Nowadays it’s unavoidable that, to some degree, folks simply get used to occurrences that one time would have elicited howls of protest. Get inescapably thumped on the head often and regularly enough? Your head gets harder, you factor it in and press on.
Take the National Anthem controversy for instance – certain professional athletes continue to kneel in protest during the revered song and not a few Americans barely give that dis a second thought anymore.
Then something happens which has the unintended and unexpected consequence of waking up slumbering people …
Mad World News reports one such development:
“A dozen cheerleaders from Cornell High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, decided to take a knee during the National Anthem. …”
“Not only were there World War II veterans present at the high school football game, serving as the honor guard, but the veterans had been set up by the Superintendent of the school, Aaron Thomas, who invited them to the game, knowing that his cheerleaders were planning the disgusting protest. However, Thomas along with his cheerleaders would soon realize they had made the biggest mistake of their lives, as their antics would then go on to backfire in a huge way.”
“Shortly after the protest, a journalist by the name of Sarah Slayer caught wind of the incident and decided to make a video of the events, artfully piecing together media clips and details, highlighting how the World War II veterans were so distraught over the disrespect they witnessed at the game, that many of these elderly heroes ‘had tears flowing down their faces.’ ”
“Thomas’ phone line was flooded with irate people from all across America, and within a week, he received over 650 death threats. … Thomas then reached out to the local media, so he could whine about how Sarah Slayer’s video had made him a victim. He then accused the journalist of piecing together false details about him.”
“It’s “ripped apart our community … ripped apart my household,” Thomas whined. Unfortunately for him, in addition to being the most hated man in Pittsburg, Thomas was about to also be proven a liar, which you can see from Slayer’s second video that proves that Thomas knew about his cheerleaders’ planned protest, but he did nothing to stop it.”
“Karma still wasn’t quite done calling, however. [P]olice had to be called to do regular patrols around the school, and according to MSN, the school’s homecoming game had to be canceled “amidst major safety concerns.”
There are no rationalizations for death threats or chatter promoting violence in reaction to this incident, obviously – but isn’t it refreshing to see that people are still capable of righteous indignation over the dishonoring what that truly matters?
“Taking offense over refusing to kneel during a song? Gimme a break!” some world weary sophisticates might grouse. “Getting bent out of shape over a piece of cloth colored red, white and blue? Puh-lease!” others might snap. “Veterans crying about it? How corny!” 2018’s hardened cynics might scoff.
Then again, the above misanthropes are engaging in the luxury of their smirking and sneering while safe and sound and free – in part owed to the sacrificial efforts of those who have served to protect and preserve America; those implicitly honored in the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” and the raising of Old Glory at public events – like a high school football game. It’s stunning that blazing reality is lost on so many who are too “evolved” to get all sentimental over patriotic values.
Yet, sometimes “corny” is actually just legitimate respect and appreciation for what someone else has done for you.
Yes, sometimes “sentimental” is the heart reacting appropriately to something of inestimable value that touches us in a way that is hard to contain.
Shedding a tear, indeed, is precisely the proper way to react periodically when an outrage is visited upon a reality that ought, instead, to be esteemed and cherished.
Paying tribute to the American flag, rising to your feet, hand-over-heart and singing along when Francis Scott Key’s composition is performed is merely one exercise of many which ought to remind us there are elements of life that truly matter. They’re designed to elicit a pause and a moment’s reflection so that we don’t forget there is more to life than eating, drinking, sleeping, temporal pleasures – followed by death.
Of this controversy, the principle of the school, while offering an apology, also nervously and mind-bogglingly murmured, “If anything it created a healthy discussion within the walls of our building.” Well, yeah, I suppose that is one upside to an especially scabby event – but it hardly justifies it, doesn’t come close to sanitizing it.
“It elicited passionate reactions from both sides, but particularly from those who felt the protests flied in the face of area veterans who were on hand to serve as the honor guard for the game,” MSN reported. “Critics of the protesters later published a video that trickled on to social media directly calling out the teens and leaving some concerned about their safety at Friday’s game.”
Again, stirring concern about others’ safety is not cool. Standing up against the flouting of those who put their lives on the line for our great nation? Very, very cool.
In case those who jeer at “God-and-Country” types felt as if “old-fashioned” notions like love of one’s patrimony and basic respect for public conventions and traditions had been put to bed – a bunch of good folk over in the Pittsburgh, PA region have confirmed — it just ain’t so!
Pennsylvania Town Faces Intense Backlash over schools National Anthem protest. This is a very important, factual update on this story, that will hopefully clear up the issue, and help this town move on from this.
Posted by Sarah A. Slayer on Saturday, October 15, 2016
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Yuma Mayor Declares Emergency Over Migrant Crisis – City Overrun
This story originally appeared on WeBuildTheWall.news & was edited & republished with permission:
Sounds like a humanitarian and a national security crisis to me and I’m not the only one who sees it that way. Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls just declared an emergency in his city due to what he said was the strain caused by the incoming flow of migrants. The agents and authorities are simply being overwhelmed and swarmed by these invaders.
1,800 came over the border in one day… one day! Half of those detained on Tuesday crossing over from Mexico were found in the El Paso, Texas area, according to officials. Border patrol said more than 980 were apprehended before 5 am after crossing in three large groups. Yuma is having just as rough a time of it.
Mayor Nicholls went public with this on Facebook. He explained that he “proclaimed a local emergency” in the city “due to the migrant family releases overwhelming the local shelter system.” And it’s not just the sheer numbers of illegal immigrants… it’s the economic burden, the crime, the drugs, the danger to children and disease that is playing into this massive emergency state.
Nicholls is begging the government to step in and do something here. I don’t blame him in the least. They need help and fast. “I am calling upon the federal government to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Yuma, as our NGO’s are overcapacity and cannot sustain providing this aid,” the post said. Here’s a thought – ship all of them to sanctuary cities just as Trump proposed. Works for me. Better yet, don’t let them in at all unless they come here legally.
From Fox News:
“Nicholls, in a video, laid out his reasoning behind the declaration, saying that he ultimately feels that its what’s best for both Yuma and the incoming migrants.
“So it’s with a heavy heart that I declare that we’re at this point but it is something that I believe we need to do to make sure that our community is maintained and that the human rights of all the migrants are also maintained and that we have a path forward that respects both,” he said.
“The city of Yuma, Ariz., also tweeted about the proclamation, citing Nicholls, claiming that released migrants were coming into the area faster than they were leaving.
“The move by the local official comes after President Trump declared a national emergency at the nation’s southern border earlier this year.”
Mayor: Migrants being released into the community faster than they are departing, and shelters and the staff to run them are at max capacity. A state of emergency is declared.
— City of Yuma (@cityofyuma) April 16, 2019
“The transportation network is just insufficient to keep up with demand,” Nicholls said. “And the backlog of people staying at the shelter has created this capacity issue.” The media and the left are playing it up that the poor illegal immigrants don’t have money for bus fare to go to relatives while they await their court date. But the issue here is that they should not be here in the first place.
Now, the city is hoping for a FEMA response. In signing the declaration, Nicholls said he hopes to draw national attention to the plight of local communities struggling with a federal issue, adding that he’s talking to officials in other border cities and calling on them to issue similar emergency declarations. The mayor stated that he had spoken to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who signaled his support for the declaration.
Today I proclaimed a local emergency in Yuma, due to the migrant family releases overwhelming the local shelter system. I am calling upon the federal government to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Yuma, as our NGO’s are overcapacity and cannot sustain providing this aid. I signed the proclamation of emergency and soon after spoke with media at approximately 3:15 pm (MST). You can view via the video below:
Posted by Douglas Nicholls, Yuma Mayor on Tuesday, April 16, 2019
“We will review any declaration once we receive it,” according to a statement Tuesday night from Patrick Ptak, a Ducey spokesman. “Ultimately, this humanitarian crisis is the result of Congress’ failure to act. It will only be solved by Congress actually doing something, and the governor has vocally urged Congress to quit playing politics and take action. If only they would.
“In the wake of their inaction, our office is working with local governments, non-profits and our federal partners to maximize available resources and ensure proper coordination between ICE officials and groups providing temporary services to migrants.”
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— Brian Kolfage (@BrianKolfage) April 11, 2019
Nicholls fears hungry migrants roaming the streets. He should fear much worse than that. “This isn’t a natural disaster,” Nicholls said. “But it is a disaster.”
“… the local emergency exceeds control of the services, personnel, equipment and facilities of the City of Yuma and requires the combined efforts, cooperation, and resources of the Yuma community including local and non-profit agencies such as the Red Cross, Catholic Community Services, The Salvation Army, Yuma Community Food Bank, churches, the County of Yuma, the State of Arizona, and the United States of America,” the statement said.
It’s long past time for the wall to be built and We Build The Wall should start their project this month. Meanwhile, President Trump is still scratching and fighting for every mile of barrier put up. Put the blame of all this where it belongs… squarely on the left. #WeBuildTheWall
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