I’ve read some good news that I felt like showing. Apparently, each primary school is set to receive a flag in preparation for the 100th anniversary of the 1916 rising. Most people seem to be in favour of it according to a poll conducted.
We asked how you feel about the Irish flag and anthem in primary schools. The results are in…
It seems Ireland is quite divided on the issue of anthems in the classroom, but less so on the flag
Following reports, in the Mail, that all 3,300 primary schools in the country would soon receive a tricolor from the government ahead of the 1916 commemorations, we asked you if you believed Irish primary schools should display the Irish flag, and if primary school pupils should sing the national anthem at the start of each school day?
Regarding the question of the anthem, you responded with a result that was decidedly divided, with 52.75% voting Yes, and 47.25% voting no.
Poll question: Should every primary school sing the National Anthem every morning?
However, there was a far clearer statment made on the poll asking if the national flag should be flown at every school.
Poll question: Should the Irish national flag be displayed in every school?
This is fantastic news. As the old saying goes, united we stand, divided we fall. I know our country isn’t perfect, but in the end, we have to take some pride in it, or else we’re doomed to lose everything that makes it unique and special. Seeing our people take pride in it, gives me hope that they’ll be more willing to stand up for it if… say…something like this happens.
Students at the University of California, Irvine have voted to make their school a more “culturally inclusive” place by banning the American flag.
The Associated Students of University of California (ASUCI) passed a resolution March 3 that would remove the Stars & Stripes along with every other flag from the lobby of a complex housing the offices of the student government.
“Designing a culturally inclusive space aims to remove barriers that create undue effort and separation by planning and designing spaces that enable everyone to participate equally and confidentially,” read the resolution authored by Matthew Guevara.
The resolution passed 6-4. Two people abstained. Let me break down the vote for you — six unAmerican students, four patriots and two individuals who could have a career in House Republican leadership.
Guevara’s resolution, which was in dire need of an edit, rambled on about “paradigms of conformity” and “homogenized standards” and blah, blah, blah.
It sounds like Mr. Guevara could have a future career in community organizing or the Democratic party.
“The American flag has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism,” he bemoaned. “Flags not only serve as symbols of patriotism or weapons for nationalism, but also construct cultural mythologies and narratives that in turn charge nationalistic sentiments.”
I know, folks. I know it’s California. But this is beyond bizarre even for the yoga and granola crowd.
I reached out to the university for a comment and a very nice spokesperson (who seemed anxious for the weekend) assured me the university did not endorse the resolution.
She also told me the executive board of the student government association is going to meet this weekend and discuss the possibility of a veto.
Reza Zomorrodian, the ASUCI president and a young patriot, told me he was very upset over the student government’s actions and will push for a veto.
“It’s an attack on American values,” he said. “A lot of people want to come to the United States for a reason – it’s because of the freedoms we have.”
Zomorrodian told me the legislation was the result of a longstanding feud over the display of the American flag. He said unknown perpetrators kept taking down the flag and he would put it back up. The flag is currently folded and being protected in a vice president’s office.
“I’m really disappointed in our legislative council right now,” he said. “I’m firmly against what they did. I think it was a horrible idea.”
Zomorrodian said he wants the American public to know that UC Irvine is a patriotic campus.
“Only six people voted for this,” he said. “We have 22,000 undergrads here. Six people made this decision. The UC Irvine has made huge contributions to bettering this country. This is an elected body that made a decision for the whole and will suffer the consequences of making that decision.”
Mr. Zomorrodian sounds like a very nice young man who understands what the American flag represents — and I hope he musters the votes necessary to rehoist the Stars & Stripes.
As for the handful of un-American rabblerousers who’ve brought shame upon the campus of UC Irvine – I would offer these gentle words:
If you have a problem with the flag and what that flag stands for and the brave men and women who died for that flag – then you are more than welcome to pack your bags and haul your ungrateful buttocks across the border.
And one final thought about the vandals who keep taking down the flag in the dark of night. I wonder if Mr. Zomorrodian has considered asking the university’s ROTC program for help. I suspect a handful of young soldiers might be able to nip that problem in the bud.
***UPDATE: Apparently Fox News exaggerated the story (LOL I really shouldn’t be surprised). Apparently what really happened was that the college only voted to remove the American Flag (along with flags of every other country) from a common area on the campus. There’ll still be an American flag flying on the campus grounds, but there won’t be one in the common area. I still believe that it was a pointless move and just pandering to political correctness, but it wasn’t as ridiculous as I originally thought. I value my integrity and don’t wish to be deceptive when I post information here, hence why I’m taking time to clarify what actually happened ***
How about this story
Portsmouth, Va. – Portsmouth Sheriff Bill Watson says he is furious after a group of judges told him to take down an American flag display.
Sheriff Watson said his agency got the American flag display as a gift from members of the Portsmouth Fire Department a few weeks ago.
It’s made of old fire hoses which a sign beneath it that reads, “A Tribute to Public Safety.”
Watson said he requested to have it mounted on the wall in the lobby of the courthouse but was shocked by what he was told.
Watson said he was told, “Not only do we not want it on the wall, we don’t want it in the courthouse.”
Watson said, “I just can’t believe that they don’t want to display the American flag in a courthouse, I mean that’s the most asinine thing I’ve ever heard in my life.”
NewsChannel 3 spoke with a judge who didn’t want to be identified about the issue. The judge told us it was decided that the lobby of the courthouse is not the appropriate place for the display.
He said they don’t want any display or memorial of it’s kind positioned in the lobby when people walk into the courthouse.
The judge said if you allow one type of display, then you will have to allow all types.
The judge said having the display in the lobby sets the wrong precedent. The decision is upsetting Watson and others.
Watson said, “They expect my deputies to put their life on the line for a judge. If somebody was going to come into a courtroom with a gun, the deputy is supposed to stand in front of the judge and take a bullet, but yet they won’t let us have our flag, saluting public safety? To me, that’s a slap in the face.”
The last bolded paragraph of the Fox News story, I agree with completely. If the American flag upsets you so much, then why the fuck are you in America? How dare you go into another country, then demand they change to make you more comfortable. You should be grateful for the opportunity that you have been given. I would direct the same response to anyone who cried about the Irish flag in Irish schools by the way. I don’t care where you came from, you’re in Ireland now. if you don’t like Ireland, and its symbols, then go somewhere else.
If I’m mistaken in accusing non-Americans of doing this, and it was in fact Americans themselves who did it, can I just say, what the fuck is wrong with you? You always go on about how America is this great inclusive country, a “melting pot” so to speak. If that’s the case, then shouldn’t the American flag be representative of everyone in America. Who cares if you’re white, black, Hispanic, Asian, Christian, Jew, Muslim, etc. You’re all supposed to be Americans, one people, united by the common bond of being American.
But of course, that’s bollocks. You say diversity is your strength. But as I already pointed out, the belief that most would share is that united we stand, divided we fall. So how can both possibly be true? Looking at the racial and religious tensions that go on there, it’s obvious that diversity is tearing your country apart. I only hope that those of us here in Ireland are smart enough to not make the same mistakes. We’re Irish, and we’re proud of it. United we stand, divided we will not be.