- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 13, 2001

I do not feel a need to be sensitive around the many foreigners who live in the metropolitan Washington area.
I do not care if they are uncomfortable with the Pledge of Allegiance or if their God is different from my God or if they break out in a cold sweat whenever the words "God bless America" are uttered in their presence.
You know what they can do with their discomfort? They can take it back to their country. They can pack it up and stick it in a carry-on item and hold it with all their might. I do not care if they spend the rest of their lives in recovery after being around so much red, white and blue. They have their deal, we have ours, and we can agree to disagree and leave each other alone. Sound fair?
If there is some value in being extremely sensitive, perhaps the foreigners who live in the area should be feeling America's pain. These last three months have not been easy.
There is a whole lot of "country envy" around the globe, and much of it results in lame thinking about America. It seems we are a bad people because we have the best economy and military and the most freedom and individual liberties. We remain, for all too many people, the land of opportunity.
You come here, you pursue your dreams, and those already here, for the most part, will leave you alone. You can wear a turban on your head or place a fruit basket on top of it. Fine. That is your deal. Most of us do not have enough interest or energy to be concerned.
We don't really ask much of our visitors. We just ask them to follow our laws and not be offended if the Pledge of Allegiance is recited in their presence. Is that too much to ask? It is? I see. Well, you know the way out the door. Funny, we do not have a problem with too many people leaving our country. We have a problem with too many people wanting to come here.
Yes, we have the holier-than-thou, blame-America crowd. Many of these lost souls seem to think they have ascended to a higher level of consciousness. They try to inflict their reality on others while attesting to their value as fully evolved human beings. They care, they really, really care, and don't you ever forget it.
In their smug and condescending manner, they know what you possibly can't know. They are just so much smarter than everyone else, so darn special. Please. You want to be sensitive to my problems? Pay my power bill this month. That really will ease some of my discomfort.
Edward Myers, a Sterling, Va., resident, is feeling all kinds of pain at the moment after filing a civil rights grievance to stop Virginia students from saying the Pledge of Allegiance. The poor guy. He must have way too much time on his hands.
He says he is acting on behalf of all the foreigners who live in Northern Virginia. He wants them to feel good about themselves, and subjecting their children to the Pledge of Allegiance is just not hospitable. We need to stop that. We need to be better people, more sensitive.
It is awfully sweet of Mr. Meyers to take up the cause of the foreigners and do all he can to help them, even if it comes at the expense of all the good, old American children in Northern Virginia's classrooms.
Maybe, just maybe, as Americans, they like reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Maybe, on some level, they see it as a way of doing their part in the war against the terrorists following the atrocities of September 11. Maybe many of them would be offended if they could not recite the Pledge of Allegiance because of a few foreigners in the classroom.
What you have here is an attempt to appease a few leading to the potential divisiveness of all.
Perhaps America should think of itself first, take care of its own first, and recognize the fundamental difference between citizenship and a visitor's pass.
This is a very simple equation.
This is our house, our way of life.
You either can adapt or leave. It is your choice. You have that freedom here. Whatever you do, it is not a problem. You go for it.
Good luck, and God bless America.

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