I agree with The Bee in its opposition to the University of California, Irvine students who wanted to remove the American flag. While our government is currently divided on several issues, we should always take pride in this amazing country. There are two problems with the argument of those who want the flag removed.
First, the word “imperialism.” The Europeans colonized much, if not most, of the world between the 16th and 20th centuries. Whether it was religious or economic reasons (spreading Christianity, importing raw materials, or creating new markets), the Europeans ruled over the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The U.S. does have its own empire, though it comes in the consumption of our culture, i.e. McDonald’s, Nike and iPhones).
Second, what the flag represents. Even the most liberal person will agree that the flag represents freedom of speech. By removing the flag, one is infringing on the First Amendment. Like the despicable members of the Westboro Baptist Church, who protest the funerals of dead soldiers, they are permitted due to the First Amendment.
While one may not agree with U.S. foreign policy toward others, that shouldn’t mean we remove the symbol of who we are.