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Did local HS grads disrespect hero?

Presumably as a sign of solidarity with Black Lives Matter and a protest against the murder of George Floyd, a handful of McAllen ISD Nikki Rowe seniors refused to stand during last week’s graduation ceremony while the National Anthem was being played and sung. What I’m wondering is, what would the school’s namesake, Col. Nikki Rowe, have thought of this show of disrespect? Granted, Americans have the right to peacefully protest, but should such a protest include sitting or kneeling while this country’s flag and anthem are on display at formal events? “Ain’t gonna stand for this racist flag, yo, or sing that racist $#@%.” When these same student protesters at Rowe, and there were reportedly a handful as well at Memorial High School (ironically named after service men and women who died while on active duty), drive down Col. Rowe Blvd. in McAllen as they head toward Rowe High, do they even have a clue who Rowe really was or for what he sacrificed (his life)? One can think about war however they want (most are fought to make some people a lot of money, in my opinion); but should the men and women who sacrificed their lives because they believed, at least in the 1960s and ‘70s for example, that communism posed a threat to the world, or that Hitler did in the 1940s, retain our respect after death? By the way, not to stray too far from the Rowe story, but there were approximately 58,000 lives lost from my generation fighting the North Vietnamese. Why? Well, apparently, if we didn’t send troops to die in the rice paddies, communism would spread around the world, and at some future date, we would all be enslaved to the Stalinist tradition. Then, after the corporations had made enough money, and Tricky Dick was tired of the war protesters, Nixon finally pulled us out of Viet Nam. In the early 1990s, one of the world’s two largest communist nations, China, was admitted to the world’s Most-Favored-Nation status, which allowed U.S. corporations to shutter factories in the U.S. and move American jobs to commie China. Our politicians, both Republicans and Democrats, then authored legislation that would offer corporations tax incentives to relocate manufacturing jobs to China. So, not only did the commies win Viet Nam, but they also occupied Washington D.C. as well with their paid-off politicians kept well in pocket. It’s just that no one could really ...

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