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Whew! Student vote to ban the American flag on campus is overturned

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A little over a week ago I was at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and I always enjoy seeing the young college students there. I have also been blessed with invitations from the Young America’s Foundation to speak to high school or college students at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, a scenic location.

What makes interactions such as these so important is that we adults must pass on to subsequent generations that sense of American exceptionalism and the legacy of our Constitutional Republic. As a father to two daughters, 21 and 18, I understand how vital it is to set the foundation for our children and grandchildren — or else others will inculcate conflicting values in their minds.

Case in point, the recent kerfuffle over a plan to ban the American flag as reported by Fox News where “students at the University of California, Irvine voted to make their school a more “culturally inclusive” place by banning the American flag. The Associated Students of University of California Irvine (ASUCI) passed a resolution March 3 that would remove the Stars & Stripes along with every other flag from the lobby of a complex housing the offices of the student government.”

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“Designing a culturally inclusive space aims to remove barriers that create undue effort and separation by planning and designing spaces that enable everyone to participate equally and confidentially,” read the resolution authored by Matthew Guevara.”

Matt didn’t come up with this idea by himself — just like that student Peter M. at Brown University who decried the college ROTC program as developing “criminals.” Such thoughts and behaviors are learned, and as we reported here about the Earth science teacher who was lecturing about “black oppression,” even high schools are turning into laboratories of indoctrination — not education.

When college students rant and deny free speech on their campuses for esteemed women like Condoleeza Rice and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, we must acknowledge there is no longer a free exchange of thoughts and ideas. But that isn’t something children are born to believe — some adult taught, or rather influenced them in that direction.

When you have popular and influential adults who make statements such as “for the first time in my life I am proud of my country” or “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism,” those sentiments become transferred to a younger generation, completely contrary to the values a World War I generation passed onto the next at a critical time when service to the nation was required against a committed enemy.

You know, I don’t recall kids coming up with the idea of not keeping score or that everyone should get a trophy.

Young Mr. Guevara believes, “The American flag has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism,” he bemoaned. “Flags not only serve as symbols of patriotism or weapons for nationalism, but also construct cultural mythologies and narratives that in turn charge nationalistic sentiments.”

Someone taught Matt that America is bad and has been a tool of bad things in the world — not an instrument for good. If I could ask young Matt a question, it would be, “So raising the American flag over Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima promoted colonialism and imperialism?” Or does the American flag flying over the memorial gravesite at Normandy construct a cultural mythology and negatively charge nationalistic sentiments? Ahh, Matt please find the adult who gave you this false narrative and make them apologize to you.

Matt’s statement illustrates where the belief in a one-world construct and disregard for national sovereignty begins.

Initially Matt’s resolution actually passed 6-4 with two people abstaining. Thankfully, wisdom prevailed, and the resolution was overturned, with this statement coming from Chancellor Howard Gillman:

“As a formal expression of the true views of the UCI community, the Executive Cabinet of our student government has now vetoed this resolution, stating that they “fundamentally disagree with the actions taken by the ASUCI Legislative Council” on this issue. I applaud this action and am proud of the members of the Executive Cabinet, as I am proud of the many other students who made sure that their opposition to the original effort was clearly heard on this campus and around the world. Special thanks are owed a member of our outstanding ROTC program, who volunteered to stand guard over the disputed flag while this issue was being resolved.”

Matt certainly has some very strong, and misguided, opinions about our National emblem. Perhaps someone should have shared these words with him back in high school civics or American history.

In a letter to James Madison, November 30, 1785, George Washington wrote, “We are either a United people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all maters of general concern act as a nation, which have national objects to promote, and a national character to support. If we are not, let us no longer act a farce by pretending to it.”

Over the weekend, Reza Zomorrodian, the ASUCI president told Fox news he was very upset over the student government’s actions saying, “It’s an attack on American values,” he said. “A lot of people want to come to the United States for a reason – it’s because of the freedoms we have.”

“Zomorrodian told Fox the legislation was the result of a longstanding feud over the display of the American flag. He said unknown perpetrators kept taking down the flag and he would put it back up. The flag is currently folded and being protected in a vice president’s office. “I’m really disappointed in our legislative council right now,” he said. “I’m firmly against what they did. I think it was a horrible idea.”

Zomorrodian also stated that he wants the American public to know that UC Irvine is a patriotic campus. “Only six people voted for this,” he said. “We have 22,000 undergrads here. Six people made this decision. The UC Irvine has made huge contributions to bettering this country. This is an elected body that made a decision for the whole and will suffer the consequences of making that decision.”

Then again, that’s how our democratic electoral system works. A few are elected to speak for the many. And we must be careful that those few are truly representative of the values of the electorate and in keeping with the principles and values of the nation, or in this case, the campus. It seems that six people were not acting in concert with those values — and therein lies the lesson to be learned. Be careful whom you elevate to elected positions of power, knowing that they can make seminal decisions to “fundamentally change” a campus — or a nation.

The other lesson is, adults, teach your children well, with the right and proper understanding of this Republic so they will have a built-in antidote to the poison of progressive socialist indoctrination.

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