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Wednesday, May 7
May 5th: NOT Mexican Independence Day.
For fuck's sake, I made a mistake. Go get baked, you smoking rake.
I just typed this whole big rant about national pride, etc. etc. I'd rather not reveal that to you all. In a shortcake:
- I don't believe in celebrating other countries' holidays here. It, to me, is a sign of disrespect.
- Just because there's a popular ethnic mass in a certain area, that doesn't give them a right to celebrate and have more pride in that than America itself.
- Put down your so-called "native country" flags.
- If you live here, you're American. You're not 1/6th part Irish, 1/8th Columbian, 1/4 Aborigone, and 1 and 1/3 Italian with a pinch of Russian.
- No, don't forget your roots. Appreciate the culture; just don't flaunt it. Chances are, this country's better than anywhere else. If you don't happen to agree, leave.
- If you do even think about putting your country's flag up, America's goes on the TOP. It's the law.
The 1st Amendment supports all of the former actions, so nothing'll stop it. I think that extreme nationalism (celebrating holidays in the most bombastic of ways) is just disrespectful to this country. I don't know why, it's just the way I see it. If I see some flag somewhere, I'll think "why is that guy showing off? if he loves his country so much, why doesn't he marry it? I mean, leave?" While most might think it's racist, I don't. I don't discriminate, I just get annoyed and rant about people who are arrogant about "home country", no matter where they're from, ESPECIALLY those who believe "home country" is better than this fucking great country (those who rant about taxes and not being able to play frisbee on the street or something).
You might call me a hypocrite. I'm not. I was BORN in Ecuador. I lived there for 8 flippin' months and came here. I honestly do not consider myself an Ecuadorian. I've lived in this amazing country all my life, and know most of it, so I consider myself an American. I never celebrate Ecuadorian holidays, nor does my family. We've adapted to this lifestyle and we don't mind it one bit. We're loving every moment of it. I know much about Ecuadorian culture, and it's pretty fascinating. It's a beautiful country with a rather cool soccer team and much corruption in their government! ... Point: I'd rather live here than there; their beauty doesn't compensate for all the perks America gets. You'll never see me bearing a tee or flag with an Ecuadorian emblem on it. I just won't.
Oh well, I've said what I've said. "[country] Pride, R3PRIZINT" my glutes.
If you love it so much, why don't you marry it?