Here goes another rant..
My dad, David Grant Calhoun, was a 98 year old veteran of WWII who was at Pearl Harbor, he fought with the Navy as a SeaBee, and then went on with the Marines and C.I.A. in various other tours, died a few weeks ago and was laid to rest with a proper military 21 gun salute send off, receiving many honors we could only hope to achieve in our lifetime, if not several lifetimes.. ( I am a US-born citizen who has since taken up residence in Canada.. yes I too was raised a military brat, but anyway.. )
Cinco de Mayo isn’t a Mexican holiday, in fact people in Mexico don’t rarely recognize it at all. Wikipedia states: “Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a holiday held on May 5 that commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. It is celebrated primarily in the state of Puebla and in the United States. While Cinco de Mayo sees limited significance and celebration nationwide in Mexico, the date is observed nationwide in the United States, and other locations around the world, as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day, (September 16) which is actually the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico.”
Going around in email and the press is a story about some kids in California who were presumed to be shit disturbers and protesting Cinco de Mayo by wearing American flags t-shirts and bandanas. O RLY? Well, some clarification on the California T-Shirt story since the facts are a bit unclear ..
In California, the kids who wore American flag t-shirts MAYBE did so to protest the Mexicans. Sure, people in both Texas and California may have some problems with illegal immigration from our neighbors to the South. But don’t we also exacerbate the problem ourselves? In some ways, yes.
Can we blame the border patrol, immigration, and the welfare system? Perhaps the USA should be more like Canada. A Mexican criminal of violent crimes in the USA doing gangs and drugs and what-all? What to do, give them a nice clean bed and take care of them in prison? Hell no, send them back to Mexico. If they return, permission to shoot on sight. You know how China deals with theft? They cut off your hand. How do they deal with hostage situations? They shoot. That’s the “negotiation.” Boom, done. Human rights issue? Not really, I’d call it Natural Selection. Maybe we should be more like China. Save the tax payers a lot of money that way. Our prisons are overcrowded as it is, and too much of the American health care (and welfare) system going to these illegals, when our own legal born citizens are going without proper education, healthcare, and jobs. An American born on welfare or on the streets with no job? Fine, send them to the citrus fields and give them the manual labor jobs at or below minimum wage. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven down to the bario to hire some Mexicans to landscape my yard or help with some construction project. Blame me for encouraging them to get the few dollars, lunch and a few beers for an honest day of hard work. I don’t see any of the white begging street people in San Francisco lining up for those jobs. They’d just assume give me the finger than lift one to shovel dirt or hammer in a fence. Business problems in USA? Fine, stop sending our companies and factories to Mexico, give our business leaders some tax breaks for doing business here. It used to mean something to buy USA, now we farm it all out to India, China, Pakistan, Mexico, Japan, wherever or whoever has the lowest bid, and we complain about the quality of life here.. hah, look what we’ve done to make it this way ourselves. America was started from Immigrants, that’s what we are. Separate the people who are patriotic and love this place from the ones who feel they are simply entitled by birth because their family member fought in a war 100 years ago and came over because conditions at the homeland were terrible. Military service, or some form of civil service, should be compulsory by men and women who are able to do so, that should be part of immigration, don’t you think?
Back to the story of Cinco de Mayo and California.. We can almost bet neither of these kids were patriotic the other 364 days of the year, they probably just did it to be assholes, as kids will do. Really, is there anything shocking or amazing there? Nope, it’s just puberty and kids will be kids. They weren’t just wearing American flag t-shirts, they were also wearing bandanas made from American flags.
Well, the second thing I’d do is tell them it’s disrespectful to wear the US flag as a costume, the flag code clearly states this is no-no. There are proper ways to display or not display the flag. The first thing I would do though, is blame the teachers for permitting this whole thing to be an issue. Sure they were worried fights would break out between kids, or worried what is politically correct, but seriously.. the Mexican heritage kids had no problem with the other guys wearing American flags. And we aren’t talking a latino dominated school in East Los Angeles, this was in the culturally-diverse San Francisco bay area, and Morgan Hill is no slum or ghetto — the median family income in this Silicon Valley suburb is over 6 digits. As for the population, 65% are white, 35% are hispanic or latino, a tiny percentage of that being some other race or mix thereof.
Looking at Texas, the flag incident was simple also, but again, the news people hyped it up. There wasn’t any racial tension or motivation at all. Klein Collins High School (in/near Houston, TX) allows kids to put up flags of their ancestral country all year long to celebrate their heritage. Other flags were put up before (such as Germany’s) but it wasn’t a problem. Nobody called the German heritage kid a Nazi or took their flag down for fear of communism, this was just an isolated incident with one radical conservative kid who acted on his own. Yeah, the kid took a Mexican flag which was hanging in the hall. It wasn’t hoisted up on a flag pole in place of Old Glory. It wasn’t out of disrespect to our Red White and Blue. So the crazy kid threw the Mexico flag in the trash, while his classmates later just stood around scratching their heads. Of course, the local radio and TV jumped to blow it way out of proportion, making it a way bigger issue than it was. Surely we have better things to do with our time then to chase down some wild boy acting, well, very childish.
Maybe had the class wrote a paper what it means to be American, the kids would surprise us with their profound intellect. But that just doesn’t make good TV, everyone getting along, where’s the excitement in that? At some point, the reporters thought it became acceptable to induce mass hysteria. Ratings and viewership are up, lawyers continue to embarrass us with rhetoric and ravings, and if anyone needs a good spanking, it’s probably the kid’s parents 😉
Still, we are all Americans. Let’s not forget the first nation people that were long before us Europeans, Asians, South Americans, and whatever cross-cultural, multi-national genetic soup we have become today. My ancestors (like Curtis) were a proud Highland clan of Scotland, right, but by now, after several generations, who knows what sort of stuff has mixed in with our royal bloodline. It wouldn’t be too far of a stretch to think we’ve mated with all sorts of people from all over the place.
If that lady in Texas is no different, she better start including the whole freakin’ world in her little map of MY COUNTRY 🙂 [ that was a reference to an email I got from Sandra Tucker, a lady in Texas who was bitching about how unamerican we have all become and how willing we are to bend over and take it up the arse in expense of our patriotic duty and country thereof ] — my apologies for being a bit salty in the blog post, language rating is up there eh? 😉