Friday, October 07, 2005

On Your Honor

The American flag was lowered and replaced with a new flag, the flag of another country. All the people stood as the national anthem of the other country was played. But one person did not stand. That person refused to show loyalty because he was still loyal to the American flag. The people in charge take this person out of the assembly, reprimanded, and then sent to the head of the organization in charge.

What scenario am I describing? A hostile take-over? Did you expect the disident to be thrown into a furnace?

It was a High School Assembly for Mexican Independence Day involving a senior who was on track to join the US Military.

A high-school senior who stayed seated during the playing of the Mexican National Anthem at a campus ceremony fearing if he stood he might jeopardize his upcoming enlistment in the U.S. military, was reprimanded and sent to the school office.

This student doesn't seem to know that he is not supposed to stand for another country's national anthem. He's made up his own valid reason but hasn't yet said that is he not loyal to Mexico. Think of the many sporting events held around the world, including the Olympics. In no way are people of other countries forced to stand and support another's flag, anthem, or pledge. All you should do is sit quietly and politely as you would expect them to do for you. Apparently, the faculty and principal of the school don't know the basic manners of proper respect. If they don't know, then there's no way that

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