Nutjobs Burn Mexican Flags Outside Mexican Consulate in Tucson
by WH, Mon Apr 10, 2006 at 06:46:08 AM EDT
People like these are why I sometimes consider moving to Canada.
From the AZ Daily Star:
Twelve hicks who call themselves the Border Guardians, "a Tucson anti-illegal-entrant group," gathered in front of the Mexican Consulate in Tucson to burn Mexican flags yesterday. They say they were protesting against the Mexican government, which they claim encourages its citizens to come to America illegally.
"This is a symbolic act," said Roy Warden, a Border Guardians member who helped to ignite the flag.
Making several references to people who carried Mexican flags during pro-illegal-immigrant marches last week, Warden questioned the patriotism of those who marched.
"We felt that when people are taking to the streets, it was an assertion of Mexican sovereignty. Today we are defending American sovereignty," he said.
Before dousing the flag in lighter fluid, Warden read several statements blaming the Mexican government and members of Congress for not providing more enforcement along the U.S. border.
He also said Mexican residents are being exploited by the "Spanish-descended elite of Mexico" and should revolt against the Mexican government.
Group members then recited the Pledge of Allegiance and lighted the flag.
As the flag's embers fell, supporters of the group cheered and shouted: "Long live George Washington! God bless America!"
You can't even make up sh!t like this. These people are nuts. There are a lot of people in Tucson who oppose illegal immigration, but most of them are not so insane as to burn flags over it.
If the people of other countries burned our flags for any reason, most conservatives might think a bombing mission was in order. While I personally think flags are stupid, I recognize that many people take something like this very seriously.
A Mexican national who burned a US flag would be arrested in most towns.
But these nutjobs plan to do it again today. More than 10,000 people are expected to take the streets of Tucson today to protest anti-immigration laws being discussed in Congress. Hmmm, 12 nutjobs against 10,000 people with valid concerns.
"We're not pacifists, but we'll protect ourselves if needed," she said, adding that group members do not carry guns or other weapons.
Lawless would not give membership figures for the Border Guardians, but she said more people have been viewing the group's Web site.
Asked if the group plans to burn more Mexican flags, Lawless said: "Anytime they take to the streets, we'll burn a Mexican flag. We're going to be there (at Armory Park)," where today's march is to end.
I'll bet the nutjobs get almost as attention from the media.
In Tucson, thousands are expected to gather at 9 a.m. today outside St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, on South 12th Avenue at West Ajo Way.
The demonstrators plan to march to Downtown's Armory Park for a rally featuring speeches and music.
Let's hope there are no confrontations. The ACLU will be on hand to make sure no one's free speech rights are abused -- even the nutjob's.
[This story cross-posted at Raven's View]