Thursday, May 6, 2010

I love the USA...too much to remain silent

Check out this article by Michelle Malkin regarding some high school students wearing clothing with the American flag on it on May 5th (Cinco de Mayo - a holiday that isn't even really celebrated in Mexico).

Seriously?  It's disrespectful for a citizen to wear something that has the flag of his own country on it while he or she is in their own country?  Really?

Let me state this loud and clear:  I am all for LEGAL immigration.  It has nothing to do with the race or nationality of any individual.  It has everything to do with people coming here and working to be a part of our culture.  I enjoy people coming from other countries, becoming a part of our society and adding their rich traditions.  I am not for people coming over here trying to make the USA into their country.  Let me add that I also think that people that want to come here and be a part of this great country, we should let them!

It's kinda funny (not haha, but ironic) to me that Americans have the reputation that they do in other countries (rude American tourist), but we aren't supposed to think badly of anyone that comes here and refuses to go by our standards.  I've traveled to other countries and have thoroughly enjoyed learning about other cultures.  I know full well that if I were to ever move to another country, I would need to assimilate.  Assimilation doesn't mean losing who you are or throwing beloved traditions out the window.  It means taking on some of the traditions of your new home and embracing it.

Jan Brewer in her own words regarding the new immigration law in Arizona.  And here is Arizona state senator Sylvia Allen in her own words.

I love my country.  I really love the USA.  I believe that we can do so much good in this world.  And I am tired of being called names because I love my country.  Or because I'm white.  Or whatever reason.

I needed to get that off of my chest.

UPDATE:  I am listening to one of the boys being interviewed on Mark Levin's show.  Other students were wearing shirts with the Mexican flag and nothing was said to them.  Some of those students said negative things to the students wearing US flags (who did not respond to the attacks)...and nothing was said or done to them.  If the flag of the US is offensive to you, then maybe this isn't the place to be.

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