Rashida Tlaib: I’m Going To Hang ‘Altered’ American Flag Outside of Her Office in Push for DC Statehood
It’s important to remember just because you have the right to do something, it doesn’t mean it’s advisable to do so. People have the right to burn the flag, but I don’t believe they should. You shouldn’t let it touch the ground, or be folded improperly or desecrated, altered in any way. Hell, I don’t even think you should buy a flag made anywhere but America. But you have the right to do so. That’s what’s cool about America.
Not all Americans think America is cool though. Some get elected to Congress because their District is full of folks who also hate America.
Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib said this week she wants to display an altered American flag with 51 – instead of 50 – stars outside her congressional office to demonstrate support for making the District of Columbia a state.
The comments came during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on a longshot Democratic bill–which faces resistance from Republicans–to make the District of Columbia the country’s 51st state. Ahead of the hearing, the city of D.C. ordered and displayed 140 American flags with the extra star.
So, people on the right like to fly this flag:
Many people I know fly this flag, and in their mind they are honoring those who risk their own lives to protect the innocent. However, I can see (I’m not saying I agree, but I can SEE WHY) someone may say this is ‘defacing’ the flag, as it has been materially changed in appearance.
Others fly this version:
Clearly, the Democrat Representatives actions are not without precedent.
However, life does not happen in a vacuum. Most people who I have met with fly the flag honoring the police and law enforcement, do so out of respect and pride for our nation.
There is a difference, in my opinion, between someone flying a flag that is altered in order to honor a group of servicemen is different than a woman who is constantly deriding our nation, altering the flag outside her office in Congress.
I’m not suggesting that her flag, and her placing it outside her office is not Constitutionally protected, I just don’t think “it’s a good look” coming from someone who, IMHO, doesn’t seem to be a big fan our our nation.
The folks over at Conservative Tribune have a different take:
At a hearing Thursday of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to study “statehood” for the District of Columbia, Tlaib told D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser she wanted a flag with 51 stars to display outside her office, as a symbol of her support for upending one more aspect of the Constitution as the Framers devised it.
Tlaib’s exchange with Bowser came up because D.C. statehood advocates had the effrontery last week to display American flags with a 51st star — a mangling of Old Glory for political purposes that should have offended even liberals with a respect for reality.
“I would love one,” Tlaib said, according to Fox News. “I would love to hang it outside of my office.”
It didn’t make her a lot of fans.
Call me crazy, but I think the last thing we need is the center of government power, corruption ie, our kleptocracy getting a electoral votes. On the other hand, are those citizens not taxed without representation in the general election? It’s not an easy question, but you can bet on one thing, if DC was 90% Republican there is no way in hell that Talib would even be considering such a notion.
The D.C. statehood bill has more than 200 co-sponsors and the support of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, both Democrats. No Republicans in Congress have signed on to the legislation, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he won’t bring a D.C. statehood bill for a vote.
The bill calls for districtwide elections of two senators and one House representative. It says all district territory would be included in the new state, save for specific exclusions of federal buildings and monuments, such as the White House and the Capitol.
Democrats argued statehood is needed because D.C. residents lack adequate representation in Congress.
Republicans said the framers of the Constitution intended for the nation’s capital to be a federal district.