It’s because of the freedoms we have.” The resolution noted that the students do value freedom of speech, but why do they think they have that freedom? It’s been defended time and time again by our armies that have fought under the American flag. There’s no guarantee of free speech in some of the cultures these kids came from.

Once the news got out about this ban-the-flag insanity, the resolution was overturned, and the flag was allowed to remain in the building. But it’s disturbing to know that the students ever thought this was a good idea in the first place. Yes, it was only six students out of the entire student body, but those kids weren’t just losers on the fringe. They are star students whose peers consider them leaders and elected them to the student government. We should be very worried indeed if our future leaders look upon our American flag as a harmful symbol or as some kind of embarrassment.

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