13-year-old Cody Alicea rides with an American flag on the back of his bike. He says he does this to be patriotic and to honor veterans, like his own grandfather, Robert. He’s had the flag on his bike for two months but Monday, was asked told to take it down.
A school official at Denair Middle School (central California) told Cody some students had been complaining about the flag and it was no longer allowed on school property.
“In this country we’re supposed to be free,” said Cody. “And I should be able to wave my flag wherever I want to. And they’re telling me I can’t.”
Cody’s grandfather says the school was concerned about racial tensions or uprisings because of the flag. He feels if there was really a problem it should have been brought up two months ago, not during Veterans week. And if it was an issue of safety, parents should have been contacted.
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The school, after the issue became public, relented.
So, what’s the big deal?
The deal is so big the whole country should be up in arms. This action, by an obviously ignorant school official, is typical of a problem that’s endemic in all of our border states, particularly California. How many times have you seen the Mexican flag flown in news shots of mass meetings and, yes, uprisings, in California? And, trust me, it was those lovers of the Mexican flag who were the trouble makers the school administrator was worried about.
California is the heart of the problem. It was California which first began bilingual ballots and classes in both English and Spanish. It was California which allowed the camel’s nose under the edge of the tent. Now, in California, we’re blessed with hearing announcements in Sears in Spanish, far more than in English. We’re blessed with bi-lingual boxes of Bisquick, etc. We’re blessed with the real problem that results…bringing America down to the level of our immigrants rather than bringing them up to ours.
I grew up in central California. I watched as some of the most idyllic communities in the United States welcomed Mexicans, and yes, illegal aliens, into their midst. I watched as those communities became rubble, junk, graffiti, unsafe, and unacceptable. That’s the result of bi-lingual ballots and bi-lingual classrooms. That’s bringing us down to their level, and not insisting they come up to the level of American society.
It’s time we took a step back. It’s time we returned to welcoming immigrants and making them legal citizens and expecting them to rise to standards that have made American the go-to country in the world, and yes, to expect them to speak English and to leave their flags at home in the country of their birth…the country they were so eager and anxious to leave. I have lots of friends of Mexican heritage, who grew up with the good influence of an American culture, in America, and many of whom had families who brought the best of Mexican culture to their new country. And we should welcome and embrace it and them. Yet we must make sure we don’t make it easy for the rest of them to remain Mexican, and embrace the worst of what they left behind. And making it easy on them does just that.
It’s time we got some gonads, and said to hell with so-called political correctness and applied go old American common sense.
- Hard work makes a man; hand out, palm up, forsakes a man….
- Does the Constitution favor the rural man?
- A poll, regarding banning the flag in schools?
- It is the soldier….
- Meg’s a typical employer in California…most of whom are moving out!