From Conservative Tribune: A few short weeks ago, some students at Valdosta State University in Georgia were holding an anti-America rally in which they were filmed trampling an American flag.
This act of disrespect toward the flag then spread on the Internet and has become known as the “Eric Sheppard Challenge,” in honor of one of the students leading the disrespectful act.
As could be expected, the people filming themselves stomping on American flags are getting quite a bit of push back, particularly from Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer, who is calling for a new social media campaign to counter the flag stomping one.
“If they don’t want to be here, they can leave,” he said, summing up his point in an eloquent 10 words.
“I want you to go out and show your patriotism and take a picture of something that means something to you that represents this country, whether it’s the flag, whether it’s the Constitution, whatever it is,” Meyer said.
According to Fox News, Meyer called upon Americans to post their patriotic pictures and videos with the hashtag #NeverOutGunned, saying they need to show those who would disrespect the flag that “we are stronger and louder than they will ever be.”
“We love our country, and we love it more than anything in the world,” Meyer said.
Some people may be offended by the American flag and what they think it represents, and there is little that can change that.
Furthermore, as disgusting and disrespectful as it may be, those people have the right to exercise their free speech, which includes defacing and disrespecting the flag.
But Meyer’s idea is perhaps the best idea to counter the flag stomping, by outnumbering and overwhelming them with many pictures and video of people showing respect for the flag and displaying their patriotism and love for the country.
As Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously wrote, the best remedy for offensive speech is more speech.