Blinken uses our embassies as leftist political billboards

By Lt. Col. James Zumwalt

There are those in America undoubtedly pleased with her leftward tilt – one masterminded from within our republic – with some voluntarily driven by our own government.

Take Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s decision to fly the Black Lives Matter (BLM) flag at U.S. embassies around the world upon the first anniversary of George Floyd’s death. Floyd was the black suspect who unfortunately died at the hands of white police officer Derek Chauvin while resisting arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25, 2020. Chauvin had knelt on Floyd for nine minutes and 29 seconds, contributing to Floyd’s demise – although it was undoubtedly further enhanced by Floyd having just swallowed a lethal dose of fentanyl. His death triggered riots across the country under the BLM banner. Of little interest to the media and rioting mobs was Floyd’s violent criminal history.

Thus, Blinken’s decision to fly the BLM flag at our embassies gives hero status to a man whose only contribution to life was his death – one for which liberal activists have awarded him martyrdom. Liberal politicians, like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have contributed to the effort, gifting a folded American flag to Floyd’s family – an honor normally reserved for veterans.

Pelosi also organized a Floyd lovefest, kneeling in prayer, along with several other like-minded liberal politicians, for the same time period Chauvin had knelt on Floyd, wearing African “kente” cloth scarves. Democrats wore the scarves to solicit BLM support but failed to realize kente cloth is symbolic as well of the 17th century Ashanti Empire. Located in what today is Ghana, it was an active participant in the slave trade even before European participation. Pelosi’s kneeling was purely political showmanship as only a month later, she could not even remember Floyd’s name!

Established in 2013 by three radical black organizers, BLM evolved in the wake of Hispanic American George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the death of 17-year-old African-American Trayvon Martin during a scuffle between the two. A BLM co-founder, Patrisse Cullors, openly boasts about being a “trained Marxist.” A clear indicator of Marxist influence is that BLM’s website initially claimed a belief in disrupting the “Western nuclear family” – later purging the reference when BLM’s website underwent a “clean-up.” It has been noted, the single most important building block of any nation is the family. “If you destroy that, you can easily lay claim to a nation’s soul.” There should be no doubt this still remains a BLM objective, albeit in a stealth mode, for as Vladimir Lenin said, “Destroy the family, you destroy the country.”

Disconcerting too is that Cullors admits her “mentor” is Eric Mann – a Weather Underground activist responsible for bombing government buildings and police stations during the 1960s and 1970s. Cullors equates a book Mann wrote to one written by the greatest mass murderer in history, Mao Zedong.

Over the last few years, BLM’s confidence prompted its leaders to make outrageous demands of their local and state governments as well as of white residents. Concerning the latter, last year, in Seattle, demand was made for whites to surrender their homes to blacks.

Cullors recently resigned from BLM after being criticized for her exorbitant real estate spending spree, buying four homes and fencing one in for protection – activity one would normally not accredit to a Marxist. Meanwhile, a St. Louis BLM chapter founder released a video explaining he was resigning after learning, as an insider, “the ugly truth” about BLM’s priorities, which “had little concern for rebuilding black families.”

Recently, the Kansas City BLM chapter achieved a new low in disrespecting police. Activists carried a casket with a pig in it, dressed as a cop. On one side was painted “the other white meat” and “abolish the police” on the other. By flying the BLM flag at our embassies, this becomes part of the message conveyed to the world.

Further adding to BLM’s negative image is the demand by 10 original chapter members and others for “financial transparency” and “internal accountability” from the BLM Global Network Foundation, concerning the distribution of $90 million. Indications are some BLM leaders have used white-on-black police shootings not only to fill BLM coffers but their own pockets as well.

By our embassies flying the BLM flag, Blinken fails to recognize why BLM’s popularity has plummeted since Floyd’s death as BLM members have learned the organization is not what it portends to be.

Blinken’s BLM flag authorization also flies in the face of issues about which he, as secretary of state, should particularly be sensitive.

First, it suggests a retreat from a 1948 international agreement signed by all existing United Nations members then, save one abstention, that became a milestone for human rights. That agreement is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), motivated by the Holocaust, which recognizes equality for all human life, not just for blacks. The BLM flag suggests America is cutting out a portion of humanity for special recognition above all others, which is what BLM basically asserts, by shunning an all-inclusive message regarding the sanctity of human life.

Second, as BLM is pro-Palestinian, flying its flag is a slap in the face to Israel, our only real Middle East ally. BLM supports the terrorist group Hamas, which initiated a shooting war with Israel last month.

Much of what BLM represents is totally contrary to American values. Yet a blind Blinken ignores all the reasons BLM should not be embraced.

And, only days after flying the BLM flag, our embassies began displaying the LBGTQ rainbow flag to commemorate Pride Month – the month of June – to send the message LBGTQ rights are human rights and the U.S. stands with the global LBGTQ community. But it too cuts out a segment of humanity flagging it for superior recognition, downplaying the UDHR’s message.

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., has had enough, introducing legislation preventing political flags other than the American flag from being flown at our embassies. “The American flag is a beacon of freedom and hope for oppressed peoples around the world,” Malliotakis explains, and needs to be recognized as such by standing alone.

It is absurd the U.S. government is turning our embassies into political billboards. This year, America will be 245 years old. By her example (and despite protestations by today’s malcontent snowflakes berating her), America has done a damn good job of embracing and globally broadcasting her message about freedom and human rights. That is why more immigrants come to America than any other country in the world. An estimated 48.2 million people in the U.S. today – 15% of our population – were born in foreign countries. This makes it abundantly clear only one flag needs to fly over our embassies, ensuring the world understands what we are all about – and that’s the American flag.

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