The University of California, Irvine basketball team will be heading to the “Big Dance.” Ok, for those of you who have no clue, that’s March Madness, the NCAA Basketball tournament. It starts this Tuesday with the “play in games” – in the vein of every kid gets a trophy. I remember when the NCAA tourney was just 32 teams — then it went to 64, and now it’s up to 68 teams. So congrats to the UC-Irvine hoops team, but I am perplexed. As Irvine cheers on its team, would they also cheer on their country? I’m not so sure.
Last week we shared the story about how the U.C. Irvine student government association voted 6-4-2 to remove Old Glory from a campus lobby for the sake of cultural inclusivity. When the U.C. Irvine Student Government leader stood against that ban, we all thought that was the end of it — but not so fast my friend. It seems these little progressive socialist leftists in training have garnered the support of the grown-up leftists.
As Fox News reports, “A group of university professors has signed a letter showing their solidarity with students who tried to ban the American flag at the University of California, Irvine – because they said Old Glory contributes to racism.”
“U.S. nationalism often contributes to racism and xenophobia, and that the paraphernalia of nationalism is in fact often used to intimidate,” read a letter obtained by the website Campus Reform. Hundreds across the nation have signed the letter – including some U.C. Irvine professors, Campus Reform reported.
“We admire the courage of the resolution’s supporters amid this environment of political immaturity and threat, and support them unequivocally” the letter stated.”
I don’t know what to say about this, but it truly attests to what is dangerously permeating our country — those who rant about a baby being swaddled in an American flag by his Navy dad — while there are those who disparage our national symbol.
To believe that the American flag is a symbol of colonialism and nationalism, to see the American flag as a symbol of racism and xenophobia is just beyond comprehension.
This is the same American flag that draped my own dad’s casket when he passed away in May 1986. That American flag gave Herman West Sr. a sense of purpose and dedication to this great nation that he passed on to several generations in his blood line — there was nothing to do with racism — save for the Democrat party that promoted such practice.
So maybe it’s time we say, fine, the flag will be banned from your campus –along with any American taxpayer dollars. Maybe it’s time we look at these professors who feel that America is so bad, and stop sending them any American taxpayer dollars grants for their research. After all, why should they want the funding of a racist and xenophobic country? They don’t want to be tarnished by such a demeaning currency that states something so repulsive as “In God We Trust.”
“Even Breitbart quoted an unnamed student who said the student government association feared the flag might hurt the feelings of illegal aliens. “There were people who were like, ‘the flag triggers me’ – that was their exact wording, too,” the student said.”
Meanwhile, a group of Californian lawmakers is working on a bill that that would prohibit publicly funded universities from banning the American flag. I just hate to ask the question, how many of these students who want to ban the American flag and support those who wish that are on federal student loans? Oops, forgot, since the Affordable Care Act, those are the only loans available.
Combine this with Brown University student Peter Makhlouf who referred to ROTC students as criminals — and we have the next generation of far left progressive socialist America haters.
So does this cycle ever stop, does it end? You know, I have no problem with freedom of speech and expression — that is what I served to protect. But all this reminds me of quote from George Washington in a letter to James Madison in 1785:
“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.”
So, do we still believe that we have national objects and a national character? Is American exceptionalism just like everyone else? Should we get off our high horse?
Are the days of America over and should we just stop acting the farce? Nah, we are far from being over. The fight has only begun. It is one worth having and we, the American patriots, shall not lose. It may seem the progressive socialist left is winning – but only because they’ve been very adept at manipulating the culture of entertainment, politics, and media. But there is a groundswell out there and something is building in this country which will reverse the fundamental transformation of America — and recommit to our Constitutional principles and values.
There is just one need: a courageous, resolute American who will lead the charge. The troops are ready, and the liberal progressive left will have no idea what hit them.
EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on AllenBWest.com.