By David Paulin
Yet another example of Mexico's reconquista of America's Southwest was displayed at the Rose Bowl in the prestigious Gold Cup Final between the U.S. and Mexico's soccer teams.
Mexico was the “home team” for the largely Hispanic crowd. America's national anthem got no respect: Air horns blared. And once the game started, the U.S. team was constantly booed. Every goal by Mexico's team drew shouts of “Ole!”
So what does the Los Angeles Times think about this unsettling spectacle? Sports reporter Bill Plaschke likes it and says so in an article, “In Gold Cup final, it's red, white and boo again.”
"How many places are so diverse that it could fill football stadiums with folks whose roots are somewhere else? How many places offer such a freedom of speech that someone can display an American flag on their porch one day and cheer against the flag the next? I hated it, but I loved it. It felt as if I was in a strange place, and yet I felt right at home.”
He loves it?...But hates it? And gets a warm and fuzzy feeling because it's all about “diversity.” Well, this certainly sounds like a nasty case of liberal cognitive dissonance – an uncomfortable feeling caused by holding conflicting ideas in one's mind at the same time.
To be sure, the sort of thing that Plaschke and L.A. Times regard as an all-American display has been going on for years in Los Angeles. Harvard political scientist Samuel P. Huntington was particularly appalled by what he considered the anti-American displays evident in the Rose Bowl in 1998.
In his famous essay “The Hispanic Challenge” in Foreign Policy magazine, Huntington saw the disrespect for American's national anthem and the booing of the U.S. soccer team as harbingers of things to come – a country split in two as Mexicans and other Latinos failed to assimilate into American culture.
Referring to Mexican-Americans booing America's national anthem and even assaulting U.S. soccer players, Huntington wrote:
“Such dramatic rejections of the United States and assertions of Mexican identity are not limited to an extremist minority in the Mexican-American community. Many Mexican immigrants and their offspring simply do not appear to identify primarily with the United States.”
That a Los Angles Times writer approves of the most recent Rose Bowl spectacle underscores yet again that many in the mainstream media are out-of-step with what most Americans believe.
Incidentally, one Mexican-American quoted by the L.A. Times said that booing the U.S. team was a natural thing to do. Victor Sanchez, 37, was apparently brought to the U.S. as a boy. Dressed in a Mexico jersey, he explained: "I love this country, it has given me everything that I have, and I'm proud to be part of it. But yet, I didn't have a choice to come here, I was born in Mexico, and that is where my heart will always be."
He added: "We're not booing the country, we're booing the team. There is a big difference." Yea, right.
Samuel Huntington, who died in 2008, would not be surprised.
Originally published at The American Thinker blog