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I missed all the action.  The ironic thing is that I only had one kid at home at the time, and it all happened within blocks of my house!  Too bad I don’t have any pictures to go along with this post.  Oh well.  By the time I found out the happenings of the day, it had all died down.

I was driving down a main thoroughfare today after picking my son up from preschool and a pickup truck pulled up alongside me with a huge Mexican flag attached to the tailgate.  My son was like, “Look, it’s a flag from Mexico!  That guy must be Mexican!” Yes, apparently so…or is he an American?  I wonder how he would answer that question about himself?  I was actually a little peeved.  NO, I’M NOT A RACIST!  But, in light of what happened here in our town yesterday, I was annoyed by the blatant display.  And in fact, it turns out (although I didn’t find out until later) this guy was headed downtown to join the march on Morgan Hill, a bunch of Hispanic teens demanding respect after the incident at their high school yesterday.  “What happened” here yesterday you may have already heard about, as it has gone viral:  some boys from the high school just up the street from our house were sent home because they were wearing shirts with pictures of the American flag on them…and they refused to turn them inside out.  Normally, this wouldn’t have been a problem, but it was Cinco de Mayo…and some of the Hispanic students were offended by this display of American patriotism in America on “their” day.

The district, thankfully, sided with the boys and said they disagreed with the administration’s call.  The story obviously received national attention, and in response to both of these things about two hundred Hispanic students simply walked out of school today and marched down the street to the district office, and then to City Hall, in protest.  They said they were marching for “respect.”  Give me a break.  One teenage girl yelled at an innocent bystander pumping her gas, “you dumb white b**ch!” Respect indeed.

RESPECT is something that is earned.  To be respected is not a right.  Tolerance is another thing entirely.  I have tolerance for many people for whom I have little respect.  I respect the many generations of immigrants who suffered and sacrificed to come to this country, who contributed to this country economically, socially and culturally…despite being discriminated against.  My ancestors were obviously immigrants to this country, as most of yours were too, I’m sure.  I love that American culture is a reflection of that great “melting pot.”  The reason the melting pot analogy works so well, though, is because America has been made up of many different people with different cultural backgrounds who chose to come here and assimilate.  They “melted” into American culture.  That doesn’t mean that they gave up their cultural heritage, but it does mean that they became American citizens and thus pledged their allegiance to America.

I think it’s great that we can have a good time celebrating the many diverse cultures that have contributed to American culture:  St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras, Cinco de Mayo, etc.  But there is something else going on here.  A refusal to learn English, a refusal to respect and pay allegiance to America, a refusal to become citizens, a blatant refusal to obey the law, being intolerant to the display of the American flag on “their” day?  Do these people want to be here or not?  If yes, then they should DO IT THE RIGHT WAY, and at least have the decency to respect the country they’re so desperate to occupy.  How are they somehow privileged to become the exception to obeying the immigration laws that already exist, to receive special treatment over immigrants who OBEY THE LAW?  The uproar yesterday and today was not about Cinco de Mayo.  It was about illegal immigration.  It was about the AZ law recently passed.  It was about political correctness.  It was about Hispanic students becoming offended because showing American patriotism is now somehow racist against them.

FYI, I respect immigrants who come and work here LEGALLY.  I welcome them, in fact…no matter what color their skin is or what country they come from.  I do not respect the students who marched on Morgan Hill today.  They just lost themselves a whole lot of respect.  And people who couch this whole illegal immigration debate in terms of race are completely missing the point, by the way.

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It is very frustrating to me that there are so many in this country who fail to recognize that there is a fight for freedom going on right now.

The United States of America began with its original fight for freedom, even the Revolutionary War.  Our forefathers fought with words and swords to establish this as a land of liberty.  The result was not perfection, but it was exemplary.  Since then, their posterity has continued in that fight…to extend and preserve freedom.  The Civil War is remarkable in the high price that so many Americans paid in order to extend freedom.  World War II is a moving example of Americans fighting and sacrificing to preserve freedom.  Our 233 year history is wrought with countless examples of the continuous fight for freedom, sometimes with swords…and sometimes just with words.

But there are many now who just don’t get it.  Sure they know our past, but they’ve been lulled to sleep, lulled into the thinking that the fight is over, or that’s it’s not important anymore.  (more…)

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Last month, in London, Clint Eastwood displayed some good old-fashioned common sense:

“People have lost their sense of humour. In former times we constantly made jokes about different races. You can only tell them today with one hand over your mouth or you will be insulted as a racist,” the Daily Express quoted him as saying.

“I find that ridiculous. In those earlier days every friendly clique had a ‘Sam the Jew’ or ‘Jose the Mexican’ – but we didn’t think anything of it or have a racist thought. It was just normal that we made jokes based on our nationality or ethnicity. That was never a problem. I don’t want to be politically correct.

“We’re all spending too much time and energy trying to be politically correct about everything.”

It is ironic that the very people who claim to be working for a “color blind” society are accomplishing just the opposite with political correctness.  Newsflash:  most people are “color blind,” but have to consciously force themselves to be ultra aware of race, as well as religion, sexual orientation, etc. in order to not violate sacrosanct PC standards.  You see, if a person is not inherently racist, then it doesn’t even occur to him that using the scientific term “black hole” as an analogy might actually offend a hyper-sensitive, intensely racially aware idiot.  Perhaps you remember this very thing happening last July…from the Dallas News:

A special meeting about Dallas County traffic tickets turned tense and bizarre this afternoon.

County commissioners were discussing problems with the central collections office that is used to process traffic ticket payments and handle other paperwork normally done by the JP Courts.

Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield, who is white, said it seemed that central collections “has become a black hole” because paperwork reportedly has become lost in the office.

Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is black, interrupted him with a loud “Excuse me!” He then corrected his colleague, saying the office has become a “white hole.”

That prompted Judge Thomas Jones, who is black, to demand an apology from Mayfield for his racially insensitive analogy.

Mayfield shot back that it was a figure of speech and a science term. A black hole, according to Webster’s, is perhaps “the invisible remains of a collapsed star, with an intense gravitational field from which neither light nor matter can escape.”

I’m with Charlton Heston on this one.  In February of 1999 he set it straight with the students at Harvard Law School.  Here are a few exerts from his address:

“…the superstition of political correctness rule the halls of reason.”

“If you talk about race, it does not make you a racist.  If you see distinctions between the genders, it does not make you sexist.  If you think critically about a denomination, it does–does not make you anti-religion.  If you accept but don’t celebrate homosexuality, it does not make you a homophobe.”

“Don’t let America’s universities continue to serve as incubators for this rampant epidemic of new McCarthyism.  That’s what it is:  New McCarthyism.  But, what can you do?  How can anyone prevail against such pervasive social subjugation?”

“You simply disobey.  Peaceably, yes.  Respectfully, of course.  Nonviolently, absolutely.  But when told how to think or what to say or how to behave, we don’t.  We disobey the social protocol that stifles and stigmatizes personal freedom.”

“In that same spirit, I’m asking you to disavow cultural correctness with massive disobedience of rogue authority, social directives, and onerous laws that weaken personal freedom.”

I highly recommend listening to or reading Heston’s full remarks here; it is truly a remarkable speech on a critical issue of our time, indeed a “culture war.”  As Mr. Heston has also said,

“Political correctness is tyranny with manners.”

AMEN!

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