Mike Rowe Asks: Why Are Tax Dollars Funding Colleges That Burn the Flag?

Mike Rowe Asks: Why Are Tax Dollars Funding Colleges That Burn the Flag?

Donald Trump posted an outrageous threat that drew passionate reactions from both sides of the aisle on the issue of flag burning and what should be done to punish those who do it. Some of us argued against more government control over citizens’ interactions with their own private property, while others demanded something happen to those who commit the “treasonous” act of burning the American flag.

Mike Rowe decided to weigh in on the issue and as usual, his response is rational and level-headed. I would expect nothing less from a man like Rowe. Let’s just hope that the snowflakes on the left don’t sic the “tolerance” police on him.


Rowe posted the message on his Facebook page and as always, it got me thinking about the issue in a different way than I had before. Here is an excerpt of the post; the full version can be found at the link provided above.

Last night on the tee-vee, as I flicked back and forth between my most trusted sources of cable news, I saw a number a college students setting fire to the American flag. Some of the students said they were “angry.” Others said they were “disgusted.” But many others were anxious to explain why they had become “fearful” of the American Flag. Interesting.

At Hampshire College, The President, Jonathan Lash, has actually removed the flag from his campus, in response to students who expressed “fear and discomfort” when confronted by the sight of Old Glory. He offered this explanation: “Removing the flag from our campus will better enable us to focus our efforts on addressing racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and behaviors.”


Here’s the problem. Tuition at Hampshire College is about $60,000 a year. That’s not a problem because it’s expensive – it’s a problem because 85% of Hampshire students qualify for some form of federal financial aid. http://bit.ly/2gsZxnk. That means that We the People are enabling schools like Hampshire to sell a liberal arts degree for approximately $250,000. With $1.3 trillion dollars of student debt currently on the books, I found myself thinking how nice it would be to hear a more persuasive argument from those who will happily take money from a country whose flag they despise.

I turned the channel, and watched another group of students dance around another pile of burning flags at another expensive university. I couldn’t tell where they were, but occurred to me that wherever they were – it probably wasn’t a trade school. To my knowledge, no one has ever burned a flag at a trade school.

I wonder why that is?

See? Mike Rowe has an interesting way of looking at things that I – more often than not – had not previously considered.

That being the case, I have a question for you; should colleges who tolerate the burning of flags on their property be denied financial resources? On a similar note, should students who are seen burning the American flag, be denied federal loans, scholarships, Pell grants, etc.? Or is this free speech that should be protected from government infringement on any level, including resource deprivation?

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