Societalist revolution at UC-Irvine nipped in the bud
On 3 March 2015, six undergraduate members of the University of California at Irvine (UCI) student government Legislative Council, passed a bill that banned hanging a flag from any nation in the common lobby area of the student government offices.
For a moment, for a little while, it looked as though the Associated Students of the University of California, Irvine (ASUCI) had started the first societalist revolution. Yes, a societalist revolution, because their intuition that US, and other kinds of national flags, can have a nefarious influence on society is entirely societalist — but not socialist or capitalist — thinking.
The ban didn't last long, however. The world's first attempt at a societalist revolution was quickly nipped in the bud.
On 7 March 2015, the Executive Cabinet of the ASUCI convened and vetoed the resolution, stating that they fundamentally disagree with the actions taken by the ASUCI Legislative Council, and their passage of R50-70. The statement also included the non sequitur, "The views of a handful of students passing a resolution do not represent the opinions of the nearly 30,000 students on this campus, and have no influence on the policies and practices of the university."
In another sign that the only American value of any note is, quite literally, the (almighty) US dollar, state Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Santa Ana) told the Associated Press that legislators may introduce a state constitutional amendment prohibiting state-funded universities and college campuses from banning the United States flag.
Only one article I have read in the media has stated that the controversy isn't over yet. It is possible, they say, that the veto may be overridden if the student body is able to summon a two-third majority vote.
Sure, but I'm not holding my breath on that one.
The US flag does not stand for a nation of people, like We the People, but for a nation of states, and there is nothing to suggest that there is any other value among Americans that will ever resonate with even 3 percent or more of the people that has nothing to do with money, which is not even printed by the US government, but nobody ever protests that. In fact, what do Americans ever protest about besides bullshit?
I just hope that the day that I die, it won't be on US soil.
And since everybody in America cares about a flag that is all about the rights of states, and the right of a supreme, arrogant, and imperialistic government, and not at all about the rights of individuals, families, or even about small natural communities, I will console myself with the song, Beautiful Life, by Fisher.
It's a beautiful song about babies. Certainly it is not what most singers sing about, even female singers. Yet even just hearing the music, a mother's joy comes through in a simple and poignant way.
I say babies matter, and the pretty mothers that give birth to them, not stupid flags, and the tyrannical government they represent.
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Beautiful Life by Fisher, with lyrics