MENG: If You're A Proud American, You're The Problem

MENG: If You're A Proud American, You're The Problem

MENG: If You're A Proud American, You're The Problem

If you’re proud to be an American, you’re the problem.

At least that’s the message delivered by school officials in Jackson, Wyo. Last week, principal Scott Crisp at Jackson Hole High School in Jackson, Wyo., canceled the school’s ‘America Pride Day’ because...you’ll love this....he was concerned that immigrant students would feel sad or left out.

I don’t know Crisp’s academic background; where he comes from, what his ideology is, what vapors he’s smoking, nor whether he bows to the east every morning while white knuckle-clutching a copy of The Communist Manifesto. But I do know this — Crisp knows nothing about being an American, nor does he understand the foundation on which our nation was founded.

Why would an immigrant feel left out at an America Pride Day? Did they not come to America in search of a better life for themselves and their families? Did they not come to America to embrace freedom of religion, freedom of speech, the right to own property and the other rights as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution?

Seems to me the immigrants just might celebrate America Pride Day with more enthusiasm, more passion, and more gratitude than perhaps some of us born and raised in America because they have seen the alternatives first-hand. They have experienced the oppression and tryanny in other parts of the world and they chose America to be their new home precisely because of its greatness.

America is inherently different from all other countries. America is the only nation in the world established to honor and protect the rights of the individual, and promote an ideology based on liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, republicanism and democracy. That’s something for which we should all be proud.

Crisp doesn’t get that. He believes Americans should be ashamed of our nation; apologize for our greatness; and sweep under the rug more than two centures of American exceptionalism.

Fortunately for the future of our nation, Jackson Hole students know more about being Americans than Crisp and they took matters into their own hands. Many of them protested the principals’ idiotic, anti-American decision by wearing American flag capes, American flag headbands, American flag shorts and other patriotic American flag garb. After school, one student even drove his truck around the school parking lot with American flags waving in the breeze.

The saddest part of this story — and the part that has largely been missed by everyone — is that a school would ever feel the need to declare a specific day to be America Pride Day when actually EVERY DAY should be America Pride Day.