Several students at a high school in California wore tee-shirts with American flags on them during Cinco de Mayo day and a vice-principal ordered them to turn the shirts inside out, remove them or make the walk of shame to the principal’s office.
As the boys’ story was starting to make national news, an extraordinary thing occurred. A couple hundred kids took to the streets and marched through the Bay Area city in protest.
When I first saw the headline about the protest, I thought it was kind of admirable that fellow high school students would take to the streets in support of the American flag-wearing kids. Since the school dress code didn’t ban the wearing of such a shirt, clearly the vice-principal (who is Hispanic) overreacted in a ridiculous way.
But then I read a little further down the page. These protesters weren’t young people marching in support of the First Amendment or objecting to the outrageous behavior of an over-zealous vice-principal. They were mostly Hispanic kids who were protesting the young men wearing the American flag tee-shirts!
It has come to this.
Many activists and antagonists who are on the wrong side of an issue employ the tactic of, “the best defense is a good offense.” I often debate liberals on Fox News Channel who tend to start yelling and attacking when they run out of facts or common sense. I suppose these folks figure if they bow up and get in our faces, we’ll just back down and see the world their way.
It must be the same with the contentious national conversation we’re having about illegal immigration. When Arizona boldly and bravely decided to tackle the illegal immigration crisis by enacting legislation that gives cops the right to enforce the already-existing immigration laws, liberals scream and howl and act as if the U.S. Constitution was being shredded before their very eyes. People in leadership positions - like Cardinal Roger Mahoney - have said ugly and terrible things about the new Arizona law. Even loudmouth NBA stars are getting in on the act. Canadian point guard Steve Nash, a talented basketball player with an obnoxious liberal streak off the court, is now lecturing us about what it means to be a good American. Again, please note Mr. Nash’s country of origin.
The world is upside down these days. Right is portrayed as wrong, laws are apparently meant to be ignored or ridiculed, and a few teenage boys get in hot water for daring to wear an American flag on their shirts on Cinco de Mayo.