[BlogEntry] America's New Hero? Veteran Cuts Down Mexican Flag

There's a story in the news today about an army veteran who, on camera for the local news, cut down a Mexican flag that was illegally being flown above a US flag. Quote: "I'm Jim Brossert and I took this flag down in honor of my country with a knife from the United States army. I'm a veteran, I am not going to see this done to my country. if they want to fight us, then they need to be men, and they need to come and fight us, but I want somebody to fight me for this flag. They're not going to get it back." What he actually stole was their American flag, leaving the Mexican one on the ground.

And if you only read that part of the story, you should well be thinking "Amen, Brother. Now there's a real patriot, drive those illegals back across the border where they belong!"

Only thing, though, is that the store owner is in fact an American citizen, and had no idea that it was illegal to do what he was doing. Apparently nobody bothered to ask him to take it down, they just went for the news story. Still the right thing to do, ya think? A bit of an overreaction?

So now what you've got is a guy without enough knowledge of the situation who took it upon himself to steal another citizen's property, and getting on the news for it – as the good guy. That's patriotism?