Lawmakers in Cali are putting their foot down on the shenanigans at UC Irvine by introducing an amendment barring any state-funded colleges or universities from banning the American flag on school property. Woo hoo! Awesomesauce!
The announcement comes two days after a five-member executive cabinet overseeing UC Irvine’s student government vetoed a move to ban the display of all flags, including the American flag, in an area of the campus.The constitutional amendment will be introduced Wednesday, according to a statement issued by the office of state Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove).Nguyen, a UCI graduate, said in the statement that the amendment is meant “to ensure that the American flag is proudly displayed at public universities and colleges throughout California.”
Sad that we even need this to happen, but I am glad there is someone who is standing up for America involved in this conversation.
If passed by the state Legislature, the constitutional amendment would require voters’ approval. The amendment could go on a statewide ballot in November 2016, according to the statement.
Co-sponsors are Senate Republican leader Bob Huff, Assembly Republican leader Kristin Olsen, state Sens. Pat Bates, Jim Nielsen, Jeff Stone, Mike Morrell and Jean Fuller, and Assembly members Matt Harper, Don Wagner and Bill Brough
No brainer on this one, and anyone who votes should vote for this anyways.
The UCI executive cabinet explained its position in a statement Saturday.
“We fundamentally disagree with the actions taken by [Associated Students of] UCI Legislative Council and their passage of [the ban]as counter to the ideals that allow us to operate as an autonomous student government organization with the freedoms of speech and expression associated with it,” the cabinet said.
“It is these very symbols that represent our constitutional rights … and our ability to openly debate all ranges of issues and pay tribute to how those liberties were attained.”
A student resolution adopted Thursday by the school’s legislative council had called for removing all flags from the common lobby area of student government offices.
The resolution, written by student Matthew Guevara of the School of Social Ecology, stated that “the American flag has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism” and noted that flags “construct paradigms of conformity and sets homogenized standards.”
The resolution passed on a 6-4 vote by the student legislative council, with two abstentions.
On Saturday, UC Irvine issued a statement saying the student government vote was “misguided.”
“This misguided decision was not endorsed or supported in any way by the campus leadership, the University of California or the broader student body,” according to the UCI statement. “The views of a handful of students passing a resolution do not represent the opinions of the nearly 30,000 students on this campus and have no influence on the policies and practices of the university. The American flag is still proudly flying throughout our campus and will continue to do so.”
I am all for these kids learning about government, but on sensible subjects. This is just outrageous- to think that anyone should vote for this is just un-American.
They said the flag ban was meant to resolve a conflict that began in January after an anonymous member of UCI’s Assocated Students hung the American flag outside student government offices.
“Over the ensuing month, other students who became involved would continuously take the flag down,” the students, Matthew Tsai, Negar Fatahi and Naty Rico, wrote on Facebook. “The conflict eventually escalated to the point where a number of students brought the matter to legislative council. It was our intention to resolve the problem for our fellow ASUCI members by reverting things to the way they were before the dispute began, when the common space had no flags present and there was no surrounding conflict.”
Yea, I know back in my college days, a wild and crazy night definitely entailed taking down American flags in the quad or Commons. Give me a break, you guys. Obama and their ilk has clearly rubbed off on you, and not in any positive way. Read a real newspaper and learn some real facts about America. Don’t ever try throwing that kind of disrespect at her again.
Written by Katie McGuire. Follow Katie on Twitter @GOPKatie
H/T: Daily Pilot
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