UC-Davis student gov votes against American flag

Peter Van Voorhis
Contributor at The Washington Examiner

  • The University of California, Davis Student Senate voted last Thursday to strike a bylaw requiring the American flag to be displayed at meetings because “the concept of United States of America and patriotism is different for every individual.”
  • The University of California, Davis Student Senate voted last Thursday to strike a bylaw requiring the American flag to be displayed at meetings because “the concept of United States of America and patriotism is different for every individual.”

    “It shall not be compulsory for the flag of the United State of America to be displayed at ASUCD Senate meetings,” states Senate Bill 76, introduced by Senator Jose Meneses.

    "[This is] a slap in the face to our military members..."   

    [RELATED: U. California students remove ‘offensive’ American flag from ‘inclusive’ space]

    “It should be at the discretion of the Senate whether presenting the flag is presently necessary,” the bill elaborates. “Considering that the flag is seldom present at Senate meetings, it should not be mandated by the Bylaws as a codified practice.”

    Senator Michael Gofman, who opposed the bill, posted on Facebook that “the bill will remove the flag of the United States from Senate meetings,” calling it “a political statement” and encouraging those who “feel strongly” about the bill to voice their opinion to him.

    “This a Student Senate bill that the Student Senate [voted] on,” a spokesperson for UC-Davis told Campus Reform. “It is a student effort and student decision, and not an administrative one.”

    [RELATED: UMN student told to remove American flag from dorm window]

    “The University of California has long been a public university dedicated to the education of its students. The flag of the United States of America stands for the educational opportunity provided by America, as well as the sacrifice of our military soldiers and veterans to provide us with this freedom,” Deborah Porter, political director of the UC-Davis College Republicans, told Campus Reform.

    “Restricting the flag to be displayed at the mercy of the President pro-tempore is a slap in the face to our military members, and their sacrifice, even to the death, for our freedoms. I hold our military members in high respect, and thus vehemently oppose Senate Bill 76.”

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    Peter Van Voorhis

    Peter Van Voorhis

    Contributor at The Washington Examiner
    Peter Van Voorhis is a columnist, political strategist, and media commentator. He is currently a contributor for The Washington Examiner, where he offers critical analysis on the pressing political issues of our time. He is a frequent guest on local news, talk radio, and national TV, and has been cited by Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Good Morning America, TIME, the Washington Post, and others. Previously, Peter was a Campus Reform Correspondent at the University of California, Irvine, where he studied finance and served as a member of the College Republicans. He has also contributed to the Daily Wire, The College Fix, The Blaze, Euronews, and Red Alert Politics.
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