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The National Symbols Should be for All Americans
The Democrats seem to hate symbols of the United States. Research into the response to the NFL players kneeling during the national anthem has shown that while Republicans condemn disgracing the anthem, Democrats support it. At the CNN-hosted Democratic debate July 30-31, 2019, Snopes confirms that there were no American flags visible. Meanwhile, Democrats have vilified the Gadsden Flag. This early American flag, depicting a coiled rattlesnake and the phrase “don’t tread on me,” is a symbol of the American Revolution, which lead to our independence from Great Britain. The Democrats have branded this remembrance of American freedom as a symbol of racism, akin to the swastika. And finally, Make America Great Again (MAGA) should be the mantra of all Americans, but it is the slogan of only the Republican Party. The phrase is despised and ridiculed by the Democrats, as if their goal were to make America terrible.
The Democrats also hate the Constitution. Their desire to take away the Second Amendment is well known, but they also seem fine with restricting the First Amendment. Free speech is being suppressed by Democrats who are making it difficult for people to remain in school or keep their jobs after expressing conservative views. A high school student in North Carolina was banned from school for wearing a Make America Great Again hat. A Washington teacher filed a lawsuit after being “bullied” by the principal and his colleagues for wearing a MAGA hat to a school training session on racial equity and diversity. A teacher in Walled Lake, Michigan was fired for tweeting his support for President Donald Trump. Georgia Clark, a Texas high school teacher, was fired for tweeting to President Trump, asking him to remove the illegal aliens who she said were overwhelming her school district. A conservative professor was fired after announcing that he was running for Congress as a Republican. A Utah professor was forced to resign after Tweeting in opposition of rioters. More than forty thousand people called for the resignation of a North Carolina professor, after he Tweeted, referring to rioters as “thugs.”
In addition to censoring free speech, the left is encroaching on academic freedom and the ability to explore opposing viewpoints. A UFC professor whose position became threatened after his Tweets were deemed racist told News 13, that he confronts difficult race issues in his courses, and that no matter how gently he goes about his criticism of all races, someone is inevitably offended. “But UCF is a university. It’s not a social gathering. The purpose of a university is to explore and debate ideas–even ideas that make some people uncomfortable; even ideas that some people find offensive.” A UC Berkley professor published a letter condemning BLM. He wrote the letter anonymously for fear of being fired, because “dissent could almost certainly lead to expulsion or cancellation for those of us in a precarious position.”
A professor at Evergreen State College was driven off campus by BLM protesters and wound up suing the university for failing to “protect its employees from repeated provocative and corrosive verbal and written hostility based on race, as well as threats of physical violence.” The Democrats, however, defend the riots, while denouncing those who speak out against them. In the wake of violent riots which left several dead, a liberal commentator said it was important to see the protests as “rebellions and not riots.” Harvard Law School faculty published an open letter to students and affiliates “criticizing President Donald J. Trump for calling for a military response to ongoing protests.” It seems the Democrats are committed to perpetuating the riots.
Democrats Support Violence
The Democratic Party refuses to condemn the violent Communist terrorist group known as Antifa. Additionally, they support the violence targeting of conservatives. Liberal cities, such as Portland, are the ones suffering the worst violence. At the Democratic National Convention, not a single word was spoken regarding the ongoing violence in any of the Democrat-led cities: Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta, Minneapolis, and New York. Democrat lawmakers have even expressed their support for BLM, an organization with self-described “trained Marxist” founders, whose website says they are dedicated to “a national defunding of police,” “prison abolition,” the destruction of the “Western-prescribed nuclear family structure,” and “dismantling cisgender privilege.” Meanwhile, police organizations across the country have endorsed President Trump, while the Democrats support the defunding of the police and a continuation of the riots.
The left advocates prosecuting conservatives who oppose the riots, while failing to prosecute the rioters. A New York judge ruled that a Fordham University student’s Instagram post, in which the student was holding a gun and wearing a “Don’t Tread on Me” T-shirt, was racist, although the post was made in support of an African American, former police captain David Dorn, who was murdered by rioters. The Democrats do not like hearing the violent rioters and looters identified as rioters or thugs. Time magazine even ran a story about why they should not be called rioters.
In Portland, Seattle, and New York, most of the rioters arrested were released by Democrat appointed district attorneys. Joe Biden sent a tweet implying that Kyle Rittenhouse, an innocent 17-year-old, is a white supremacist because he shot 3 violent Communists in self-defense. The man who would be president is attacking a teenager for defending himself from criminals who were trying to kill him. Democrats, similarly, condemned Missouri couple Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who defended their home from rioters by brandishing weapons. The couple were arrested. Their home was searched, and they were charged with, among other crimes, tampering with evidence. Fortunately, the state’s Republican governor, Mike Parson, said that he would pardon them should they be found guilty.
The 1619 Project
Kamala Harris Tweeted her support of the 1619 Project, calling it “a powerful and necessary reckoning of our history.” The Project, begun by the New York Times, focuses on slavery, claiming that the US was not founded in 1776, with Declaration of Independence, but in 1619, when the first slaves came to the British, French, Spanish, and Dutch colonies, which would become the United States more than 150 years later. The founder of the project dismisses the Civil War, claiming that blacks fought back, alone, against slavery. So far, the Project has received little support from scholars and historians who point out the numerous historical inaccuracies in the content. Even the World Socialist Web Site called the project a “racialist falsification” of history. The Project has been criticized for its “implicit position that there have never been any good white people, thereby ignoring white radicals and even liberals who have supported racial equality.”
Democrat-controlled states, such as California, announced they would implement the project, which GOP Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas called a “revisionist account of history that denies the noble principles of freedom and equality on which our nation was founded.” President Trump said of the Project, “The left has warped, distorted, and defiled the American story with deceptions, falsehoods, and lies. There is no better example than the New York Times’ totally discredited 1619 Project.” He has also vowed to cut funding to schools that teach the Project. Forbes Magazine called Trump’s attacks on the 1619 project “censorship of American history.”
In response to the various anti-America programs of the Democratic party, President Trump has called for an increase in patriotism in schools. To this end, he is establishing the 1776 Commission to help restore patriotic education. It is important to teach children the great legacy they inherit by being American. Since the Declaration of Independence, over 1.2 million Americans have died defending our flag and our way of life. Nearly half of all American war dead were killed during the Civil War, the war which ended slavery.
Between 1880 and 1920, 20 million immigrants arrived in America. Jews, Italians, Eastern Europeans, Irish, and others, fleeing repression in Europe, embraced the freedom and opportunities of this New World, this social experiment, a land of E Pluribus Unum, which created one people from many. America was the first country with a democratically elected government, including the executive. And President George Washington was not only the first American president, but the first president ever in the history of the world. Throughout the nearly 250 years of our country’s existence, we have faced our problems and through a combination of free press, free speech, and fair, in-person elections, and we have been able to confront and solve many of them, becoming a better country.
Slavery was wrong, but slavery was abolished. Women and African Americans were granted the right to vote. The Jim Crow Laws were prohibited. We defeated Fascism in Europe and the Japanese Empire in Asia. We won independence for Cuba and the Philippines. We opposed communism and planted an American flag on the Moon. Why the Democrats wish to abandon or disparage this brilliant history is baffling. But somehow, the proud symbols of the American people have become the proud symbols of only the Republican Party, making it the American party.