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