Ole Glory Insulted on American Soil

29 03 2006

H/T: Michelle Malkin and F/R

Update: 10:45 am EST scroll for new photo of a student in Dallas screamed at by an angry mob for carrying an American flag.

This won’t be a lead story, but it should.

Whittier area students from Pioneer, California and Whittier high schools walked out of classes to protest the proposed federal immigration bill March 27, 2006. The protestors put up the Mexican flag over the American flag flying upsidedown at Montebello High.

Michelle Malkin also says, Welcome to reconquista.

On California’s Cesar Chavez Day, at least 22,000 students walked out of Los Angeles district schools from the San Fernando Valley to Pacific Palisades, said Monica Carazo.

The students wore orange bandanas, “La Raza” T-shirts, and carried signs reading “United We Stand” and “Impeach Bush.” Many students also carried Mexican flags.

“We are the sons of immigrants doing a peaceful walk because we want equal rights for everyone and we don’t want them to pass this law,” said Damian Rete, 17, of Pioneer High.

“This is not only for the Mexicans, it’s for the blacks, Asians and Central Americans,” said Abraham Rangel, a 16-year-old Pioneer High student. “We will keep doing this for the future of all our families.”

My, oh my, we have a lot to learn. Sounds like these students have Jay Bennish teacher-replica’s.

I am guessing that this little tantrum will not bode well for their “cause.” Sen. Frist was not very fond of the McCain-Kennedy bill and will probably put his own bill on the Senate floor.

Update: 2:00 am EST:

This insulting of the American flag on American soil is already causing an uproar on the Internet on blogs, chat forums, and email.

And when the Senate does discuss the bill that is chosen, this makes it hard for Democrats to go after these types of votes.

Update: 10:45 am EST:

Caption: Michelle Marquez (left), a student at Lamar Middle School in Irving, was criticized for having a U.S. flag during an immigration protest at Kiest Park in Dallas. “My heart is with the Mexican flag and Mexico but I’m standing on American ground and I’m Mexican-American,” she said.

You go girl. Maybe some of your classmates will eventually “hear” what you are saying. Except, you are actually an “American.” A Mexican-American does not exist.

Lance at Red State Rant makes a good point:

“The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property. I am sure you can see the irony. The folks that think they are showing disrespect for the flag are actually signaling to everyone that the US is in trouble.”

This Michelle Malkin reader gets to the heart of it all:

I live in a small farm town in Nelson County, Virginia, and will retire from the Virginia Army National Guard in April 2006, after 22 years. I have spent almost one half of my adult life preparing myself and my soldiers for a time, such as now, that our country might successfully face our enemies, foreign and domestic.

Looking at your webpage this morning and seeing the pictures of the high school students raising a Mexican national flag over an upside down American flag saddened me terribly, insofar as there are American soldiers, Marines, sailors, and airmen currently putting their lives in danger in order to provide these “citizens” the comfort of knowing that their protests will not result in being lined up against a wall and executed for their behavior, as they might in other countries around the world. What would be interesting to know is if these young men and women are enjoying their educations on the back of the American taxpayer at a public school, while denigrating the country that provides these benefits to them, and so blatantly desecrating the flag that serves as a beacon to draw them to America in the first place.

Rob Port puts forth and excellent quote of Teddy Roosevelt’s in 1907 that is absolutely pertainent here.

In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American…

…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile…We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language…and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.

This morning, Bill Frist posted on his blog:

Today the Senate will begin debate on my Secure America’s Borders Act (SABA) bill and tomorrow the first amendment offered will be the bill approved by the Judiciary Committee on Monday night.

In the coming days we will debate the merits of each. This debate will give Americans the opportunity to hear all sides of this important issue.

I believe this is an important debate for us to have, and equally important for us to act. For too long this problem has gone unaddressed and is now threatening our national and economic security.

As we enter into this debate, let me be clear with you where I stand:

We are a nation of immigrants built upon the rule of law. And so many legal immigrants have played by the rules when coming to this country and making a life for themselves and their families. We should not break faith with those who played by the rules, so I will not support amnesty. We respect the rule of law and those who made it here the right way, and are trying to make it here the right way, rather than reward those who came here the wrong way.

America needs to secure her borders and we need real interior enforcement. Which is why the bill I introduced p
rioritizes both as well as increases legal immigration, and in doing each, honors our heritage as a nation of immigrants who value the rule of law.

I am pleased that the Judiciary committee bill has strong border enforcement mechanisms – the inclusion of those in this bill is a big step in the right direction.

But we have much more work to do.

Thank you, Dr. Frist, for staying the course with this critical issue.

Others: Wizbang, La Shawn Barber

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