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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Fly Your Flag

-Now I've seen it all:
"At least you can in the 30,000-person town of Pahrump, Nevada, which is close to Las Vegas and even closer to stepping over the line with an idiotic, intolerant and insulting ban on foreign (read: Mexican) flags. The town council voted last week, 3-2, to approve an ordinance that makes it illegal to display a foreign flag -- unless an American flag is flown above it. Scofflaws face a $50 fine and 30 hours of community service."

"Pahrump resident Michael Miraglia proposed the ban because, he said, he got upset when he saw immigrant activists marching through U.S. cities last spring, waving Mexican flags. Mr. Miraglia told USA Today that he was especially miffed that "we had Mexican restaurants closed that day."[source:]

-I will admit that it is a bit foolish to be waving around a flag from another country that you chose to leave for America. That other country (in this case Mexico) is clearly not as good as the United States; if it was, they would have never left it in the first place. It is also known that most of those countries are decrepit and because of that, most of the people who chose to come to America from Mexico, Cuba, etc. are willing to possibly get caught by the border patrol or even drown in a homemade raft they made out of whatever materials were lying around at the time.

-It is very foolish to wave the flag of a country that you chose to purposely leave. On the same token, it is even more foolish for the "land of the free" - America - to tell you that you cannot wave it. Displaying a flag poses no danger to anyone.

-It is wrong for the government, local or not, to try and enforce such crackpot ideas upon its citizens.

-It stands for freedom; not for useless and improper laws.


  • This new wave of nativism cached as patriotism is particularly interesting, especially given the historical context of cultural unity as it relates to American immigration.

    For example, many Americans complain that the American identity is being lost because many immigrants don't speak English. While I agree that all Americans should speak the English language, it is interesting to note, though, that in middle of the 19th century in the Northeastern industrial cities, the actual proportion of English speakers was nearly a minority, because of the influx of immigrants. What this means is that that the few amount of people who don't speak English today hardly constitute the nativists crisis nativists currently describe.

    By Anonymous Victoria, at 12:15 AM  

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