This week, South Carolina was debating the continued use of the confederate flag. South Carolina governor Nikki Haley proposed removing the flag from state grounds saying, “For many people in our state, the flag stands for traditions that are noble…traditions of history, of heritage, and of ancestry…. At the same time, for many others in South Carolina, the flag is a deeply offensive symbol of a brutally oppressive past.
Back in our State, socialist Seattle City Council socialist Kshama Sawant was taking her own stand against a flag. The difference being that the flag in question happened to be the flag of the former government of South Vietnam. The bright-yellow flag that features three red stripes is a symbol of heritage and freedom to Vietnamese immigrants, but Sawant doesn’t see it that way. Apparently, Sawant prefers the country’s current flag that is courtesy of the Communist North.
Why in the world would Sawant have occasion to give her opinion about the flag of South Vietnam? Well, it all started when fellow Council member Bruce Harrell proposed a resolution to officially recognize the Southern flag as the symbol of Seattle’s Vietnamese community. It is, after all, not uncommon to see the flag fly in Vietnamese neighborhoods around the city.
Sawant cast the lone “no” vote against Harrell’s motion, and proceeded to offend and stun the stunned crowd of Vietnamese Seattleites there to witness the proceeding by saying,
“All of you here are free to attach your own meanings to the flag. It is your right in a democracy. The city council, however, as the city’s highest elected body, has a duty to not uncritically endorse these projections and interpretations in the name of the entire city without a fuller understanding of the history of the flag. I personally believe that it is a mistake for the city council to endorse the flag of the former South Vietnam, a flag that is highly controversial and painful to many. When it comes to democracy, the former South Vietnamese government was also a dictatorship…”
Sawant went on to brush off testimony from Vietnamese immigrants (including a man who fought alongside U.S. troops in Vietnam) and said,
“The U.S. war and occupation of Vietnam was totally undemocratic and was fought to suppress the right of the Vietnamese people to determine their own fate.
“The U.S. war in Vietnam, which killed millions of Vietnamese people and tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers, was opposed by a majority of Americans and the majority of the people in Vietnam and across the world.
“I think that as an elected body of a major metropolitan area we have a duty to support these antiwar activists of the past, and of the present, and all of those who will have the courage to oppose wars in the future.
“While having the greatest respect for the Vietnamese community in Seattle, I am unable to vote for a resolution that ties this community’s recognition to a particular flag that is mired in controversy.”
Sawant’s latest display of her appalling ideology—and overall inability to apply reason to a situation—elicited cries of “No… No” from the crowd in attendance. That pretty much sums it all. Ladies and gentlemen, the pride of Seattle’s far-left, Kshama Sawant
Eastside Sanity says
Who Gives a Rats A$$.
She is a real true born&bred Marxist Communist!!
Well duh, of course she prefers the communist North Vietnamese flag. From one communist to another, she’s got their six.
Nothing Shifts the debate in Olympia more effectively than endless embittered whining about irrelevant symbolism in Seattle!
You’ve just described your tsarina to a T. Talking the comrade talk while walking the bourgeois elitist pig walk is all about empty, irrelevant symbolism. It’s all she has. Without empty, irrelevant symbolism, she’d be like a vacuum in outer space. Total absence of all matter.
Given how much you like bragging that you don’t live in Seattle and don’t pay taxes here, why do you even care who we elect, or what they say about anything? Are you that insecure in your own beliefs, so much that any competing belief sounds like a threat?
I’d rather the city council spend more time on substance and less time debating the symbolism of long-dead governments — or of anything else, for that matter.
Only in Seattle could such a worthless piece of excrement be elected.
Sawant. What an idiot. Self absorbed, she thinks that she’s famous. Infamous is a much better word for it.
And why should people even care? it’s not even the Vietnamese flag after all, or neither does it represent the the Vietnamese nationality, or the country itself, the Vietnamese immigrants only find the current Vietnamese flag offensive only because they are jealous and that they’ve lost the war and can’t live with knowing that they’ve lost and that they also lost their country, and the result wasn’t because of the communists, it was their own failed government and the American-French failure of backing them, while their government was just only their puppet.