ANSWERS: 55
  • I'd probably squash his Jalpenos.
  • I am suspicious of anyone who wants to display a national flag outside their house. I'm convinced it's a symptom of a personality disorder.
  • Not necessarily. It's illegal to fly a foreign flag alone in the US. The American flag must be displayed on top of any other flag. It would certainly attract attention.
  • Yes, if you're so proud of it go the hell back. You're not Mexican you're American.
  • Absolutely. Planting your flag on foreign soil traditionally means "we win", and it's a shame more people don't realize that.
  • I wouldn't really care. I guess I'm just a stronger person than most, because a flag doesn't bother me.
  • As long as the US flag was above it, no. I don't have any issues with having pride in your heritage, so long as you also show loyalty to your adopted country. There is probably much mourning in the hearts of Mexican immigrants. I would imagine most of them would probably prefer to build a good life in their own home, if it wasn't infested with drug lords and violence. It isn't as if Irish immigrants don't have big celebrations in every major city in the country and dye the rivers green for St Paddy's day each year. It isn't as if German immigrants don't have Oktoberfest in every major city. Longing for the homeland is just part of immigration, and I don't mind that in the least, as long as there is loyalty to the new home mixed in it. My family has lived in the Allentown, PA area for generations, since the Revolution on one side, and earlier on the other. My mother moved us away when I was a teen. Other family members are reluctantly leaving since Bethlehem Steel has closed, I 78 has made it a bedroom community for NYC and violence and crime in the area are rising until they no longer feel safe. Because of that, I can understand how the Mexicans must feel. Next year in Jerusalem!
  • Yes, I would be very upset...I truely believe, that if anyone is an immigrant to any country, you need to become a citizen,a worker-not a free loader-, and pay taxes just as anyone else should do, even when they don't. Working class Americans have footed the burdon of taxation long enough, and big businesses that weesel thier way out of paying should be fined to the maximum ! I also think that NAFTA should be repealed, and import trade regulated to the point that if it can be made, grown, built, in the US, it should not be an imported product. Americans have suffered to much because of free trade, and it's time to stop. (sorry, that's a sore subject for me, thank's for letting me rant about ) +6
  • What could they be saying by flying this flag? Ah...I came here to live i'm not living in Mexico cause I wanted to come here. I enjoy what you have to offer and by flying a flag I will display how much I honor Mexico. Thanks for the pay check I can now support my family in Mexico.
  • Yes it would, I would never think of doing this if i went to Mexico under the same circumstances. Its fine to be proud of where your Ancestors came from, Part of mine were from germany, some from Ireland, but you don't see me waving a german flag around. When you come here and want to stay you adopt the ways of the country, if you dont like it here, go back to wherever you came from.
  • It wouldn't bother me at all, I live in Spain - at least he would speak the language.
  • Naw. WTF? Whatever floats his boat. Now if it was a nazi flag, tho', that'd be different! ;-)
  • No, that would not bother me in the least. I don't get too worked up about symbols... actions and character are so much more important.
  • Not a great message from the new neighbor. If he had both flags displayed I would not mind but that says that he honors Mexico only. I would mind my own business though since I don't know what the message means to him. I had a nosey ex neigbor go insane all over the neighborhood one time saying that people from Guatamala were living down the block with a flag from their country. It turned out that flag honored the U.S. troops fighting in a battle she was unaware of. So, I keep my thoughts to myself unless I am sure of another's meaning.
  • I suppose you'd also attack the Irish cop down the street from you who decorates his house with shamrocks and Irish flags for St. Patrick's day?
  • No. And I would have a new friend to practice my Spanish on.
  • How can we see ourselves as multi-cultural and then squash everyone into one patty? Wouldn't bother me a bit.
  • Absolutely. When he came to this country, I would have to assume it was by his choice. He chose to leave Mexico to come here. Leave the Mexican flag at home.
  • Canadian here... I think one of the greatest assets we both have in our countries is that we have accepted people from all over the world and we have not only allowed but even encouraged them to maintain their heratiges! I also don't believe you can only be proud of/loyal to one country. One fo the greatest things we have (used to have) in Toronto was called Caravan. Represetnatives from all major ethnic communities set up "pavilions" in their cultural centres (or rented buildings). You could buy a passport and run all over town visiting and finding out about the cultures. National dress, songs, dances and FOOD. If the people were maintaining their culture, they obviously were proud of it, but they were also loyal Canadians! Canada isn't really a flag on you lawn place but if someone did, I wouldn't interpret (guess) at his reasons or assume the worst.
  • Nope, not in the least but then I'd also think it to be a little odd that a immigrant from Mexico would want to fly an American flag here in Canada since your question is open to interpretation the way it's worded. A Mexican flag would be more appropriate of the two. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with someone celebrating their heritage. How is that you can change where they came from? The mere fact that they decided to become a legal immigrant and leave where they were born should be enough to convince anyone that given a choice...they chose their adopted country over their born in one. Meaning they like it better. That's bad?
  • A bit, but not unduly so. There are still idiots here in East Texas that fly the Confederate battle flag. THAT bothers me far more than if someone flew the flag of their former Country.
  • No, but I do think they should hang an American flag also. Represent where you came from, but also where you are. I dont think it should only be a mexican flag...becuase if they love mexico so much why did they come here for "opportunities"
  • Not at all. You have to have pride where you are from.
  • I understand the need to find work in the USA. Few people like going away from family to work, but I can interpret the Mexican flag alone in two ways: First, I am a proud Mexican-American with US citizenship and I appreciate the US freedom to honor my heritage without government intervention. Second, I am a proud Mexican earning money in the US to send to my family in Mexico and I appreciate the US freedom to honor my heritage without government intervention. I live in an area where the prevailing thought is, I have dual citizenship. I don't have that thought but I see the dual citizen as a good thing, a person who respects and honors both sides of the border.
  • No. I live in Europe. I would be a lot more upset with an American flag, not with a Mexican one.
  • If it was only a Mexican flag then yes. If it were both I would be fine with it No one should ever forget their heritage But if you become a citizen of the US you are an American first and XYZ second Just displaying a 'home countries' flag when you are now a citizen of the US you are in essence flipping the US the bird
  • The whole idea of the "melting pot" is a racist ideology perpetuated by the white, Euro-American majority. There is nothing wrong with maintaining close ties to ones culture while living in another country. Assimilation does not necessarily mean obliteration of one's ethnic pride. How can so many people draw so many conclusions about this Mexican family based on the fact that they are flying a Mexican flag outside their door? For me, assimilation means that you are a productive member of the host country. This includes working legally, paying taxes, etc. etc. If you are so concerned about this family's contributions to society, you should go next door and speak to them. You might be surprised. They might speak English even more fluently than you do.
  • I think the fact that people can contemplate wasting the mental/emotional energy on this issue is a sign of just how sick our society has become. Who is *really* a greater threat to your well-being: --The random working-class neighbor who displays the Mexican flag? ---Or the investment bank CEO who thinks that crippling the economy and paying his employees bonuses with taxpayer funds is "doing God's work"? http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6907681.ece Cripes! Get a F*****G CLUE people! http://trueslant.com/matttaibbi/2009/04/14/americas-peasant-mentality/
  • As long as they are quiet and don't abuse their kids or animals, I don't care what they do.
  • I wouldn't care, but I'm sure my neighbors would ... they are pretty tight assed about stuff like that :-O I have much bigger things to worry about myself!!
  • I would be very mildly annoyed.
  • Applying a similar scenario to my own country, I wouldn't be upset.
  • I wouldn't be surprised. I live in the US, but really close to Mexico and I'm the one who feels foreign.
  • I only display the flag when mexico plays united states in soccer other than that it stays in my closet. It dosen't bother me at all or my neighbors I'm a proud latino not a mexican so why does it bother you?
  • i have some living next door right now - they lay low
  • No it wouldn't. I think the flag is aesthetically pleasing. I'd be much more concerned about some jerks storing a ton of fireworks in their house. IIRC, that's actually legal in some parts of LA county. :-0
  • I have flown a Canadian flag, a US flag and a Mexican flag all at the same time at my home. I am american but have lived in Canada and have many friends in Mexico. I now live on the Texas/Mexico border. I currently fly no flags but if I were to fly on I would have to fly the Canadian Maple Leaf as I am more loyal to Canada than the US or Mexico.
  • No, but none of the legal immigrants do that here and I'm really close to the border. Some of them are my neighbors and they are very nice and helpful. They really try to be Americanized, learning to speak English very well and have their own businesses. Their work ethic is incredible! They don't try to cause problems with American people because we are all interdependent. People here are very patriotic and you can see American flags all over town on national patriotic holidays. The Mexican flag doesn't bother me. I'll tell you what flag does though---when I see the Dixie flag, it makes me nervous and I'm not even African American, but it causes trouble.
  • Upset? No. But I'd wonder why they bothered coming here in the first place. Mexico NEEDS patriotic citizens to put their gov't in order. Illegals come here because of the economic chaos that gov't's corruption engenders. Fleeing to the US doesn't help anyone in the long run.
  • not really as i don´t live in america
  • Thanks everyone for the very different answers.
  • It would annoy the hell out of me and I would have to question them about it. You chose to be an american, this is not the flag of the United States, what was the point of immigrating. That dispute has been going on a lot in a town nearby. Mexican population explosion, some legal and most have illegal family or friends living with them They opened up little shops with all spanish signs and a couple of cases flew both flags, but had the mexican flag at the top and american flag under it. Yet american businesses were ordered to remove signs at there establishments that stated you must speak english. +5
  • Yes, so does Cinco De Mayo since it has nothing to do with American history.
  • Not really. He's just displaying his heritage. I don't think it's right to do that, but it wouldn't make me angry.
  • Not even close. +5
  • I would try not to be upset about trivial crap like that, but it is a little jerkish. I know I'd feel like a tool flying a big American flag outside my house if I moved somewhere else, seems quite disrespectful and I'm sure the host country wouldn't appreciate it much
  • no way would it upset me. Supporting your country despite living in a different country isnt offensive at all.
  • I would ask him why. And I would have an intellectual conversation about it. I sometimes fly the Husker flag; like today when Nebraska plays Kansas down in Lawrence, KS. And, I don't fly the US flag with it.
  • No I would assume there was a soccer match on.
  • Which bothers you more, that the flag is of a foreign country in general? Or that it is a Mexican flag in particular? Would you feel the same if your neighbor were a transplant from Ontario and chose to fly a Canadian flag? The neighbor does have a heritage and possibly a personal history that is outside this country. I would be more inclined to look at whether the neighbor is a working, contributing, and law-abiding citizen in this country regardless of the individual's preference to project their particular roots with some symbolic flag.
  • Living on the border of mexico like kokoro, I'd have to say a couple things. Firstly; LegaL< immigrant? If that is indeed so, I'd have to ask why they came here if they love mexico over america to not at least fly the american flag as well. If they fly the flag out of cultural reverence, then I understand and wouldn't mind it. I value culture and it deserves to be respected. Here, there is sometimes a mexican flag near the US flag in some locations, but to just have a mex flag is disappointing and disrespectful. HOWEVER: If they are ILLEGAL immigrants, I'd be furious, as not only do they bum off of our country but they are disrespecting our flag and our culture, and thats something that I won't ever see as respectful. But since you said legal then its cool ^^).
  • Very much. If you're so damn proud of your EX country,go back. If you want to fly your EX country's flag,fine,do it properly. U.S. flag at top,state next,then your country.

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