Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Colorado America Celebration Prohibition Falls to Protests

The good guys eventually won this time, but the very fact that a protests were necessary to make this happen is a terribly bad portent for our future.

The administration at a high school in Colorado rejected a proposal for a motivational  "[school] Spirit Week" that called for one of those days to be set aside to celebrate America.


"Students and parents at a Colorado high school are outraged after administrators turned down their request for a spirit week day honoring America because it might offend non-Americans.

“They said they didn’t want to offend anyone from other countries or immigrants,” a 16-year-old member of the student council told me. “They just really did not want to make anyone feel uncomfortable.”

The student council at Fort Collins High School had proposed having a day to celebrate the United States during next week’s Winter Spirit Week. The young people pitched “’Merica Monday” – and invited their classmates to dress in patriotic colors. Their proposal was promptly shot down by administrators.

“They said they didn’t want to be exclusive to any other country,” a 17-year-old member of the student council told me.........................

After the administrators rejected the day to celebrate America, the teenagers offered a compromise – “My Country Monday.”

“We opened it up to everyone – no matter what country you are from,” the 17-year-old student told me. “That got declined, too.”......."

Protests and a volte-face followed*, but we need to realize that this is no isolated incident, nor should we assume that the decisions such as that which caused the original prohibition will not increase in frequency. 

The Left has successfully implanted - in the minds of far too many citizens of this nation, a wide range of new beliefs. Two relevant ones will be noted here"

-That any public celebration or honoring of this nation, its key historical events, or persons of importance (unless they are not white males) is unfair and hurtful to people who immigrated to this nation - one that would not be what it is if not for what and who should be celebrated or honored. 

-That the US - no longer allowed by the Left to be described as ever having had a core culture of its own, should be treated as nothing more than an administrative district made up of a polyglot of peoples, cultures, and languages. To make their point clear, they assert that no American should dare suggest that newcomers have a moral obligation to assimilate. 

Even by citing the example of Native Americans and American Blacks, the fallacious nature of the second position is exposed. One would indeed be very hard-pressed to argue that these two groups do not have cultures of their own that are uniquely American. Neither could they be compared in any way with natives of Mexico or Guatemala or Blacks in Cuba or the Dominican Republic. 

Leftists of course do not want this to get in the way of their claims. The unofficial motto of the American Left is "Don't confuse me with the facts."

The Coca-Cola Superbowl commercial that featured a bizarre multilingual rendition of America the Beautiful  understandably raised the hackles of a lot of Americans, but what must be noted is the implicit message in the advertisement; the United States is not a nation primarily founded on the principles of freedoms and liberties unique to the English-speaking peoples, nor does that foundation have anything to do with the outlook of 16th and 17th century English/British Protestantism.

This patently false and convoluted but unfortunately rarely challenged argument is becoming increasingly common. Its advocates seek to convince Americans that - since the American colonies had regions in which (in reality, not so) different subgroups settled, no modern American has the right to declare that there is any such thing as an American culture at all. This argument is not only applied to the United States. Last year, I read an article in an op-ed piece in a French newspaper that eviscerated French people for voicing their desire that France remain a nation that is made up primarily of people who would would traditionally be considered  French. The writer cited that, since modern-day France is a creation of regions peopled by Parisians, Normans, Bretons, Provencals, Alsatians-Lorrainers, etc, there is nothing that can actually be defined as French. He went on to imply that France would be no less France if the population of that nation was made up of a clear majority of Moroccans, Algerians, Somalis, and others not even of European extraction.

While all other peoples in the world are expected and encouraged to hold fast to the traditions their ancestors, the mere reference by a Westerner to the historical, cultural and religious tradition of his nation, that may go back hundreds or several thousand years, will be met with immediate false counter-claims and ridicule.

There is only one means to avoid either a meek and final subjugation or a cataclysmic struggle that will occur if the Left is allowed to continue to influence how we think and act. That means is a political break. It will entail the tragic sundering of this republic, but we no longer have the demographics on our side to roll them back. We have to withdraw to a defensible political line if we want to preserve anything that was bequeathed to us.  

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