The President of the United States has the authority to order the nation’s flag lowered to half-staff as a gesture of respect, and while such an order officially applies only to federal buildings, U.S. embassies abroad, and ships at sea, state and local officials usually follow a president’s proclamation.

On June 12, 2016, President Obama achieved the distinction of having issued that order more than any president in U.S. history, and the frequency with which the gesture is made – after Paris, Chattanooga, Brussels, San Bernardino and now, Orlando – may be lessening the meaning of the gesture.

The issue has been raised in Baldwin County, Alabama where County Commissioner Tucker Dorsey has, once again, refused to lower the flag after a national tragedy.

While at first glance, Dorsey’s decision may seem disrespectful, even an insult to the victims, it not only makes sense, it is a powerful rebuttal to Obama’s weak and politically correct policies – and a call to action.

Dorsey laid out his rationale on his Facebook page, beginning, Once again… another follower of Islam decided to shoot up a bunch of innocents in a place where they didn't have the chance to defend themselves or flee. When are we going to acknowledge the truth? When will we stop the PC and identify the enemy?

First and foremost, my soul aches for the families of the innocents killed, and my family prays for them and the world. Evil exists in the world, and it seems to be expanding at a rapid rate. It is evil, not guns, killing innocents, but that is a different essay.

When the flag is at half-staff, our country’s head is figuratively held low, and quite frankly, I am not willing to hang my head down because of a terrorist attack against our people and our allies.

I am not willing to hang my head down because evil shoots up a church, school, or movie theater. We need more than a gesture as a response. I want us, as Americans, to stand tall, courageously, and fight back against the forces of evil, and let’s fight like we intend to win.”

As it turns out, the County Commissioner understands what’s at stake far better than the Commander-in-Chief in Washington.

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