Oregon Magazine

E-RFD: Insult to Our Nation 
   Date:  Mon, 2 Jul 2007 17:13:53 EDT 
   From:   Winstonone@aol.com 

The protesters put up the Mexican flag over the American flag flying upside down at Montebello High School In California. You will not see these photos on the front page of the New York Times, or on the lead story of the major news networks.

It makes you wonder why they moved here. Obviously, the place they left represents all that is good, and the place they came to represents all that is bad.  Based on that, we would be cruel if we didn't send them home. 

Even if you don't know why this act means what it means, you probably sense it isn't a positive statement. On the sea, an upside-down flag on a boat means it is in serious trouble.  No motive power, no steering, criminals have taken over, etc.  On the land, in this case, it means Mexico is a better country than the United States, and if the citizens of this nation don't shut up and do what these people want, then the citizens of this nation are racist, selfish bums.

If you choose to remain uninvolved, the email text said, do not be amazed when the day comes that you have far less left of what you worked for since it will have been redistributed to the activists while you peacefully remained above the fray. 

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