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Trump’s flag-burning ban is about reviving America’s patriotism (not about policy)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hugs a flag as he arrives to speak to a campaign rally, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hugs a flag as he arrives to speak to a campaign rally, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

If President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign theme can be summarized into one word, it’s patriotism.

Of all the Democrats and liberals I’ve converted to conservatives over my life, they all had one thing in common – they were patriotic. The Republican Party is the party of patriots, which should be an extremely attractive selling point to millennials.

Trump tapped into people’s desire to have a president who loves America. Trump supporters wanted a president who doesn’t go on apology tours around the world and tiptoe through the tulips with world leaders dealing with crises. With that being said, it should be no surprise to anyone that President-elect Trump would take such a firm stance on the desecration of the American Flag.

I believe many people are tired of the flag burning and apology tours that we’ve been looking at for the past eight years under President Obama. I’d venture to guess that many are happy to see something finally done about it. People voted for Trump to put a stop to this cultural shift that’s caused Americans to lose pride in their nation.

Suddenly, it’s become unacceptable to be patriotic, however, feeling shame and disgust towards your country are perfectly normal. This is frightening for a lot of Americans who still believe we are an exceptional nation with exceptional values.

A perfect example of this shift is when it was acceptable, in 2008, for Michelle Obama to say it was the first time she was ever proud of her country during her husband’s presidential campaign. To me, this speaks volumes about how liberals feel about the past and what they envision for the future.

Since Obama has been elected, our country has never looked weaker to the world. First, our soldiers were on their knees, held at gunpoint by the Iranians. Then, the Obama administration gave up the Taliban Five for military deserter Bowe Bergdahl. Next, Russian planes buzzed over our naval destroyers as an act of intimidation. And now, Obama is getting snubbed at Chinese airports.

I think it’s safe to say that America agreed with Trump’s message. We want to win. We are sick of losing. We are tired of the haters, the un-American dissidents, and those ashamed and disgusted by America.

Trump wants to impose some penalty for disrespecting the flag that so many have died to protect. It sounds like we might be taking patriotism seriously for once, and I, for one, welcome it.

The question many have is, “Why ban flag burning?”

The answer is simple: Donald Trump wants to Make America Patriotic Again.

A $10,000 fine or loss of citizenship – probably an exaggerated suggestion – conveys how serious he is about bringing back patriotism and pride in our great nation. Just like many of his other blunt policy proposals, the idea to make flag burning a punishable offense is a bold new step in a direction towards patriotism and away from that shame and hatred pushed by people like Colin Kaepernick and various leftist “journalists” over the years.

Many people try to point to flag burning policy as a move towards authoritarianism. That’s not what it is. This is Trump saying that we in America will be patriotic again. We will love and admire our country again, and above all, we will be proud of it.


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