We Can No Longer Say “It Can’t Happen Here”

6 May

We knew on September 11, 2001 that we were not immune to attacks from the outside. And in a wave of unprecedented solidarity patriotism soared. Everywhere you looked the American flag was flying. How then, did we get to this?

Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tees

Galli says he and his friends were sitting at a table during brunch break when the vice principal asked two of the boys to remove American flag bandannas that they wearing on their heads and for the others to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out. When they refused, the boys were ordered to go to the principal’s office.

When did this country become this flippin’ stoopid?

Yes, I understand that Cinco de Mayo is important to Mexicans, but it’s not a national holiday in Mexico, and it is not Mexican Independence Day. For the majority of Americans who do celebrate (particularly the non-Mexican Americans) it’s about the beer.

Still I have no problem with recognizing it and celebrating it. But let’s be clear.

This is the United States of America. A country that I’m not afraid to say is the greatest country on earth. Are we always the best people? Maybe not. But our system of government (for the most part) and our freedoms (while we still have them) are far superior.

I don’t own an American Flag t-shirt, but I just might have to buy one. I do have an American Flag tie from some years back. But don’t you dare tell me I can’t wear the colors of my country proudly. That’ll be true for Cinco de Mayo, St. Patrick’s Day and Octoberfest.

Get used to it.

Now, as an aside, if the school had a dress code policy that prohibited certain types of t-shirts, shirts with political statements or otherwise, I’d be defending them.

But that’s not the case.

This is a case of political correctness corroding a principal’s brain. Fortunately, the school district overruled him.

What a sad lesson for the students who were told their patriotism was out of place.

Diversity is one thing.

Stupidity is quite another.


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