Independence Day holiday weekend, wherever
you go you will see our
great American flag. The red, white and blue
will forever and always remain the most
symbol of our freedoms.
But since 9/11, as the flag flies
everywhere, I wonder what it really means to many
- If my well-intended but uninformed
neighbors think that putting Old Glory out on their lawn
on the 4th of July will stave off the threats
to our national sovereignty?
- If all those Americans who ran out to buy
"United We Stand" decals,
bumper stickers and license plates have a clue about
the transformation tearing America apart.
- Where the League of United Latin American
gets the cojones —to use a word I know their
honchos can understand— to display two American
flags flanking its logo on its
Internet home page?
- If George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and
Colin Powell, to name but a few of our most imperial
elected officials, think they are fooling anyone with
their American flag
lapel pins?. They can wear all the pins they can fit
onto their blue suits but I'll never buy what they're
After 9/11, on September 21, 2001, I
wrote a harsh column in the Lodi News-Sentinel
titled "Don't Wave the Flag in My Face; Close the
Border." Since my columns didn't start in
VDARE.COM until the following week, readers who missed it
may read it
My column scorned President Bush. In
leading up to the 9/11 murders, Bush had relentlessly
open borders. But suddenly, after the
attacks, Bush wrapped himself in the American flag
and preached about protecting the nation.
I was also critical of Americans who
were suddenly bursting with passion for our country. I
took a dim view of the born-again patriots driving around
town with flags hanging from their
Re-reading my column eighteen months
later, I'm sorry to say there isn't much I would take
Bush remains beyond the reach of
reason on Mexico –incredibly, Homeland Security Czar Tom
Ridge was touting amnesty again last week.
away in Tom Ridge's bulging portfolio as the Cabinet
secretary charged with securing U.S. territory from
future terrorist attacks is the ambitious yet unstated
goal of legitimizing illegal immigrants currently in this
country." [When Immigration Reform Helps Homeland
Security, Marcela Sanchez,
washingtonpost.com. July 3, 2003]
And too many Americans are still
unaware of the National Question – whether the U.S. can
survive as a nation-state, the political expression of a
Their substitute for political
action: wave the flag (and invade
far-away countries). But although that makes people
feel good, it's not worth much more.
So today, I'm sending my 4th
of July good wishes to Americans who are really doing
something to save our nation and who know the true
meaning of the Stars and Stripes.
Peter Brimelow, to my colleagues in the
VDARE Editorial Collective, and to all the VDARE
contributors: Happy July 4th. You write the
unvarnished truth and have the guts to take the hits
for it. I learned from each of your columns and
consider it a privilege to write for VDARE.COM
- To all the Directors of the
national immigration reform movements and their
loyal staffers: take the 4th of July off and
put your feet up. Believe me, readers, these dedicated
Americans—I'm not naming names lest I forget someone -
work 75 hours a week fighting to make the United States
a better place for you and me. And if they are not
physically at work behind their desks, they're
thinking, planning, and plotting ways to win this
toughest but most important of battles.
- To the members of the grassroots
immigration reform groups, congratulations on your
tireless—and for the most part voluntary—efforts to
restore American greatness. What a challenge you have
assumed—to take on federal, state and local government,
the mainstream media, the church, the politically
correct, and the subversive pro-open borders lobbyists.
But I know nothing dissuades you. And I can tell from
the time stamped on your e-mails to me that you're at
it all hours of the day, seven days a week.
- To the thousands of concerned and
caring citizens—the veterans of World War II, Korea,
Vietnam, the Gulf War and Iraq as well as nurses,
doctors, dentists, teachers, the employed and
unemployed, the young and the old and Americans of all
hues and religions who have e-mailed me over the past
year, I hope your 4th of July is a most
fulfilling one. I am especially grateful to you for
providing me with the incentive to sit down each week
and share my stories. Your encouragement is an enormous
Thank you all for reading and supporting VDARE.COM.
May you and your families have a safe and happy
Independence Day holiday.
Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English at the Lodi
Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column
since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.