Political Editors / June 14, 2017

Flag Day and Revisionist History

The U.S. flag is a banner of Liberty and a symbol of hope, not, as leftists would have you believe, one of oppression.

Today is Flag Day, a day to honor the American flag that flies as a beacon of Liberty representing those core principles upon which this great nation was established. The flag is a symbol of hope for all people who “hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed — that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…”

We’re also painfully aware that there are those who do not see our flag as a beacon of Liberty or hope, but as a symbol of oppression. There are many on the Left who seek to destroy and uproot this nation from its core foundational principles based on their misguided and flawed notions of fairness and equity. Leftists burn the flag or kneel for the national anthem as a sign of disrespect for the flag and the supposed “racism” it represents, and they scrub our nation’s history by demanding that statues honoring those who fought for the Confederacy be pulled down because of the sin of slavery. That’s historical revisionism black economist Walter Williams decries. Williams also notes it’s not limited to the Confederacy, but extends to our nation’s Founders.

In claiming to stand against oppression — ironically in the name of freedom and justice — leftists act to repress and oppress those who dare to hold view points and opinions contrary to their own. They mock patriotism and love of country as being emblematic of nationalistic bigotry, while proclaiming their constitutional right to freedom of speech as they burn the very flag which stands as a symbol of that freedom many have died fighting to preserve.

Will leftists demand we stop flying the flag at all? Williams argues, “The job of tyrants and busybodies is never done. When they accomplish one goal, they move their agenda to something else. If we Americans give them an inch, they’ll take a yard. So I say, don’t give them an inch in the first place.”

So, as you proudly fly the flag today, remember just how blessed you are to live in the greatest, freest, fairest and most generous nation the world has ever known. And thank the Lord for the unique blessing and privilege of being an American.

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