Flying the Chinese Communist flag alongside Old Glory might not be a breech of protocol, but some Washingtonians are calling it a sign of disrespect.
And they aren’t sitting by quietly.
Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee ordered the Chinese flag be displayed between the American flag and the Washington state flag at the capitol building to honor China Ambassador Cui Tiankai’s brief visit Friday.
The flag was removed by a state worker, in the presence of patriots standing by with Gadsden flags and a state trooper.
It was originally reported that the protesters facilitated the removal of the flag as a video of the act made its way around social media, but the story became fuzzy when statements were released from the governor’s office to the contrary.
According to the Huffington Post, Jaime Smith, director of media relations for Inslee noted:
“The governor will often meet with dignitaries when they come to town. It’s a matter of protocol to fly their home country’s flag during their visit,” Smith said. “Our state’s Department of Enterprise Services was going to lower the flag shortly after that anyway.”
While it’s not clear what role, if any, the patriots played in the flag’s removal, according to The PolitiStick, “Washington State Representative Elizabeth Scott pointed out the irony and hypocrisy of the state boycotting Indiana, while honoring a tyrannical regime that imprisons people for their beliefs.”
Scott said in a statement:
“I spent two years teaching in Red Communist China, 1989-1991.
As a State Representative (39th LD), I am working as hard as I can to preserve liberty for my children and to restore the liberty we have lost. The assaults on life, liberty, and property are daily and frankly, I was not amused to see this flag flying over our state capitol, particularly when our governor just made a big show out of ‘shaming’ Indiana for joining 19 other states with legislation to protect freedom of conscience.
The irony was just too rich!
So it’s okay to threaten a flower shop owner in our state with the loss of her house, business, etc., and we can mock other states for their attempts to protect freedom of conscience, but we’re totally fine flying the flag of a country that still throws people into prison camps because of their beliefs?
It’s time to stand up and fight for our freedoms and remind elected officials that our state and U.S. Constitutions were set up to protect our rights to life, liberty and property. That is the whole point of governments being ‘instituted among men.’”
A good point?
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