Hampshire College in Massachusetts – “Liberal College Rips Down, Burns American Flag”, By Katie 3, Conservative Republican News – 11/23/16 (private college)
American University, University of Missouri at Columbia, Brown University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Occidental College- “Flags and Dissent”, by Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 11/16/16
University of California at Irvine – “Why UC Students Voted to Remove American Flag”, Dennis Prager, Dennis Prager Show, 3/17/15
San Diego State University – “Military students at SDSU forced to take down American flag under threat of expulsion”, Jordan Dennison, The College Fix, 9/30/15, “Student Forced to Remove Flag”, Daniel Nussbaum, Breitbart, 9/20/14
To whom it may concern at all public schools across the United States;
I get that there are laws protecting the First Amendment Rights of protest. I certainly understand that private schools of lower or higher learning do not have to follow all the rules of those who are publicly funded. I get that the Supreme Court shot down the burning of the US flag in order to protect that First Amendment Right. I also understand that ANY Government building, university, non-private college, or school in the United States is mandated to fly the US flag on or near the main office building but not anywhere else on campus.
Flags are national symbols. Every country has a specific flag as their symbol as one of the means by which they identify themselves as a nation. The flags flown in the 18th century were to tell others that “we own a piece of land (‘proclaim a possession’) and that we rule over the people and land (‘proclaim sovereignty’).” Even Ancient Phoenicians are thought to have used a flag to rally people. The shapes, emblems, and colors all meant something to the country or realm to whom it belonged.
To be sure, there were flags that flew to signal battle starts or directions to the field or across the waves but only one flag symbolized the whole dynasty, king, or country. If it fell those who defended were destroyed or assimilated. If it rose, then those were the conquerors who from that point forward held the sceptre of sovereignty and power. Throughout the rise and fall of all civilizations, the emblem to rally around and behind has always been a flag flying high above the battlements. By its existence or removal, countries and people have been forever changed or wars won and lost.
Games of prowess or sports all have their form of flag or symbol. I can even see how the beloved goal posts of football hold the same concept and harken back to days of old. No one can get around the fact that as a symbol of belief, understanding, assemblage, achievement, or civilization a flag flying has always held meaning and purpose.
But you see, psychologists, sociologists, and historians have all known and understood the significance of a flag of country or ideals for a very long time. That is why one of the first tenets of communism and socialism has been to remove all flags as a rallying point. Why they attack through whatever means the need or purpose of the flag. Why they destroy the confidence and belief in a way of life or country by the destruction of its highest symbol, its flag.
They may be puppets of their elite, but those elite have been guided by sharp evil minds who understood the symbolism and that basic human needs a rallying point. They witnessed in some way the abject depression and subjugation of people who had watched their emblem removed and destroyed. They realized that the loss or destruction of symbols such as a flag creates capitulation in the realm, minds, and hearts which is and always has been their aim. They realize that only by appealing to the darkest in human frailties and mental state can they hope to achieve their own goals and purpose, much like a cancerous cell attacks a healthy cell.
Let’s look at how other countries treat those who desecrate (including burning) the flag of the country:
Russia – barred groups attempting to burn flag that were from out of country, investigates and protests if flag burned in other countries. Doubtful it is allowed by citizens without some form of punishment.
Iran – to desecrate their flag is basically the desecration of the name of Allah and the punishment would be along the lines faced by Salman Rushdie who was under a fatwa for his writings.
Italy – legal to burn a flag but against the law to insult a head of state.
China, India, Israel, Mexico, Switzerland, Turkey, New Zealand, Finland, Austria, France, Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, and Germany – illegal and in some cases they impose strict penalties up to and including a year in prison.
Egypt and Turkey – allow burning flags from other countries but not their own.
Australia, Belgium,United Kingdom, and Canada – permitted.
Denmark – legal to burn country’s flag but not flags of other countries.
Isn’t it ironic that the totalitarian/socialists regimes themselves have stricter laws about flag desecration than those in so called westernized democracies who believe in freedom of speech; yet, in those same democratic countries, the socialists and communists maxim is to remove the hindrance of flag and country values?
In the beginning the colors of the flag were not as important as the Great Seal though over the years both took on about the same meaning. Charles Thompson, Secretary of the Continental Congress, reporting to Congress on the Seal, stated:
“The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.”
From Flag.org, a poem written by Ruth Apperson Rous titled “I Am
The Flag” best puts forward the concept patriotic citizens have for the respect due our national flag.
My colors symbolize the patriotic ideals and spiritual qualities of the citizens of my country.
My red stripes proclaim the fearless courage and integrity of American men and boys and the self-sacrifice and devotion of American mothers and daughters.
My white stripes stand for liberty and equality for all.
My blue is the blue of heaven, loyalty, and faith.
I represent these eternal principles: liberty, justice, and humanity.
I embody American freedom: freedom of speech, religion, assembly, the press, and the sanctity of the home.
I typify that indomitable spirit of determination …
We had a law that protects our national flag but SCOTUS did not see it as part of the faith, honor, and oath of allegiance under which every citizen of a country abides. It is unfortunate that they believed we as individuals who have chosen to live in and be part of a country do not see the visual affirmation and respect of a flag as such.
What I do not accept is that people while exercising that right are abusing the rights and privileges of a public on city or government property and are not being arrested for that abuse especially when in the throws of chaos and subversive activities where people and property are at risk. The very minute the peaceful assembly turns to shouting, rants, and more crosses the line from peaceful to disturbing the peace.
In the controversial Texas v. Johnson case, the Court voted 5-4 in favor of Gregory Lee Johnson, the protester.
The State’s interest in preventing breaches of the peace does not support his conviction because Johnson’s conduct did not threaten to disturb the peace,” said Brennan. “Nor does the State’s interest in preserving the flag as a symbol of nationhood and national unity justify his criminal conviction for engaging in political expression.”
It was very specific in that it did not agree with disturbing the peace only political expression. The current marches, chanting down streets, deliberate blocking of traffic, throwing of items and destruction of property as these idiots march is exactly that- a disturbance of the peace. If these liberal paid-for instigators and rioters are not disturbing the peace then what the hades is the definition. Given that, then why have enforcement been restricted from doing their duty by this administration’s gaggle of fools and idiots.
Educational facilities who have or are receiving federal funds for grants or other things on campus should be never be allowed to dishonor our country’s laws on freedoms and rights, religion, or other grounds. They should, however. be penalized from receiving federal funds if their teachers are found to be encouraging anarchy and dissention against our country and laws, including desecration of our flag. It is your right as educational bastions to hire whomever your board allows. It is your right to teach ALL truth not just the patriotic truth.
It is, however, MY RIGHT and the rights of millions of citizens who have been born or through desire immigrated and assimilated to protest your stupidity by removing the funds and students that our citizens who believe in life, liberty, freedom and Old Glory find offensive. We see worth in our flag even if those teaching and promoting radical agendas do not.
I end this letter with the following:
Lee Greenwood – God Bless The USA (Home Free Cover) (All Vocal) (A Cappella) Jun 30, 2016
THANK YOU TO ALL PATRIOTS AND VETERANS
FROM ONE WHO IS PROUD TO BE CALLED AMERICAN