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Punishing American Students For Wearing The Stars And Stripes To School On Cinco de Mayo: Left of Center View

What people seem to be missing in all of this controversy is that the students who were asked to go home for wearing American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo were doing it to get a reaction. They chose to wear the flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo specifically to get a reaction. Well, they got a reaction so I guess it was "Mission Accomplished". The thing we need to remember is that America is a country built on diversity and the celebration of the many cultures that make up the mosaic that is America. There should be celebration of all cultures that make up America.

The flap over the flag shirts is really a tempest in a teapot. The kids in question were all given prior notice that for reasons of not wanting to create an inflammatory environment, overt displays of "patriotism" should be avoided on Cinco de Mayo. It was not a situation of coincidence that these kids were wearing American flag shirts on a day significant to Mexican immigrants. They wanted to start a fight and got exactly what they wanted. Of course the Mexican-American kids got offended because they knew they were being insulted. It doesnít take a rocket scientist to figure out that the kids wearing the flag shirts were noting their disapproval of the celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

The sad thing in all of this is that these fights are completely unnecessary. There is plenty of room in America for both patriotism and pride in oneís cultural heritage. If you question the patriotism of Mexican-Americans look no further than our military to see Mexican-Americans risking their lives to defend our nation every day. People who are anti-American donít put their lives on the line half a world away to defend our way of life. Many of those same veterans march in the Cinco de Mayo celebrations and often even carry Mexican flags to honor their heritage.

We have gotten so caught up in absolutes that we forget that there is room in the human heart for loyalty to more than one people or place. Many Irish-Americans march in the streets every year waving the flag of Ireland in St. Patrickís Day parades and nobody gets angry with them. Likewise Columbus Day parades often include the hoisting of Italian flags and nobody complains. For some reason only the Mexican flag has been deemed by the Glenn Becks and Rush Limbaughs of the world to be an insult to America. One of the biggest insults to America, the Confederate flag, is embraced by many of the same people that cry foul at the waving of the Mexican flag. The Confederate flag actually represents people who actively sought to stop being Americans because they wanted to keep buying and selling human beings as property. Somehow that is ok but celebrating Mexican culture is an insult? It's kind of hard to follow the logic there.

We need to become more inclusive and less confrontational as a nation. Choosing to do things that will start conflict, like wearing American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo, will not solve any of the problems facing our nation including the problem of illegal immigration. We will only make progress by working together. The more we divide ourselves the longer it will take to actually solve the problems we all face as Americans.


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Punishing American Students For Wearing The Stars And Stripes To School On Cinco de Mayo: Right of Center View

This has to be the height of politically correct stupidity. Sending kids home from school in America for wearing the colors of their nation is way past insane. Itís frankly insulting to many American citizens that we have become so concerned with the feelings of people from other countries that we punish our own children for showing civic pride. The advocates of this type of action should not only be ignored they should be encouraged to pick which country they want to support and given the means to enjoy the wonders of their nation of choice from inside its borders. If you want to be an American fly our colors. If you want to fly another countryís colors go live there.

This nation was founded on the idea that we choose to be Americans first and foremost. The colonists chose to abandon the priorities of their countries of origin so that they could commit completely to being American. If people from other countries want to come and enjoy all of the benefits of being American they need to put America first. Marching down the streets of our nation waving the flag of the country that you abandoned to come here is an insult to the people loyal to this country. We donít want a bunch of blood sucking leeches coming here to take our dollars back to their native country while spitting on our flag.

Letís make one thing perfectly clear; Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday. It is not an American holiday and there is absolutely no reason Americans should be required to observe it or even respect it. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of a military battle against the French that affected only the people of Mexico who were actually trying to skip out on their legitimate debt to France at the time. It has nothing to do with America and certainly should not force Americans to put American pride second in line behind Mexican pride. If an American wants to wear the Stars And Stripes every day of every week there should be no problem with it. This is America for Christís sake!

The bottom line is that we live in America, not Mexico. If you want to celebrate Mexican holidays go live in Mexico. For Americans to be punished for wearing the colors of their country because they chose to wear them on May 5th is ridiculous. Under the U.S. Constitution you have the right to wave foreign flags and if you choose to do that nobody has the right to stop you. At the same time if someone chooses to not celebrate your flag and traditions they have the right to do that too. Marching in our streets waving Mexican flags is a darn near sure-fire way to make a lot of Americans want to see you gone by any means necessary. If you choose to thumb your nose at the country that many of you have come to illegally by waving foreign flags and complaining about not being rewarded for breaking our laws you will not find a lot of sympathy. We donít take kindly to people insulting us while asking us to let them stay in our country. Weíre much more likely to say "F**k you and the coyote you rode in on." and send you packing.

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A Legal Immigrantís Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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