Victory for American flag over liberal students

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The Associated Students of University of California, Irvine (ASUCI), the student government organization at the university voted in early March to remove the American flag from the organization’s lobby saying the flag was a “symbol of patriotism or weapons of nationalism.”

The vote was 6-4 with two abstentions.

Using language borrowed from state legislatures or Congress, the Student Government passed “bill” number R50-70 banning the American Flag for the following reasons: Whereas,

“[F]lags construct paradigms of conformity and sets [sic] homogenized standards for others to obtain which in this country typically are idolized as freedom, equality, and democracy.”

“[T]he American flag has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism,” the bill continues, arguing that “symbolism has negative and positive aspects that are interpreted differently by individuals.”

“[F]reedom of speech, in a space that aims to be as inclusive as possible[,] can be interpreted as hate speech…”

Supporters of the bill said that that the (American) flag may be interpreted as a symbol of “American exceptionality and superiority” or “oppression.” As such, the flag could be interpreted as hate speech. The language of the legislation concludes with three resolutions:

  •  “Let it be resolved that ASUCI make every effort to make the Associated Students main lobby space as inclusive as possible.”
  •  “Let it further be resolved that no flag, of any nation, may be hanged on the walls of the Associate Student main lobby space.”
  •  “Let it be further be resolved that if a decorative item is in the Associate student lobby space and issues arise, the solution will be to remove the item if there is considerable request to do so.”

ASUCI President Reza Zomorrodian spoke against the bill saying:

I stand firmly against this piece of legislation, though I understand the authors intent, I disagree with the solution Council has come to”…“As Chair of the Executive Cabinet we will be having a conversation about this piece of legislation and deciding what course of action the cabinet will take collectively.”

Two days later, the ASUSI Executive Cabinet convened to veto ASUCI Legislative Council legislation R50-70 saying that “Flags and decoration adjustment for inclusivity”. We engage in this action to veto under the constitutional authority granted to us under (the) ASUCI Constitution stating:

“Vetoing, as seen fit, any measures adopted by the Legislative Council, provided such an action be exercised only once per measure, and within six (6) days from the date of the measure being passed, after which time, the measure shall become legislation with or without the Executive Cabinet’s approval.”

We fundamentally disagree with the actions taken by ASUCI Legislative Council and their passage of R50-70 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.

It is these very symbols that represent our constitutional rights that have allowed for our representative creation and our ability to openly debate all ranges of issues and pay tribute to how those liberties were attained.

For the moment, reason among student leaders attending the University of California, Irvine has prevailed.

Morgan Mayhew
Morgan is a freelance writer for a variety of publications covering popular culture, societal behavior and the political influences of each.
  • D. F. Fecarotta

    Deepest Thanks and Appreciation to all of the fine standup individuals – our wonderful youth – for securing victory of our Grand Old Glory – our red, white, and blue – represents to the world of how great we and our forefathers who have built our tower of FREEDOM, are. Our Strong U S of A, offers us what the world over wishes, and most cannot achieve. I love the posed picture stance atop this article, it brings me to tears….we keep a historically renown stance through to this day, forward on from our original Patriots. YES!
    Gratefully, Ms. D
    Retired Educator of forty years, Veteran of the U S Military, Caregiver and Advocate of Disabled Veteran Brother, supporter of God amongst our life, of the right to protect ourselves, and oh so Proud United States (senior) Citizen!

  • Wesley Griffin

    Go to the Arlington Cemetery ( or the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington DC, or just pick any cemetery in the United States and you will see your vote to remove the American flag from any part of this country will be met with GREAT animosity and protest.
    This is what we get when we let our schools and our universities teach communism and fascism in our schools. Every one responsible for this atrocity needs to be held accountable. Oh wait, i forgot , under this current administration we don’t hold ANYBODY responsibly.

  • D. F. Fecarotta

    And Morgan Mayhew, Thanks to you for your splendid, most informational article. We are grateful for this news being shared and told.

  • dbar

    In third comment, ‘your’ vote would be ‘ANY’ vote.

  • mspat

    If the students are going to act like this, then we the tax payers will and can shut the schools down. You want to destroy OUR FLAG, then you can go out on the streets and study. You are acting just like this government is acting. You ought to go to the mid-eastern countries and see what happens to their flags and freedoms. We have so many young men and women that is in so many cemetaries in this nation and other nations in of the world. You want to know what they were fighting for? OUR FREEDOMS AND OUR FLAG. You students will wake up after you have been indocturnated and then it will be to late. WE THE PEOPLE OF THE USA are so very disappointed in you and the country of Orange and the state of California. You all are a disgrace. I am very sure that obama is jumping for join with your conduct.

  • marlene

    I’m ready to stop paying property taxes to the schools in my area that include subversives, marxists, communists and anti-Americans and places more emphasis on diversity than nationalism. And i’m willing to put the money saved into a course that teaches the truth about America using original content material from Wallbuilders. It would be self-defeating to use the falsely edited re-write of American History as set forth in today’s textbooks.

  • James in Texas

    California was once such a wonderful place. It was full of people who had, just years before, fought a World War for the freedoms that our flag stood for. California was made considerably more prosperous by the very large number of military bases, people and the industries that support the military. I am very happy that at least some of the young folks still understand just how important our flag really is. If this country continues to turn it back to how great and caring this country actually is, all we will have left is a bunch of folks who ask……………”What’s in it for Me?”


    Flying the American flag on public property is legalized by law and since it is financed by the taxpayers monies then the students nor the administration have no say about this flying of our flag on the premises……you sniveling chicken excrements can go pound salt….