Monday, July 03, 2006

GTB Blogburst

By Heidi at Euphoric Reality

Last year, I experienced a Fourth of July that I never want to repeat. I wrote about it, but at the time, I don't think my experience registered on anyone's radar. Here's part of the description as I posted it last year:

...all day, I was looking forward to the famous Freedom Over Texas Celebration in Houston - one of the top 10 patriotic shows and fireworks displays in the country. I was determined to brave the crowds (which my husband and I typically loathe) with kiddos in tow, in order to enjoy the culminating holiday of our nation’s heritage. We drove an hour to downtown Houston, spent 20 minutes looking for parking, and finally stepped into the crowds to move toward the center of the Celebration.

Here is what I saw as I crossed Allen Parkway near Buffalo Bayou:

There were NO 4th of July decorations - NONE. No red, white, and blue - anywhere.

There were no American flags.

No one was dressed in red, white, and blue except me and my kids.

There were no patriotic songs.

There was no indication of patriotic pride or nationalism in any way…

No one - not one person around us - spoke English.

The music that was blasting through the loudspeakers was Mexican mariachi or some such.

Home made pig skins were sold in baggies - and screeching kids in dirty clothes were hawking water bottles out of grubby coolers.

I saw more green Mexican flags and paraphanalia than anything American-themed.

What is this - Houston, Mexico?! Had I mistakenly ended up in some grungy street carnival in Little Mexico, instead of one of the “Top 10 Patriotic Celebrations in the Country”?! I knew that there was supposed to be military equipment displays somewhere in the center (which I was making a bee-line for), along with stages for Clint Black and LeAnn Rimes. I’m not a country-western afficionado, but I knew that I could most likely expect a moving patriotic song or two. As the crowds surged toward the Freedom Celebration, my family and I lagged more and more behind. Hot, sweaty, and rudely jostled in the rowdy crowd - I grew more and more angry. Looking around, I realized that no one seemed to be there to celebrate the 4th of July. It seemed like any generic public fiesta - just one more reason to party. I stopped walking and finally acknowledged the fact that whatever ‘celebracion’ was going on around us had nothing to do with America. I was far beyond disappointed…I was furious.

We left.

I took a lot of heat in the comments from people who objected to the fact that I objected to a Mexican-themed Fourth of July. But others wrote in comments and via email that they had seen and experienced a similar hi-jacking of our national holiday; they seemed more bewildered than furious. "How did this happen? When did this happen?!" There was no real public indignation.

Fast forward to 2006. This year, the in-your-face waving of the Mexican flag will have much more significance considering the politically-charged events of the past year. In a year that has seen illegal aliens gleefully desecrate Old Glory, and raise the Mexican flag over our own, such an offensive display is guaranteed to raise the ire of red-blooded Americans. After a year's worth of heavy-handed demands for the rights and privileges of full citizenship, illegal aliens and AINOs (Americans In Name Only) may feel emboldened to wave the Mexican flag during our Independence Day celebrations - just as they did last year with no public outcry.

I, for one, won't leave a 4th of July celebration like I did last year - furious but silent. I will say something to anyone who flaunts a foreign flag during our Independence Day. I want them to know it's inappropriate, deliberately incendiary, and offensive to people who deeply love this country and our valiant flag. This year, I have a feeling I won't be standing alone.




Blogger Always On Watch said...

Here in the D.C. area, I saw nothing but red, white, and blue for last year's celebration. Thanks to your posting here, this year I'll be on the lookout for other colors. The immigrant population here has burgeoned in the past several months--a noticeable increase from August 2005 to December 2005.

I want hot dogs, burgers, and baseball on Independence Day!

July 03, 2006  
Anonymous WMD Maker said...

I seem to remember that the Freedom festival in Houston is a FREE event. Who did you expect to show up for something FREE in Houston? It is the Organizers fault that Fourth of July or Patriotic music was not being played they are the ones who control the concert speakers.
If you want a good 4th of July celebration come a couple of hours west to San Antonio, still lots of people of Mexican decent but quite a few of them wave the AMERICAN flag. Many of thier families fought against Mexico
and consider this land their home not Mexico

July 03, 2006  
Blogger Brooke said...

"I want hot dogs, burgers, and baseball on Independence Day!"

And don't forget the apple pie!

Now I'm going to have my eye out, too. I think I'll take the camera...

Hey, what happened to your AV? Looking for a new one?

July 03, 2006  
Blogger kevin said...

I don't know, I didnt change it. A blogger glitch is my guess.

July 03, 2006  

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