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The Live Oak Flag Controversy

Updated on January 27, 2012

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 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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  • Writer David profile imageAUTHOR

    Writer David 

    7 years ago from Mobile, AL

    One more thing, "someboy" YOU are wrong. This article was about anchor babies who were born here by illegal aliens. If the baby is born in America they are immediately eligible for social services such as food stamps, social security, free education. In short, everything that Americans work for, they get for free.

    Next time before you make a fool out of yourself, do a little research.

  • Writer David profile imageAUTHOR

    Writer David 

    7 years ago from Mobile, AL

    To begin with, the people that come to our country illegally are NOT immigrants, someboy. They are illegal aliens who have shown no regard for our laws. If you don't care about the law of a country, then why should you have respect? And, you are right...a lot of what we celebrate are from other cultures. But, the vast majority of those cultures obey the rule of law in the USA. The illegals who swim across the Rio Grande to enter into our country illegally have no respect for themselves or our country. So, why should we respect them? The majority of Hispanics have no regard for American beliefs, culture and our law. They stick to themselves, in their own blighted neighborhoods, living off the American taxpayer. That is a terrible thing to say. But, it is true.

    And, yes, its true that people make fun of America...until Germany or Japan invades your country. Then the laughter stops and the crying begins. But, it's what America does; we free nations just as we did in WWII. So, if you want to laugh at that, by all means, do so. Learn about other countries? How much do other countries learn about America? If you really knew or understood the sacrifices this nation has made over the years so despicable little worms like you can make jokes, at our expense, maybe you would respect us a little more. But, I doubt it. Before you can respect others, you have to respect yourself first. It is obvious you have no respect for anyone, including yourself.

    So, make disparaging remarks all you wish. Just remember your statement here when your country (since you didn't have the guts to say where you are from) needs help from big brother. We'll come running as usual because that is what Americans do. We help the least fortunate in the world. That includes the likes of "respectful people" like you.

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    7 years ago

    "You have to earn respect," you say. You're totally right. Americans will earn the respect they deserve if they show the respect other perople deserve as well. Want to know why most countries aren't quite fond of the US? Because their total lack and disregard for other cultures. Why complain about immigrants that thrust their ways on to you and disrupt your "American" culture when you yourself know you have NO culture whatsoever. That's right. 99% of what you celebrate was contributed by another country. My "American" social studies teacher once explained that every single person in class was an immigrant, including him. They all came from some other country. Can you truly say you are 100% American? Haha, that's right no. You are 30 % Irish or 20% Scottish or 60% this. In my country, we receive immigrants with respect so of course we are all on good terms. How it is it, I wounder, that Americans receive the newcomers. My teacher showed me an article, which actually explains that since immigrants are actually illegal, they cannot receive wellfare. Only US citizens can. Did YOU know that? So how do they support themselves? Not by leeching off you of course. It's your single teenage mothers and lazy men who do that. You Americans are quite the butt of the joke here where I reside. It's always the challenged American who says "Where's that?" Because they do not bother to learn about other countries. Why don't you improve and polish your so called culture and it's people first, THEN you can whine about immigrants disrupting your way of life, feeding off you. We might just take you seriously then. By the way, where did you read that hispanics get offended by those who do not celebrate their holidays? I have a few latino friends and they could not care less if you don't celebrate their culture. It's total disregard and apathy that makes people angry. As I stated above, show some interest and people will respect your cheeseburger eating "culture" as well. I have met your children by the way, they do no impress. Go to the UK, what you consider a child prodigy in your country, you can find a dime a dozen there. Well, enjoy your day!

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    tom hellert 

    8 years ago from home



    TH - good one -

  • Writer David profile imageAUTHOR

    Writer David 

    8 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Thanks for the compliment, James. I don't know what you are talking about with the Examiner. This was a new site that just started up. They wanted me to post once a week. But, it seems that they are not that interested now for whatever reason. I have my suspicions why. I'll just leave it at that.

    It's possible there is a communications problem between us. The site started up on June 1st. But, I wasn't aware of it until Monday. They contacted me first. If they want me to write, they can contact me again. I'm finished trying to get in touch with them.

  • James A Watkins profile image

    James A Watkins 

    8 years ago from Chicago

    This is a fine article, David. I'm sorry it will be your last. Are you going to the Examiner? Anyway, I totally agree with everything you wrote here. Respect must be earned. You have to do something to get it. The same with "self-esteem."

  • Writer David profile imageAUTHOR

    Writer David 

    8 years ago from Mobile, AL

    smh, I have no doubt that these hispanic kids that were demonstrating were "legal" in the technical sense of the word. But, for the most part, these are the "anchor babies" that are causing so many problems for our nation. They hold allegiance to the country that their illegal parents hold allegiance to. As for the Italians, Irish, etc.; those people didn't sneak into this country into the dead of night. They didn't come here to take advantage of social services this country provides. They came here for a better life, to OBEY the laws of this nation, not the ones that they consider irrelevant. Sure, they faced discrimination. But, for the most part, they didn't whine and cry demanding respect. Those people EARNED respect.

    So, you feel it was inappropriate for the kids to wear American apparel on a MEXICAN holiday? Seriously, what part of "this is America" that you illegal alien apologists do not understand? Even if their intent was to create a ruckus, they had the right to wear American shirts, shoes, whatever to school.

    I'm sick of the standard "white male holding back the masses of poor to succeed." That is total BS. Your own example of Barack Obama (Jimmy Carter is so thankful for him) is proof enough of this steadily becoming a color blind society. Unlike the regressives on the left, most Americans believe you deserve exactly what you earn in life. The days of big government will come to a crashing halt in November. I hope you enjoyed the ride, albeit brief. Speaking of Fox, would you comment on the CBS hatchet job on Bush, along with the help of Dan Rather? Seems Regressives refuse to touch that one for some reason. I guess we all should watch unbiased news like they present on NBC and its affiliate, MSNBC, right?

  • profile image


    8 years ago

    Why do you have to assume that the kids reside here illegally? The vast majority of Hispanic Americans are here legally, and most children in school were born here. Your explanation of St. Patrick's Day oversimplifies the issue and clouds many circumstances and discrimination the Irish faced when they came en masse in the 1800s. This has happened to the Germans, Irish, and Italians (sort of): only long after their struggles happened are they distorted and made to seem like their immigrant experience was more desirable than those of newer immigrants.

    While I don't think the kids should have been suspended for wearing US flag apparel, if their intent was to start confrontation against other people, then they shouldn't have misused the flag in such a way, and that intent may have caused the disciplinary action.

    Also, in terms of earning success, there is something called white male privilege that definitely makes it easier for such a group to succeed, whether one is aware of it or not. Despite Obama's election (and yes, he was elected by the people, with all the powers and privileges of a president, unlike Bush in 2000), the US is far from a color-blind, gender-blind society. Just food for thought...that is, if the facts matter to conservatives anymore, as Fox News lacks any objective credibility.

  • Writer David profile imageAUTHOR

    Writer David 

    8 years ago from Mobile, AL

    sheila it seems that the illegals, emboldened by the likes of SEIU and ACORN, have a sense of "entitlement" for all that this nation offers. They are illegally in this country. If we were to sneak across the border into Mexico (if you have a death wish, this will satisfy someone), we would immediately be arrested for a felony. Making it a felony into this country illegally is something I have pushed for a long, long time. Will it stop illegals? No, but a felon has no reason to ever apply for citizenship. He or she won't get it.

  • sheila b. profile image

    sheila b. 

    8 years ago

    Tell anyone 'offended' by the American flag to go back to Mexico and see how they like it. Celebrating their culture is understandable and a fine thing, but they or their parents left Mexico for a good reason. They should be celebrating the fact that they live in America now.

  • Writer David profile imageAUTHOR

    Writer David 

    8 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Paul, political correctness has had been and always will be about controlling freedom of speech. Notice how Democrats go nuts over political correctness? There is a reason for that.

  • Daddy Paul profile image

    Daddy Paul 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    "freedom of speech has come under attack."

    To me that is the the worst thing that can happen.


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