Shock of all shocks, last week, the student government at the University of California-Irvine voted 6-4 (two abstentions) to prohibit the display of the U.S. Flag, and all other flags, from its lobby because they are “symbols of patriotism or weapons of nationalism.”
According to CampusReform.org, the bill was offered by Social Ecology Representative Matthew Guevara. The executive committee, in a separate vote held after outrage over the plan went viral, vetoed the bill by a 4-1 vote. College administrators had also issued a statement calling the vote a “misguided decision.”
“[F]lags construct paradigms of conformity and sets [sic] homogenized standards for others to obtain which in this country typically are idolized as freedom, equality, and democracy,” the bill reads. “[T]he American flag has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism.”
Ever since Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” began influencing college and high school academia and its view of American history, the popular view of most liberal-socialists has been to hate our nation and everything for which it stands.
The antithetical view, of course, is American Exceptionalism, best displayed in Dinesh D’Souza’s “America: Imagine a World Without Her.” In fact, D’Souza’s book (and the film that followed) takes the Zinn Narrative piece-by-piece and demonstrates the folly of liberal-socialist self-loathing and traces it to the root of the problem (if you haven’t either read the book or watched the film, we’re not going to spoil it for you here).
There is no greater symbol of America — love it or hate it — than the U.S. Flag. We just happen to love it.