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By JAVIER MANJARRES

American-FlagWhen you see someone refusing to Pledge Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, how does that make you feel? Unfortunately, with traditional civics studies in schools  being thrown out the window, and American civil liberties being stomped on  by the Obama administration, expect to see more and more individuals refuse to acknowledge our nation’s symbol of freedom .

 A 15-year-old girl in Montgomery County, Maryland,  whose family is from the island of Puerto Rico, is crying foul because she feels that her fellow classmates and school teachers “chastised” her for refusing to “stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.”

 The high school sophomore says she has protested the U.S. policy on Puerto Rico since she was in seventh grade by “silently sitting during the daily Pledge of Allegiance.” The girl adds that doesn’t like the way the U.S. “treats Puerto Rico” and that she dislike that “a government so far [from the island] tells us what we can and cannot do.”

 It is unfortunate that the young girl is being indoctrinated to disrespect the very country that has afforded her, and her family the privilege to live and prosper in Maryland. Oh yeah, did we mention that the girl and her family don’t live in Puerto Rico?


 Here is a quick history lesson on the “Isla del Encanto,” Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico has been a commonwealth of the United States since the early 1900′s, and the Puerto Rican people have been afforded the right to be U.S. citizens since the passing of the Jones Act in 1917.

 This said, the girl, her family, and the tens of thousands of U.S. Citizens that call themselves Puerto Rican, have all been able to access the government entitlement programs and benefits that non-U.S. citizens and residents are not privy to.

 Earlier this month, Rodriguez said she was asked to stand by a teacher and complied under duress before being called to the principal’s office to discuss the matter.

According to the Rodriguez, administrators dismissed her protest and, belittled her ethnic background.

The next day, the girl claimed, she was told to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, but she refused – and was confronted by a different teacher who took issue with her protest.-Fox News

 Enter the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU, in true ACLU form, declared that the girl’s civil liberties were violated, and that the end of the world was near.

 Then the Montgomery County Public Schools spokeswoman Dana Tofig chimed in on the matter, ranting the following nonsense-

 “Our regulations are very clear — students should not and cannot be compelled to participate in patriotic exercises, such as the Pledge of Allegiance,” Tofig wrote. “If a staff member does try to compel a student to participate or punishes a student for not participating, that is unacceptable.”

 The girl is understandably young an naive, and is without any doubt, being brainwashed by someone at home with extreme liberal and socialist leanings. Let me just say, if you are a legal immigrant, and not an U.S. citizen or resident, you shouldn’t be compelled to Pledge Allegiance. But,  these individuals who don’t feel comfortable  reciting the words, or even place their hands over their hearts,  should at the very least stand up during the recitation of the pledge.

But if you are a U.S. citizen or legal resident, and are benefiting in any way from your status, be grateful that you live in a country that gives you these privileges that most people around the world only wished they had.

 Repeat after me, I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under GOD,indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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20 Comments

  1. SH April 25, 2013 at 8:13 am

    I agree with you….a U.S. citizen should have no problem at all saying the Pledge. If they do, then they are, in effect, saying that they do not want to be part of this country…so i say, then give up your citizenship and the rights with it, give up the benefits (this young girl doesn’t realize the benefits she is already receiving), and go to a country you can pledge your allegiance to. I’ve been to different places in China….I think every American kid should have to go there for at least 6 months at the end of high school…it won’t be long before they will long for their freedoms here in the USA, plus the comforts we have gotten so used to. No other government in the world gives as much freedom, benefits, and ridiculous “political correctness” than the USA. Problem is…we do give those benefits and rights to legal and illegal immigrants in our country…no one else does this!

  2. LYTEMAN April 25, 2013 at 8:33 am

    if things are so good in PR why are you here??? go back to where you belong.

  3. Perseids April 25, 2013 at 9:53 am

    We all have the right to dissent.

    Back in the good old days, prior to the leftist infiltration of all aspects of society, (before a half eaten poptart became a weapon) such indiscretions would have been resolved by her classmates outside after School and the matter would have ended there.

    And…frankly I don’t like the way PR treats us. They have denied our Navy access to a needed bombing range. Yet they choose to bask without fear under the safety umbrella provided by the very same Navy. So…maybe its about time to cut the umbilical cord and let them tread water by themselves. Perhaps repatriation is the logical solution to the vast injustices having been suffered.

  4. dick April 25, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Our RULER, said before he was elected, he intended to “transform America”. as you examine this issue and all the other “changes we have indured: partial birth abortion (infanticide) , same sex marriage etc; our country is already “transformed”. Obama is the “frosting on the cake”

  5. Corsica April 25, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Then why doesn’t she go to Puerto Rico and form a guerilla band and fight for independence? She says she doesn’t “like the way the US treats Puerto Rico” and “…tell us what we can and cannot do? And what treatment is that, little darling? The billions in food stamps, welfare and other assistance? And what does the mean and nasty USA tell you what you can’t do? Any specifics? Of course not. But little do they know that when Spain ruled the island, nobody had rights. When the US acquired the island it found it to be a toilet. Today there are Dominicans killing themselves trying to sneak into Puerto Rico. Why? It’s a hell hole according to missy. Of all the Hispanics that have come to the US from various Latin American countries, Puerto Ricans are the only ones that still live in housing projects after 50/60 years in the US. All the others buy homes, start business, go into professions etc. So move to Puerto Rico, you stupid, ignorant little fool!

  6. Ed in North Texas April 25, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    SH – you are correct that, to avoid being hypocrites, those citizens who refuse to accord the Flag, National Anthem, etc. proper respect should renounce their US citizenship. But they usually are Lefties and hypocrites.

    It disturbs me that so many people either do not know the proper method of showing this respect (e.g. the proper salute for the flag or National Anthem*), or do not care. We have a President who does know the proper salute, but either does not care whether he insults the nation by not rendering the salute, or actually refuses to honor the nation by rendering the salute.

    * For a person not in uniform, is right hand over the left breast, hat in the right hand if wearing a hat. Just standing at the high school football game, with your gimme cap still on your head doesn’t cut it.

  7. lowie April 25, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Don’t get me started on all that is happening in our country. I am a proud Hispanic woman who was raised and educated in Texas. Each morning before classes started we had prayer and our pledge of allegiance because those were the values at the time. Sad to say today these values are gone and one of the reasons we have so much division between the diversity of peoples who came here to be part of America’s greatness. It is sad to witness such behavior and hatred toward America and it’s people.

  8. Dean S. Bird April 25, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    How about highlighting “REPUBLIC”??………

  9. Hifi April 25, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    You’re kidding. First you say, “American civil liberties being stomped on” by Obama. And then the rest of the rant is focused on stomping flat this girl’s right to free speech.

    If you hate our freedoms so much, Javier, go ahead and find a country where they make everyone profess allegiance to the government, and throw the refusers in prison.

  10. Bill April 25, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    If the girl does not like our Country, she should have the parents
    come to the school and tell why she cannot say our Pledge of
    Allegiance To Our Flag. Then she and her parents should be told to leave our Country. Or another yet lest of a punishment, the Parent tell the young girl to get up in front of the whole school and
    APOLOGIZE to all in the school and to America, if not leave and
    do not come back.

  11. BitterClinger April 25, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    I most definitely have a problem pledging allegiance to our flag. This flag represents a nation that has lost it’s moral compass… we are “evolving” into a society that basically says ANYTHING GOES, we are turning our collective backs on God, we are invading multiple sovereign nations and have killed thousands of innocent civilians.

    So please tell me again why I should pledge allegiance to this flag.

  12. BoGo April 26, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    She has 1st amendment rights to dissent.

    The community also has 1st amendment rights to dissent to her dissent. The community needs to shun this family. Boycott the family business. Don’t invite them to neighborhood bar-b-ques. You get the idea.

    While you have every right to express your views, the community has a right to administer the consequences of those views.

    Either they will come around and assimilate or they will feel isolated and economically devastated that they’ll leave. Either way, they’ll have learned the lesson that actions have consequences.

    • FS April 28, 2013 at 5:27 am

      BoGo, Best answer yet.

      Sometimes, I don’t like the ignorance shown over the First Amendment but I don’t believe in picking and choosing which parts of the Constitution I support.

      Showing this family consequences through “shunning” is a great idea.

  13. lowie April 28, 2013 at 8:17 am

    American public schools were created to make better Americans. If this foreign student declines to recite the American pledge to the flag then she should go elsewhere to be educated. American schools are not clubs for any ethnic or racial group but are created for learning how to be a good, productive citizen and that includes respecting America and all that she stands for.

  14. Yenrab April 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    “I led the pigeons to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republican, Richard Stans . . . ”
    If you have ever been an elected or appointed government official, or a commissioned military officer, you were sworn to support and defend the constitution, not the flag. Decorum requires respect for the flag and our other national symbols, but my allegiance is to the Constitution, and to the American freedom, rights, and equalities of opportunity that it guarantees. Our Stars and Stripes is an emblem of that, but only an emblem. Failure to respect the flag for what it represents is a mark of foolish boorishness and immature stupidity, but not treason.

    • SH April 29, 2013 at 8:09 am

      Obviously, Yenrab has not recently read the words of the Pledge nor understands what the flag stands for. When you say, “my allegiance is to the Constitution, and to the American freedom, rights, etc.”, you are so right. That’s exactly what the Pledge of Allegiance is saying…it’s not just to a flag, but also to what it stands for..the republic, this nation.

  15. rz April 29, 2013 at 8:22 am

    As a student she has no first amendment rights. Try showing up to school with a picture of a gun on your t-shirt. …see how fast that student is suspended or expelled.

  16. Jacqueline April 30, 2013 at 7:19 am

    PR has had “rights” and privileges often not available to American Citizens. “Rights” to enter the US without the hassles of the Immigration procedures. It has had the protections of the American Military services.
    PR has repeatedly been given the opportunity to VOTE in free elections to become a state. PR has, repeatedly, rejected that opportunity! We, as Americans, should have the right to present them with an “eviction notice” stating that within a period of no more than 6 months they will lose their current status and be given Full Independence. Withdraw our military, Instate Immigration regulations, send all PRs who have been here for less than a year HOME!

  17. British Man April 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    As a Brit with no connection to America whatsoever, I 100% support her decision. It’s her choice, what’s it got to do with everyone else? Get over it! You’re country has so many more serious issues to be worried about instead of what a little girl thinks.

    Put a stop to gun crime. Stop people shooting young kids in schools. Decrease the unemployment levels. There are so many cities where unemployment levels are so high and people cannot afford to live. People have to pay for medical care? It should be free! Sort out the huge economic debt your country has. Stop spending more than you earn. Sort out the huge problem with obesity….the list goes on and on.

    Don’t worry about what a young girl says. Look at who’s running your country and ask them to pledge their allegiance to the people of the United States and demand them to run the country better otherwise more people will suffer.

    I really don’t want to sound like I’m being disrespectful. I love America, the people are wonderful and I had a great time there but wake up and smell the coffee! There are bigger issues you need to deal with.

  18. Slappy Jones II July 3, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Why would you ever pledge allegiance to any government? I love the constitution, I love this country, I am an American, but I am also an individual. I’ll never pledge to a government I cannot control. I have no idea what laws and regulations they will force on me in the future.

    Please check out this article… http://mcfloogle.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/i-pledge-allegiance-to-the-flag/

    God Bless Freedom, Liberty, and Personal Property,

    Slappy Jones II