I Wonder…

Michelle Malkin, in a post on the the homecoming of Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, links to this article. What I found interesting was found a ways down in that article,

Like Garza, Adelaida Rey showed her support by waving a small flag from the side of the road. She brought her grandchildren along to share the experience.

“El estaba peleando por nuestro freedom, y por eso estamos aqui,” she said. “He was fighting for our freedom and because of that we are here.”

Although Rey speaks only Spanish, she carefully pronounces the word “freedom” in English. For the woman waving both Texas and American flags, it’s a word too important to be translated.

While the procession drove by, Rey’s grandchildren were as solemn as she was. “Es importante que lo vean,” she said. “It’s important that they see this.”

I wonder if Michelle Malkin read those paragraphs. I wonder if Adelaida Rey is an agent of the Reconquista.

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  1. Matt says:

    Isn’t that just a wee bit unfair? Or are you saying that this woman is representative of the entire immigrant community? I didn’t see in the article where an official contingent from La Raza was on the side of the road waving American flags.

    I have no doubt that there are countless, fervent American patriots within the immigrant community, but that certainly doesn’t mean that there are not other who don’t feel differently.

  2. Anderson says:

    Matt, you did not try to rebut Steve’s jab at Michelle Malkin by saying that Steve was being “a wee bit unfair,” did you?

    Because defending Malkin on this issue against “a wee bit of unfairness” ought to be enough to make anybody’s head explode, and I would hate for that to happen to you.

    Seek medical attention at once, sir!

  3. Matt says:

    Lol, Anderson. I was just thinking of her tender sensibilities. She is female and a minority and therefore doubly protected, right? I can’t seem to find the exact rules in my Cynthia McKinney Handbook.

  4. Steve Verdon says:

    Well Matt, what struck me was the fact that Adelaida Rey couldn’t order a cheese steak at whatshisnames Cheese Steak stand in Philladelphia. That many might say to her, “Speak english dammit, this is America.” That many people would think that a woman who probably came here from south of the Border is somehow weakening America and quite possibly taking a job from a deserving American.

    Yet, here she is out there showing her grandkids just how good the U.S. is…even taking the time to pronounce the word freedom as correclty as possible.

    Oh as for the “representative” nature of Adelaida Rey, you really think that Malkin’s “evidence” in terms of photographs are representative? Or here selective evidence in the Dubai Porst deal? Sure, Adelaida Rey may not be reperesentative…but maybe she is. In any event, many on Malkin’s side of the Reconquista/Immigration debate would see her as the enemy. And shame on them for that.

  5. Matt says:

    Steve, My comment was mostly tongue firmly planted in cheek. Sorry that it wasn’t read that way. I’m firmly in the camp that believes both sides should get a grip on their emotions.

  6. Steve Verdon says:

    Sorry Matt, apparently I had my sarcasm meter set way too high.

  7. Stormy70 says:

    She is a Texan, not necessarily an immigrant. Brownsville is a spanish speaking city, for the most part. It was a very touching article, and Brownsville showed its quality.

  8. Steve Verdon says:

    She is a Texan, not necessarily an immigrant.

    A Texan who only speaks spanish? Sorry, but that strains the bounds of credulity beyond the breaking point. Try again.