Before I go on my little tirade about this, let me start by quoting something to you. It is called the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and is goes like this:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Simply put, that means that we all have a right to express our opinions as long as it is done with peaceful and proper respect. Wearing a tee-shirt decorated with the American Flag while eating your lunch in an
Now we come to a further incident that demonstrated clearly the hypocrisy of this incident. Shortly after these boys were sent home 200 Hispanic students skipped school and marched through downtown
Latino parents chimed in and chided the five students (one of which is of Mexican ethnic heritage) saying, "We’re all offended by it." One parent, Teresa Casillas, claimed her Hispanic children were upset by the behavior of the boys wearing the flagged shirts, calling it disrespectful. Yet for all the uproar, there is not an ounce of proof that the boys made any actions of provocation--except wearing the shirts on Cinco De Mayo. One of the Hispanic student protestors summed up the stupidity best, "It's disrespectful to do it on Cinco de Mayo," said Jessica Cortez, a Live Oak sophomore. "They can be a patriot on some other day. Not that specific day."
And so this is what the argument has been reduced to, Americans are no longer allowed to just be proud Americans and display their patriotism because is might offend people who apparently are under the impression that they are Mexican citizens, not Americans.
These militant, belligerent, children of Latinos living in
It was bad enough that the Obama administration went on a systematic campaign to discredit the recent right of the state of
Don’t get me wrong. I usually support immigration and sympathize with all people who wish to get to
The actions of the 200 students of
In my opinion, Assistant Principal Rodriguez should be fired from Live Oak High School. The school board could do so easily and if they needed to be politically correct about what they call it, merely label it a permanent unexcused absence.
There is nothing wrong with the expression of American pride by the display of the American Flag. If these boys had gathered and burned the flag, their right to do it would have been recognized and protected; their right to simply wear the flag should be equally protected and, in my opinion, applauded.
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