In general, ailment I don’t wax political on this blog, more about and this isn’t an effort to do so. However, I do believe in the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, including the freedom of expression protected in the Bill of Rights.
That’s why I just don’t get this story.
Didn’t follow the link? That’s ok. I’ll summarize. The town council of Pahrump, Nevada decided last week to make it illegal to fly a foreign flag without flying the United States flag above it. This particular piece of legislation is targeting Mexican flags in the town of Pahrump, and I think it sets a bad precedent.
What’s wrong with somebody flying a foreign flag? It doesn’t necessarily mean any disrespect to the USA; it may simply be an expression of nationalistic identity and cultural heritage. I lived in Brazil for a while, and when I was in college, I proudly displayed a prominent Brazilian flag from my apartment window. It’s not that I don’t love the USA. I just celebrate Brazilian culture by showing their national flag.
I see this particular issue as discrimination against foreign nationals who want to fly the Mexican flag as a celebration of their cultural identity. Even if the town council disagrees with the expression, it should–in my opinion–be a protected form of expression. It doesn’t hurt anybody. It just allows a person to be proud of their differences that make them unique.
In some ways, this is similar to an experience I’ve encountered in my hometown. Near the train station I use daily, there is a biker shop that flies a prate skull-n-bones flag above their establishment. I hate it. I think it is disrespectful and celebrates anarchy instead of celebrating the government that protects us and our freedoms. I wouldn’t choose to shop at a store that flies a pirate flag–but I still believe that the shop owners should have the right to fly one.
I believe that people should be able to fly whatever flag they choose, even if it isn’t the Old Glory that I love.
Part of the protected freedom of expression includes allowing people to do their own thing, even when you disagree.