A blogger at the New York Young Republican Club wrote Friday that the display of gay pride flags at the U.S. Embassy in London might be “an impeachable offense in itself.”
In the post titled “United States of Gaymeria? U.S. Embassy in London Flies Rainbow Flag” that was first reported by Business Insider, William Palumbo expressed his shock and horror at a photo of the embassy sent to him by his friend.
“Can I pose a serious question? At what point does replacing the American flag with the rainbow flag, a symbol of gay/LGBTQ (RSTUVWXYZ) pride from embassies abroad become an impeachable offense in itself?” Palumbo wrote.
According to Palumbo’s friend, “there was no American flag in sight.”
Why is this so disconcerting? Here’s Palumbo waxing about the importance of the symbolism.
A word about flags. They represent the country and the people of that country. They are symbols of the nation, particularly important when abroad. For Americans, and especially veterans, the American flag is a source of immense pride. Our flag is an icon of lore, and every school child learns (learned?) the story of Betsy Ross.
A legitimate government does not start flying flags of a stateless movement on its embassies abroad. This is just the latest evidence that something is very wrong, that the government is not acting like every preceding American government. Not even the most radical administrations, such as Woodrow Wilson, who racially segregated the federal government, or Franklin Roosevelt, who died at the beginning of an unprecedented fourth term, replaced the American flag.
Flags represent allegiance. Apparently the United States Department of State intends to tell the world, “We are the international gay movement.” Not allied with, but are.