Students at the University of California Davis proved you don’t need a Bic lighter to desecrate Old Glory. You just need a majority vote. The UC Davis Student Senate passed legislation revoking a long-standing rule that required that the American flag would “stand visibly” at every senate meeting. The new rule declares, “It shall not be compulsory for the flag of the United States to be displayed at the ASUCD Senate meetings.”
The author, Itmar Waksman, is a recently naturalized citizen. He said, “The concept of the United States of America and patriotism is different for every individual.” Under the new rules, any senator who wants to display Old Glory must file a petition.
On their Facebook page, many in the student senate agreed. One wrote, “Why do you feel that advocating for the U.S. flag that represents a history of genocide, slavery, and imperialism is more important than stuff that actually matters like the violence against our LGBTQ Brown and Black students, rising tuition, resources for our students without homes? What a waste of time.”
A waste of time?
Tell that to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who put their lives on the line every day so that perpetually offended snowflakes can spit on America. Tell that to the Wounded Warriors who have had their legs and arms blown off, fighting for our freedom.
I offer two responses.
1. Every student who supports this action, if he or she has a whit of integrity, should immediately renounce all government grants and scholarships that make it possible for them to receive their college degree. Further, they should pay more in tuition than the other students, as about half of the cost of tuition has already been covered via state funds that directly support the university.
2. If the brilliant students who make up the Senate don’t like the American flag, they should fly the flag of their choice. It’s easy to criticize America. But if our flag is not worth flying, there are over 150 others to choose from. Let them fly the flag of the country that offers more freedom, more protection, more benefits, and a better lifestyle than the United States of America. Until they find that country, the pinheads who lack the intellectual curiosity that legitimate college students should possess should have the integrity to admit how good they really have it.
As for Itmar Waksman, if the country he immigrated to so freely is not worthy of his honor and pledge, let him return to the country he abandoned for the American dream. Let him take the next ride out of the country – we have plenty of persecuted would-be immigrants who would be happy to take his place.