It isn’t exactly the shot heard around the world, but it is definitely a bell tolling and it isn’t for American freedom. In all actuality, it is another twist of the screeching screw we’ve been hearing turn in the backs and hearts of Americans in this 21st Century. When does it stop?
Beyond all reason, all sanity and definitely, beyond the Constitution of these Un-United States, the 9th Circuit Court has handed down another asinine decision! Limping along on previous case history, the Tinker Case (Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, 393 U.S. 503, decided by the 8th Circuit Court), decided officials of Live Oak High School, Morgan, California, were correct in telling the American students to ‘take off their shirts depicting the American flag, or to turn them wrong side out.’ The reason. It was Cinco de Mayo day and the Hispanic kids might get upset – or offended – if they had to face these shirts!
Really? When are school officials going to grow up? What examples are they setting for our young people, other than cowardice in the face of political correctness.
Let’s get the facts straight. This IS the United States of America. We do still have, I think, Freedom of Speech – at least foreigners do. It was a public high school, supported by tax dollars of the parents of the children who go there. The Hispanic kids are supposed to be Americans, we think. We do not know, nor does it ever say, whether they are here legally or illegally, but that doesn’t matter any more either.
More facts: Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May) “originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.” (Wikipedia. Emphasis added) The cause of freedom and democracy? For whom?
Certainly, the Hispanic community celebrates – with great joy – the defeat of invading France by Napoleon and his cohorts, but it is my understanding the victory is celebrated more rigorously in the United States than it is in Mexico.
It is wonderful when ethnic groups celebrate their heritage, as long as they don’t interfere with mine. I love going to these festivals where the music is lively and exciting, the costumes are colorful, and the dancing is joyous. The food is tremendous. Great! Wonderful! And isn’t it nice that you have the freedom to celebrate your heritage here in America – the so-called land of the free; the land of the red, white and blue.
But what about Americans? Can’t we be proud as well? Can’t we wear our flag and display it when we want? After all, it is our flag that has given you the freedom to celebrate your heritage – why would you be offended if we display, wear, wave, or otherwise enjoy our flag, even on your special day. I know there are groups of you that would like your flag to trump ours and that you love waving your flag. That’s okay. I understand. But you are in America – don’t expect your flag to trump mine. If you want to display your flag next to mine, go for it. I applaud that. But don’t think you can trump the American flag – we aren’t dead… yet!
And, oh, by the way, when you are in our country – the United States of America, it is correct flag etiquette for your flag to fly below The American Flag. If we are in your country – Mexico – our flag will fly below yours. Courtesy. That’s what it is called!