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The Live Oak Flag Controversy
The "Only" Flag
Dispute Over American Flag
What the hell is going on in this country? Kids sent home from school for wearing American flag memorabilia? Kids suspended from school for burning a Mexican national flag when the American flag is burned in this country and nothing is said? Hispanic kids walking out of school to march for "respect ?" Were these "kids" suspended for walking out of class? In fact, what kind of respect did the five kids at Live Oak get for wearing American flag shirts, shoes and hats? They were suspended, although they were allowed to come back to school.
Of course, this all took place on "Cinco De Mayo," a Mexican holiday. I'm not sure what a Mexican holiday has to do with kids at school. In fact, in one school in Texas the Mexican flag was draped over a banister. One brave kid grabbed it and pulled it down. He, of course, was suspended. Now, the hispanic kids were saying they felt offended by the kids wearing the American flag apparel. Offended? Do they understand what country they reside (I assume illegally)? If not for the country that flag represents, they don't get free education, free meals at school, free social services and free medical service at any overwhelmed general hospital. I'm offended that they are offended by our flag. If they are that offended by our flag, the border to the land of the perpetually offended is not far away. Go home to your native country if our flag offends you, young lady and young man. There is no law that says we can't respect our American flag and symbols on "cinco de mayo:" day. .
All of the above took place on a Mexican holiday. I simply don't understand why we have to honor a Mexican holiday. Sure, people celebrate St. Patrick's Day. But, there is a reason why Americans (most, not all) take part. The Irish assimilated into American culture. They embrace it. Hispanics, for the most part, do not or will not assimilate into American culture. Hispanics are proud of their culture and history. There is nothing wrong with that. But, if you want to be accepted by Americans, you have to respect (ah, there's that word again) our culture and heritage. By feeling offended by the American flag, you offend Americans. It seems that would be easy to understand. You are not in Mexico. You are not in Guatemala, You are not in Honduras. You accept our language, our history and our culture to become a part of us. If you don't, you will never be a part of us. Instead, you will go on marches demanding "respect ." Here is a clue for you...you have to earn respect. You do not earn it by getting American kids in trouble for showing pride in their flag. You are not entitled to respect. You are entitled to nothing. That goes for everyone in this country. You have to earn it. At one time (pre-Obama), your success in life was gauged into how much blood, sweat and tears you put into it. The tools are there for you to succeed. It is up to you to use them.
I know some will say those kids at Live Oak (link is below) wore the American symbolism to school to start something with the hispanic kids. That may or may not be true. To me it is irrelevant to this issue. Those kids had the right to wear the American flag, hats, shoes, or even flags on cinco de mayo, St. Patrick's Day, Columbus Day or any other day if they want to do it. Someone would be facing a lawsuit if one of those kids were mine today. It seems people are too concerned if we are going to offend a minority culture today. Political correctness has run amok. With it, freedom of speech has come under attack. Those five kids at Oak Live had their rights violated by one school administrator and a few hispanic kids who are continually offended.
Side Note: This will probably be my last political post on HubPages. It appears my rants on this site caught the attention of a representative of a headhunter firm. He was looking for contributors to a startup news network site to discuss politics, sports, world news among other subjects. I have been hired to be a weekly columnist to this site. It will pay far more than anything I could ever earn from Adsense. Thus, this will be my last political post most likely. I know that will "offend" the Obama Zombies. ;-) I will continue to post to my series "On the road to getting published for the first time" here on HubPages. That means I will post at least twice a month. You never know how things will turn out with a new job. I'm told this site will be drawing in millions of readers each month. Hopefully, it will garner me enough publicity to get my novel published. Hey, I can dream can't I? We'll see. In the meantime, Wayne, sheri, sheila and all the rest, keep those "progressives" in line.
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The Live Oak Flag Controversy
- The Live Oak Flag Controversy
What the hell is going on in this country? Kids sent home from school for wearing American flag memorabilia? Kids suspended from school for burning a Mexican national flag when the American flag is burned...