Who’s the Real American in This Picture?

We’ve got a little movie for you today.  There’s a hero and a villain.  And your job is to decide which is which, boys and girls.

[Youtube link]

So here’s the plot.  A business in Reno is flying a Mexican flag above the American flag which, among other things, is a violation of the law in the United States.  As the local media begins to report on the story from the scene, a large bearded man (that would be Jim Brossard) walks up to the flag pole, pulls down both flags, and cuts the American flag off the pole (with what he wants to make sure everyone knows is an American Army knife).

Brossard says – and I’d very much like to quote him:

“That is what happened.  Right there.  I’m Jim Brossard.  And I took this flag down in honor of my country.  With a knife from the United States Army.  I’m a veteran.  I’m not going to see this done to my country.  If they’re going to fight us, then they need to be men.  And they need to come and fight us.  But I want someone to FIGHT me for this flag.  They’re not going to get it back.”

And with that Jim Brossard, turns and walks away from the camera – and right past the Mexican (let’s just agree to assume that he’s a Mexican due to the whole, ‘I think I’ll fly the Mexican flag above the American flag today’ thing) business owner and his amigo.

The reporter approaches the business owner – who is still watching Jim Brossard walking away with his flag – and asks, “So what do you think of that?”  The Mexican business owner walks over to the flag pole and retrieves his Mexican flag – which big bearded guy had tossed on the ground – and picks it up as the reporter asks, “No comment?  What do you think of that?  What are you trying to accomplish, at least?  Anything?”

And the Mexican business owner wordlessly goes into his place of business with his remaining flag and shuts the door, which features a sign bearing the words, “No persons under 21 allowed.”

I’ve reported.  You decide.  Who’s the Real American?  Big bearded guy or Mexican business owner, with his interesting choice in flag-order?

Who is the hero and who is the villain?

I didn’t have to ponder this one for very long: Jim Brossard, big bearded guy, I salute you!

I would offer to buy you a drink, Mr. Brossard, but I see you’ve already got that big can of whoop-ass in your hand.



Now, all of this said, this story is also part of a larger debate: which group of politically-active people is one the side of big bearded guy, and which group of politically-active people is on the side of Mexican business owner?

Let me just take a wild guess and suggest that he AINT on Nancy Pelosi’s side of the argument.

You can almost hear the cries of metropolitan liberals:

“That great big mean bully!  He’s got a knife.  He’s got a knife! HE’S GOT A KNIFE!!! Somebody call the police and have that terrible man arrested!

That awful man is a racist, and he’s bitter, and he hates immigrants just like President Obama said!  He’s probably got guns, too!  What’s that?  He’s a veteran?  See?  HE’S ONE OF THOSE RIGHTWING EXTREMISTS just like the DHS said!

He’s why we need sanctuary cities!  To protect poor immigrants from hateful men like THAT!”

Conservatives are routinely told that they’re losing Hispanics.  But if Hispanics are going to support one of their own proudly flying his Mexican flag over the American flag on American soil over Jim Brossard’s righteous outrage, I frankly don’t give a damn.

I’ll take Jim’s side any day.

I sure get the sense he’d take mine.

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3 Responses to “Who’s the Real American in This Picture?”

  1. A 1-In-100 Blogger Says:

    I know who the hero is!!!!

    Aye, I’ll take Jim’s side any day.

    A lot of legal U.S. citizens, who are Hispanic, serve in the military for our country too. It should be made clear this issue isn’t about race or ethnicity, but about respect for this great country — the United States of America.

    The veteran who removed the American flag, which was illegally flown in the U.S., was about respect too. That business in Reno likely got away much easier than how things could have turned out. It could have been much worse. And as for the hero, Jim Brossard, he had every right to do what he did and should be praised for it.

  2. hl Says:

    Jim is a patriotic American and I applaud him. God Bless him!

  3. Michael Eden Says:

    Amazingly, your knowing who the hero of the story is leaves you in the minority!

    You are entirely right: this isn’t about being a bigot; this is about seeking to protect American sovereignty and to protect our economy, our political system, and our way of life from the onslaught of illegal immigration.

    I have a number of fiercely patriotic Hispanic friends from all over the Latin American world. They are worth TEN of most Americans. They came from crap, they know the promise of America, and they are sick to their guts of seeing it being taken away.

    Being a soldier is all about recognizing flags. Twice a day (Reveille, Retreat) during garrison duty we faced the flag wherever we were and assumed parade rest. If we were in a vehicle, we were to pull over to the side of the road and wait until the final note sounded. We weren’t doing that to honor the song being played, but the American flag that we were to honor. In the field we rallied to our battalion and platoon colors for formations, with the American flag ever present and ever prominent. We recognize the meaning of the flag, and we pay attention.

    Jim saw the flag of a foreign country elevated above the American flag on American soil, and he acted like a soldier and a patriot.

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