The Flag is Bad?
As I recall my history starting in the 1700s men and women have put their lives at risk to defend the United States Flag. Men and women today are risking their lives defending us from the threat of terrorists trying to kill innocent citizens of this great country just because they were born here and when they go to church it’s not the same church the terrorist go to.
The United States Flag is a symbol of freedom and opportunity for this country. Our school systems used to teach history, and that history used to include facts about how great this country is. When I see that flag I see men and women standing behind it, because they died. They died a horrible death because innocent civilians were in danger and their country asked them to put themselves at risk to protect and defend those who could not defend themselves.
For more than 200 years this flag has been the symbol of a system of government that has thrived based on the rights of individuals and the freedom to live a life and work hard and raise a family with a minimum of government interference or any form of tyranny. The flag is a symbol of opportunity that has drawn foreigners to this country by the millions since our founding.
Ask any teenager what the melting pot is and they can’t tell you. This country has been called a melting pot because people from different countries came to this country and melted in. They held on to their home history and values, but they learned the language and the customs and became American. We all did this, some of us started with our parents, some with our grandparents, and some with grandparents so far back they don’t know when it started, but it doesn’t matter, we did it and we’re here and we all call this great country home.
Legal immigration is an important part of the flag; we could not have become as great as we are without the flow of men and women from other countries who recognized the opportunity here and thrived with it. Did you notice the first word of that last sentence, legal immigration as opposed to illegal immigration? I’m expected to pay my taxes every year, but if I don’t like the number when it comes time to file, should I illegally pay them as in not write the check? Legal is a good thing, illegal is a bad thing.
The United States Flag is a symbol of the Greatness of this country and the sacrifice and devotion to duty that men and women have shown for it. Apparently school officials have punished a couple of students because they wore a form of that symbol on Cinco de Mayo. The dictionary identifies Cinco de Mayo as a date of great importance for the Mexican and Chicano communities. It marks the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla. They should be proud of their history and their former country, but they made a choice to live and work in this country. Never lose sight of your roots, but learn to embrace your new country. That’s part of the melting pot. The dim witted school officials who punished students for wearing the United States flag need to learn that as well. As educators they should learn and teach that Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Expression are part of the Greatness of this country.
The Hispanics in that school are not at fault, the school officials are. Why do they teach their students and the rest of the country to discriminate? The Hispanics should celebrate their heritage and everyone should join them. I used to work in an environment where we had a lot of different cultures we had some sort of celebration almost every week. It was fun, it was informative and we all learned from each other. I embraced your celebration and you embraced mine, but I never stopped you from celebrating your heritage and you wouldn’t think of stopping me from showing my pride in my country.
The flag is a great symbol and it should be celebrated by all of us who owe our freedom and opportunities to those who bought it for us with their blood and pain. President Lincoln once said, “But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” He was referring to the Cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, but that also applies to our flag. We cannot consecrate nor hallow that flag more than the men and women since the 1770s already have. The dim witted educators who punished students for wearing it sent a signal across the country.
They’re so stupid that a feeble attempt at political correctness is also spitting in the eye to those who fought and died for their country. We must coexist in this country. We must melt in together. You must celebrate your heritage and I must celebrate mine. Your symbol is important to you but mine is important to me.
I won’t prevent you from showing your pride, and you damned well better not prevent me, my symbol was bought for with blood, courage and sacrifice.