Saturday, May 8, 2010
On Wednesday, a Mexican flag meant to celebrate Cinco de Mayo went missing from Klein Collins High School in Spring. Administrators later learned a student tore it down and threw it in the trash . . . sophomore Nick Morris went on a local conservative talk radio show to complain he had been suspended.
This kid is GREAT - he cut down the Mexican flag 'cause it was hanging higher than any American flag inside his High School - and then HE TOSSED IT IN THE GARBAGE ! ! ! His school suspended him for 3 days (if he had tossed out an American flag they probably would've renamed the school after him).
United States Code, Title 4, Chapter 1 pertains to the Flag of the United States; Title 18, Chapter 33, Section 700 regards criminal penalties for flag desecration; Title 36, Chapter 3 pertains to patriotic customs and observances. These laws are supplemented by Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations:
"No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America . . ."
Here is the winner for best comment:
“Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, and is a symbol of Mexican pride, unity and patriotism.”
So the Mexicans beat the French. But everyone beats the French. I mean, like I could beat the French if they attacked me. I mean, if that is your most major holiday…
(Okay, so the French helped us win the revolutionary war against the British… I think we paid them back enough in WWI and II.
Regardless, the Mexican flag should never be allowed to fly in our schools. And what pride could the Mexicans have nowadays anyway? Their nation is impoverished, it’s on lockdown and it’s citizens are fleeing to the USA. Sounds like a real source of pride to me.
(Quote from a website sent in by a reader - can't find the original link - work with me here, people? - S.L.)
On February 24, 1836, during Santa Anna’s siege of the Alamo, Travis wrote a letter addressed to the people of Texas and all Americans in the World:
Fellow Citizens and Compatriots;
I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna. I have sustained a continual Bombardment and cannonade for 24 hours and have not lost a man. The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken. I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, and our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender or retreat. Then,I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch. The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily and will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible and die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country.
Victory or Death,
William Barret Travis
Lt. Col. Comdt.
P.S. The Lord is on our side. When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn. We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels and got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves (sic). - Travis
Let's keep an eye out for this young man - true patriotism is a rare thing these days; I predict great things for this Nick Morris.
- Sean Linnane