A student at the University of California – Davis has passed a bill to make the display of the American flag at university government meetings optional, “because it is the United States flag … it’s a touchy subject to talk about.”
Just yesterday, a report went viral of baseball sports reporter Craig Calcaterra tweeting out his disgust with the American flag being displayed while giving honor to our men and women of service during a baseball game. Now, the left is at it again at UC Davis.
A student senator has made it optional for the American flag to be displayed at their meeting, and has stirred up controversy with the student body. The Sacramento Bee provides details.
The bill amends bylaws that required the United States flag to be on display at every senate meeting of the Associated Students, University of California, Davis. The revised bylaws give senate members the option to petition for the display of the flag 24 hours before each meeting. The ASUCD senate pro team ultimately has authority to decide whether the U.S. flag will be displayed, according to the revision.
Jose Antonio Meneses, who introduced the resolution, said the changes were meant to ensure the student government is following federal law, which he says doesn’t allow an organization to mandate displaying the flag. It is argued that the Flag of the United States of America and patriotism is “different for every individual” and a “touchy subject” for some.
Menses went on to say that you cannot force people to pledge allegiance to a flag that you don’t relate to or equate yourself with. A student named Michael Gofman opposed the change and had this to say:
“I have a much closer connection to places outside of America,” he said. “I understand what the alternative looks like. I don’t think members of the senate know what it is like to live in a totalitarian country.”
Many complaints have been made by the student body and Menses insists he did not know his actions would be “so controversial.”
While I agree with freedom of speech and the right to believe in what you want to believe, I have never understood why the American flag being displayed or acknowledge leaves people feeling like they “can’t relate to it,” or a “touchy subject” that triggers unwanted emotions. While America is a diverse country knitted together by different ethnicities, religion, and beliefs, I think we can all agree the American flag can represent that as well.
We do not all have to hold the same values and belief systems to appreciate what the American Flag symbolizes in our great nation. Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, I think we can all agree that the flag stands for freedom, liberty, and the land of opportunity bought and paid for with blood. My opinion is, if you get “triggered” when the Flag is displayed and you feel “unwanted emotions” while honor is being shown, you should be able to gives thanks to the men and women who fought for your freedom, and the opportunities the flag represents.
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