I received a message in my email this morning about a poll on the Fox News website, which has a posted a question in light of the recent controversy concerning the incident in which Live Oak High School students who had worn t-shirts and bandannas displaying the flag were asked to either remove the bandannas and turn the t-shirts inside-out, or be sent home (some Latino students claimed they were “offended” by the shirts, because they were being worn on Cinco de Mayo… “their” holiday. It should be noted that at least two of the students who wore the shirts were Latino themselves, and Cinco de Mayo is not even celebrated in Mexico. So much for the “Mexican Heritage” argument, as one Latina student claimed).
The question was this: “Should The American Flag be Banned – In America?”
As of this writing, 57% of the respondents voted “yes” on the ban, while 27% voted “no”.
There’s a twist to this story, however. Word has it that the website “MoveOn.org” has posted “tweets” (from the Twitter program) encouraging their members, as well as members of the Service Employees International Union (commonly referred to as the SEIU labor union) and Organizing for America to vote “yes” for the ban.
Looks like they’ve responded.
Now, I admit that I’m unable to confirm this for myself at this time. I’ve checked the MoveOn.org website, but I was unable to find any specific post encouraging their members to vote on the poll. I’m not saying it’s not there… I just can’t find it. I’ve also been unsuccessful in locating the original “tweet” telling their followers to vote “yes” on this poll, but then again, I don’t follow Twitter. I do understand that thousands, if not millions of “tweets” occur a day, so I guess it’s no surprise that I was unable to locate it.
But… whether it’s true that MoveOn.org has actually organized this movement or not is really irrelevant. The simple fact is, more people on the poll voted overwhelmingly for the ban than against it, and that in itself is troubling.
However, I did notice that there was also a section (under a separate tab) where the voters could leave their comments about the poll. Of the several pages (over 500) of the comments that I’ve read, I did not see one single post that was in favor of the ban… not one. Granted, I did not read all of the comments, but if you think I’m going to read over 5,400 comments, you’re even crazier than I am.
To be fair, this poll is on a Fox News website, in which most of its viewers tend to be conservatives like myself. I imagine that if the poll were conducted on a more liberal website, such “Media Matters” or “Daily KOS” there would probably be more comments favoring the ban to “protect the children’s safety”. Laughable, I know, but that was actually how the “yes” on the ban question was worded… “Yes. The safety of students comes first“.
Someone please tell me how many violent school incidents have occurred over displaying our nation’s flag on a t-shirt?
Should the American Flag be Banned – In America? : Opinion Poll, Fox News.com, 05/05/2010
Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tees: George Kiriyama, NBC Bay Area.com, 05/06/2010
Warning! The below links are to liberal, left-wing websites. The sole purpose of these links is to educate you as to what kind of people we are up against. Prolonged exposure to these sites could result in a lower IQ, brain damage or complete shut down of your mental facilities. View at your own risk!
Organizing for America
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)