The New York Times, in the spirit of Independence Day, recently published an article suggesting that the American flag is no longer a symbol that represents our great nation, but rather it is merely an indicator of one’s political loyalty, and Senator Tom Cotton has had enough.
During a segment with “Fox & Friends“, Senator Cotton criticized the piece, and scoffed at the notion that Americans should feel shame when the stars and stripes are flying.
“We should be proud of our heritage,” Cotton said. “245 years ago this weekend, our Founding Fathers declared our independence, not just because of local grievances… but because they wanted to found a new republic dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
The Arkansas Senator continued talking about our nation’s history, acknowledging that although at times our nation falls short of its ideals, “our history has been one of continually struggling to realize those ideals.”
“That’s exactly what Dr. Martin Luther King says,” Cotton states, citing the civil rights icon’s famous “I have a dream” speech. “He explicitly and repeatedly invoked the Declaration, and said that our work is the full realization of America’s founding principles.”
“We should teach our children, whether it’s in the schools, or in our movies and television, or yes, our comic books, to be proud of, and celebrate America’s traditions.”
Just a few short weeks ago Mara Gay, an editor for The Times, told MSNBC that during a recent visit to Long Island, she became “concerned” over the number of American flags flying on the back of pickup trucks. “Essentially the message was clear,” she says during an interview in regards to the prevalence of the flags. “This is my country. This is not your country. I own this.”
Following Gay’s interview, the New York Times released a statement saying that her comments were taken out of context, and that she was making a point that it was the MAGA movement that led to politicization of the flag.
Less than a month later, that same New York Times published a lengthy piece with the title “A Fourth of July Symbol of Unity That May No Longer Unite,” and Senator Tom Cotton, along with millions of other Americans, has had enough of the newspaper continuing to divide the nation.
Although the New York Times would be one of the first publications to blame Republicans for creating division surrounding the flag, the fact that they published this article within a month’s time of claiming Mara Gay’s comments were “taken out of context” proves they are the ones pushing this narrative.
The flag has stood for many things over the years. At Iwo Jima it was raised to symbolize victory. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, it was seen as a symbol of a nation coming together. Now, the New York Times wants people to believe that the flag is nothing more than a political symbol.
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