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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Don't Honor the Flag

The nonsense that is bred from the colonization of this country by Mexico was demonstrated in no uncertain terms by an incident in Reno, NV. Jim Broussard, a US veteran, heard that a business owner had raised the Mexican flag on his flag pole above the American flag. This is not just unpatriotic but is a violation of US statute.

(c) No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy. No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at any place within the United States or any Territory or possession thereof: Provided, That nothing in this section shall make unlawful the continuance of the practice heretofore followed of displaying the flag of the United Nations in a position of superior prominence or honor, and other national flags in positions of equal prominence or honor, with that of the flag of the United States at the headquarters of the United Nations.

So Mr. Broussard went to the site and removed the two flags, keeping the American flag and dumping the Mexican flag on the ground. Of course the person who is in trouble with the law is Mr. Broussard. No authority seemed to want to inform the business owner that he was in violation of statute but they are real interested in bringing a patriotic veteran to justice.

You can see the video here.

The usual suspects are clamoring for Mr. Broussard's head. The ACLU is making the claim that violation of the flag statute is not enforceable. Not surprisingly they say that to enforce such rules would be a violation of free speech. One might be surprised to know the ACLU holds a double standard for free speech but I doubt it. While they are ready to defend the right of the business owner to express his disdain for the country he is living in they see only criminal intent in the actions of a man who fought for this nation to express his love for the flag he fought under by upholding the statute that honors that flag.

A similar situation is occurring in New Mexico.

The New Mexico League of United Latin American Citizens has asked state and federal officials to investigate a University of New Mexico student who is accused of tearing down a Mexican flag.

Peter Lynch, 30, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge of criminal damage to property after tearing up a Mexican flag on campus last month. He has admitted tearing down the flag but said he was acting out of patriotism because the Mexican flag wasn't accompanied by an American flag.

"This was a hate crime that can no way be hidden under the color of patriotic," said John Moya, president of the Albuquerque LULAC Council.

OK, one can burn the US flag and be supported but the ACLU but destroy a Mexican flag and that is a hate crime. Go figure. The ACLU is nowhere to be found for the defense of this man's free speech rights. They are to busy trying to fry a veteran for expressing his patriotism.


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