Flag Burning is Patriotic Afterall

Border Guardians, a group of xenophobic self-described "patriots" from Arizona, have taken up flag burning as a form of political expression.

“Flags are symbols of government, not of people," shouted Roy Warden, as a member of his group, Border Guardians, set foot to the Mexican Flag.

As a handful of journalists, and people from both sides of the debate huddled around, members of Border Guardians set fire to Mexico’s flag.

“We have declared this our day, and our moment of expression," said Warden.

The demonstration began before the flag burning as protestors verbally sparred with ACLU members showed up to observe the event.

One man stomped, and danced on the Mexican flag. He also taunted the empty, Mexican Consulate to express the group's view:

"(This protest) is against the Mexican government and the Mexicans that are illegally present in the United States right now," says Laine Lawless, Director of Border Guardians, “I want the American people to know that we're going to stand up for them."

Roy Warden added, “You may not enter our country without our permission.”

Funny, but I think that's the same thing the Mexican government (as opposed to a group of Mexican thugs pretending to be a militia) said back in 1846. Lest anyone think that Warden and his group are acting out of ethnic hatered, the leader of the Border Guardians set the record straight:

“Our movement is of all colors of skin. It has nothing to do with racism."

Warden says the group's action's were not specifically targeting the people of Mexico.

While standing on top of the smouldering remains of the Mexican flag, Warden summed-up his group's views and their actions this way:

“We stand for the Mexican people.”

For more about the Border Guardians, Roy Warden, and premeditated flag-burning, check out this post at No More Mister Nice Blog.

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4 Responses to Flag Burning is Patriotic Afterall

  1. My father fought in WWII as a company commander and liberated a concentration camp in Wels, Austria. Before he died, he told me how opposed he was to those “knuckleheads” who were trying to get a constitutional amendment passed to outlaw the bruning of the American flag. He said that his men who died in the war, did so, in part, to protect the right of Americans to burn the flag in protest.

    By the way, I wrote about your blog on mine…..

  2. Jennifer says:

    My mother grew up in Austria under Nazi occupation and when the Allies came through, there were no happier people than those in her community. When she later, in the 50’s applied to come to this country, she had to wait 3 years while her entire family was scrutinized through a background check to ensure there were no Nazis or Communists. She also had to prove she could speak English, and that she had a job waiting for here when she came. She is one of those immigrants who holds this country the more precious because of the freedoms offered here, however she also feels that too often, the word “illegal” is left out of inflammatory articles or news stories. The point is not being against immigration, but ILLEGAL immigration. My sister-in-law immigrated here from New Zealand, and she continued to have to go to INS for years, even after she and my brother had 3 kids. Bottom line, if you don’t work to come here legally, you have no appreciation of the real value of earned citizenship and residency. Honor our laws by coming here legally, and you will be honored in turn with the right to live, work, succeed and citizenship. It’s that simple.

  3. trueblueblog says:

    Jennifer, I agree with the fundamentals of your position but I don’t see how they’re relevant to a vigilante mob desecrating the flag of Mexico.

    Also, I would like to see the people responsible for the “pull factors” that enable people to work illegally in this country receive more scrutiny from the press and Congress than they have so far.

    The simple fact of the matter is that the very institutions that the current administration is most responsive to – businesses – are the same institutions that have made the current immigration mess. There simply aren’t enough individuals paying cheap domestics under the table to account for the estimated 11,000,000 illegal immigrants in the U.S. today. Agribusiness and the construction industries are the primary culprits, but you don’t see mobs of American “patriots” burning crates of Chiquita bananas or picketing construction sites.

    Please forgive this analogy, but I think it’s applicable: people talk about illegal immigrants like they’re pimps when in fact they’re more like whores – vulnerable, exploited, symptomatic of the underlying problems, and ultimately expendable.

  4. kushibo says:

    as-94783-sa

    I am Nora. I admit it.

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