Letter: Daniel T. Eisert, Leesburg

Editor: I am a senior at Loudoun County High School and will say that I have received a strong education thanks to many phenomenal teachers; however, there is an underlying tone taken by some school administrators that does not necessarily bring an America-appreciating student joy.

Upon speaking to a variety of individuals apart of the school’s student council, along with the student council teacher sponsor, it came to my attention that they recently proposed to have an American-themed spirit day, but the school administration shot it down for being “too political” and “might cause bullying” according to members of the student council.

Since when was being American too political? The celebration of the United States, if anything, is a unifying force bringing people together of all backgrounds and cultures in an environment that promotes freedom and democracy in a unique fashion. We are all Americans. American patriotism should be fostered in our public schools rather than discouraged. If anything, we should celebrate and cherish these liberties that millions throughout the duration of American history have sacrificed literally everything for. This decision to turn down the American-themed spirit day is shameful and a total slap in the face to veterans across the United States. This decision instills poor morals and values to students.

The United States of America has never backed off a challenge nor ceased to amaze me with all the accomplishments and achievements that no other country in the entire world has ever done throughout history, except us. I feel incredibly fortunate that I am a citizen of the greatest nation in the world with extraordinary freedoms and liberties—something none of us can take for granted.

The administration is sending a harmful message that American patriotism is shameful. This is dangerous and unacceptable.

Daniel T. Eisert, Leesburg

24 thoughts on “Letter: Daniel T. Eisert, Leesburg

  • 2017-04-20 at 3:35 pm
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    Thank you, Daniel, for writing the letter.

    It is always good to hear the hearts of the LCPS administration.

    I agree with you fully. This decision by LCPS administrators is, like several others, absurd. It is also unpatriotic and a slap in the face to the local American taxpayers who pay their salaries.

    • 2017-04-20 at 7:48 pm
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      DD- before you condemn LCPS, you might want to ask if this discussion and decision was made with LCPS administration or actually with the building administration. The writer does not indicate which but I would imaging that something like this is a building decision. Other schools have events and days that focus on America so this could easily be a local decision. If that is the case, there might be more to the story than what you perceive and criticize.

  • 2017-04-20 at 6:01 pm
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    Daniel,

    You are entitled to your opinion. That’s what makes this country great. I agree with school leadership in this case. Patriotism in the way you describe it looks more like nationalism to me.

    We here in Loudoun live in a multi-cultural and multinational county. Some students were not born in this country and are not American citizens yet. America day to you may seem patriotic, but the diversity of students that go to our schools here in Loudoun it could be precieved as only a day for those who were born in the country. As a resident of Loudoun county I think we celebrate many holidays that pay respects to out countries great history. Veterans Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day.

    Thank you,

    Tom

    • 2017-04-20 at 9:16 pm
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      Tom,

      I am no political science major, but I’m afraid you may have missed Daniel’s message. For one thing, patriotism and nationalism are not two entirely different concepts. He was expressing his love for his country and his will to celebrate it. Regarding immigrants, he was saying that we are “all Americans,” which is unifying in and of itself. I assume you count immigrants as Americans. In fact, Immigrants aspire to America so much they left where they were born to live here.

      Although we may disagree, I too share the sentiment that one’s entitlement to one’s opinion is part of what makes this country great. I appreciate your right to express yourself, even if you’re expressing your dismay for the celebration of the country that gives you that right.
      Have a good one.

      -Jesse

    • 2017-04-20 at 11:22 pm
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      Tom,
      You are ignorant. It’s SPIRIT WEEK. They have a theme for 5 days where kids can choose to participate in dressing up for the theme or not. They typically have Pajama Day, Nerds/Athletes, Tacky Tourist, Crazy Hair Day, etc.

      Not allowing the students to choose AMERICA DAY as one of the five days of Spirit Week and wear red, white, and blue is ridiculous. The members of the Conservative Group and the Democratic Group ALL want to be able to wear red, white, and blue. The administration should let them.

      I literally cannot believe that I live in a County where kids are supported for leaving their classroom and interrupting instruction and testing to celebrate immigrants in a major school walk out, but the desire of kids wanting to express some love towards our country and it’s colors is banned. Indoctrination much?

    • 2017-04-21 at 2:24 pm
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      Saying “you are entitled to your opinion” and then telling him that the opinion is wrong, is your version of “American.” Any person who is in this country, is here because this is a better place than which they came from. Understand that whether it be for education, living freedoms, or a complete escape from war, poverty, or terror, they are here because the grass was greener. That grass is only green due to the sacrifice made by our forefathers, and the men and women who bled for it. We have immigrants who move here to escape harsh lifestyles, and cultures that promote torture of “different beliefs”. We do not wish to persecute these immigrants. We only want them to understand that the way of life they left, should stay where they left it. Fleeing sharia ruled countries, only to come here and try to involve sharia life, seems foolish, and “out of the frying pan into the fire” like.
      We are country of immigrants, yes. Immigrants built this nation to what it is today. They followed a long tedious process. They suffered disease, famine, and torture to get here, and to become American. If they are in our country, they are here to be an American, like it or not. They should learn our history, understand our language, and respect our culture. We understand their cultures, and if we wanted to abide by them, we would move there.
      Being an American is, by birth or earned right, exceptional. No other country is considered the land of the free. Celebrating that exceptionalism, or nationalism as you put it, is deemed hateful to certain politically correct warriors. When the Irish, Italian, Polish, German, Spanish, and every other immigrant, set foot on our shores, they came because they wanted to be an American. They assimilated their customs and ways to American ways, not the other way around.
      America has bent over backwards, to appease the onslaught of PC policies. Being proud of your country, and wanting to honor what that flag stands for, is ridiculed by you? It’s political, It’s racist, It’s nationalism, It hurts my feelings… Tell it to the millions of folks, who starved, and froze to death, waiting on Ellis Island, to join the Greatest Nation on the Planet Earth! Keep your America hating globalism in your small corner of the world. Here we beat our chest, pay tribute to the stars and stripes, cheer our soldiers coming home, and lovingly relish the sacrifices of our brothers and sisters both foreign and domestic.
      Daniel, reading your discontent with the ruling, gives me hope for the future of our great nation. I find it amazing to hear and read so many comments about how those who lived during WWII were considered our “Greatest Generation.” The same mouths and keyboards that promote that idea, may be correct, but refuse to listen or follow what that generation lived by. Self sacrifice and willingness to volunteer for your nation, has dwindled. They hang their hats, and our history on those from that generation, but when it comes to living as “American” as they did, the future will never allow it. Good Luck and God Bless!! Yes I said God, on a public forum… I am sure the keyboard commandos are juicing up their antifa brethren, getting ready to attack. Keep up the good work Daniel!!

      • 2017-04-24 at 10:54 am
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        Jimmy Hill, I couldn’t agree more with everything you said! I am an LCHS parent and have witnessed, over the years, the subtle stifling of patriotism and the diminution of national pride/exceptionalism at this high school – LCHS. The mere fact that, alongside and in equal status to the American flag, is displayed the U.N. flag in the entryway of the main hallway of LCHS is enough to, quite frankly, disgust me, given what the U.N. has come to represent. Therefore, it was no surprise to me that the LCHS administration was initially opposed to allowing one of the Spirit Week days to be in celebration of our nation.

  • 2017-04-20 at 9:12 pm
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    There is nothing wrong with America Day theme. Loudoun County is a part of America and it is a multicultural county. One of the greatest things about the United States is the people who live here are from all walks of like with all sorts of cultures, it’s part of what makes it so great. Whether students are citizens or not, celebrating America should not upset or offend them, after all, they are here, by birth or choice. Another great thing about the United States is you’re not forced to celebrate or partake in anything you don’t want too and you’re certainly not forced stay here.
    Daniel is right, this is one thing we all can come together on, no matter what differences we may each have, bottom line is we all live here and regardless of how we think it’s best to accomplish, we all want to strive for great future so we can all thrive.

  • 2017-04-21 at 12:02 am
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    What is America but a wonderful weave of multiple cultures. Students should be able to celebrate this. When did being from America become so offensive to Americans?

    • 2017-04-24 at 11:05 am
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      It’s been an ever-increasing trend pushed by the Progressive/Socialist movement. Don’t forget, our previous President went on an ‘Apology Tour’ when first elected. The U.S.A. has been demonized and put down by its own leaders for the past eight years. “Nationalism” and “Patriotism” have become anathema to those who have bought into the narrative that the U.S.A. is oppressive, agressive, and the root of all that is wrong in this world.

  • 2017-04-21 at 9:24 am
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    I sure hope we don’t do anything to offend the illegal immigrants who attend this school as well. I mean, while their families are breaking our immigration laws not to mention identity theft laws, many of the parents of the American citizen students are off risking their lives to defend this country. And if we celebrate American, including its rule of law, we might show tacit disapproval of wanton illegality. We can’t embarrass the illegals, can we?

    But I wonder. If we were only left with the subdued “pride” that these LCPS administrators feel in our country, a pride that cannot be shown in public, would there be anybody left to volunteer to serve in our military? I’m guessing not one of the admins who blocked this celebration ever thought about serving in our nation’s defense. They were too concerned about opening the borders and welcoming future Democrat voters who could reinstall their political party into power.

  • 2017-04-21 at 10:20 am
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    I understand why administrators did not want the theme. If it weren’t for this last election, they probably would have allowed it. But people get their panties in a bunch way to easily and you know students would wear “I’m with her” gear and “make America great again” gear. What makes me most sad is American nationalism has become way too politicized. When Tom said, that he doesn’t want to offend immigrants, he is speaking like a privilege northern Virginian because many immigrants are THANKFUL that the United States even exists as a safe haven from their home country’s problems. We do have internal issues, but as a whole America is still the land of the free and SO many people aspire to come here to escape oppression elsewhere. These administrators were trying to avoid a political nightmare but instead they should be educating students on other countries that do not have basic human rights and how the United States is the only country to offer all of these to every citizen. So many of these administrators and students are too privileged and inexperienced dealing with these serious matters. They are not doing their job, which is to educate their students about these tough questions and issues – not avoid them!! Thank, Daniel, and everyone who has commented. You are some of the few utilizing your right to freedom of speech and expression. This issue needs to be taken to the school board because it stems from a much larger issue than just at LCHS.

  • 2017-04-21 at 11:13 am
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    First, a disclosure. I have known Daniel Eisert for many years, had the honor of serving as his Scoutmaster, and was there when the Eagle Scout medal was pinned on his chest.

    My generation was given the leadership mantle from what has been called “The Greatest Generation”, the men and women who survived the Great Depression, who stood up after Pearl Harbor, who ran the Doolittle Raid, who defeated Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, and who later won the Cold War.

    My generation will ultimately turns the keys over the generation populated by young men and women like Daniel Eisert and if there are more like him around, America will be in good stead.

  • 2017-04-21 at 12:18 pm
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    CareerSwitcher, the administration of that particular school is part of the LCPS administration. Regardless of what level of LCPS administration made this call, it was a really bad call.

    • 2017-04-21 at 2:34 pm
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      No, David

      You cannot use the term LCP administration to refer to local decisions made by a building principal. They are not the same. – especially since you continually bash LCPS SB and administration.

  • 2017-04-21 at 12:20 pm
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    “The administration is sending a harmful message that American patriotism is shameful.”

    And that is exactly the point. The Leftie educrats want to nudge kids into thinking there is something wrong with being patriotic.

  • 2017-04-21 at 1:04 pm
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    Delegate Minchew is absolutely correct. Mr. Eisert is precisely the sort of student we need to step up and continue this one in a zillion nation we call home.

    I’m always amused when my leftist friends lament about America — how “mean” and “racist” we are to anyone who comes here. I always point out that if we’re so horrible, then why the waiting list for immigration? Why do so many risk their lives to get here even illegally? If their countries were so great, then why the maximum effort by so many to become Americans? They have no answers as they desperately search their lefty talking points and victimization matrix.

    Keep it up Mr. Eisert. Always stand up to these bullies who are ashamed of their country. Name these people.

  • 2017-04-22 at 8:42 am
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    I am an immigrant. I came to the US 10 years ago from France and recently became a US citizen.

    I am appalled by the notion that celebrating America might be offensive to anyone living here as Tom suggest. In fact most everyone in this area is, knows, or descends from an immigrant.

    We made a choice to live here. We left a lot of out lives behind to live here. And we did so because we love America. Why would we not want to celebrate it?

    Tom, Let me tell you happens when you supress patriotism. The symbols are adopted by the extreme. You know you have a serious problem on your hands when the only people waving the flags of your country are far right wing extremists. I see it in France. I don’t want to see it here.

    Mr Eisert, I command you for your love of our great country. Thank you for not letting yourself be silenced by a few close minded individuals.

    Jeff Mach, Leesburg

    • 2017-04-24 at 11:18 am
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      Jeff Mach, I’m so glad you shared your thoughts on this matter. You are 100% right. We DO have a serious problem in the U.S.A. with the propaganda that is being pushed in the news media, in the entertainment industry, and yes, in our institutions of learning. I must say, it’s heartening to see more and more patriots, who love our nation, stand up for it. And thankfully, this includes you!

  • 2017-04-23 at 12:44 am
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    If you come to MY Country, it should be with the expectation of becoming part of OUR COUNTRY. If you come to my Country, It should be with the intent of respecting OUR COUNTRY and BECOMING PART OF US. If your reason for coming here to have OUR Country bow down to you and stop our ways of showing OUR PATRIOTISM then PLEASE FIND ANOTHER COUNTRY THAT YOU CAN RESPECT! Too many people have become so politically correct that what this Country was built on and stands for has become dirt to spit on. GOD BLESS AMERICA and GOD BLESS the PEOPLE THAT STAND FOR HER FLAG!
    If OUR Country is not what you like…. GO BACK HOME and deal with those that won’t let you have any FREEDOM. We ALL came from somewhere and no one has the right to stop us from celebrating that FREEDOM.
    Daniel~~~~ STAND WITH PRIDE! There are more normal people behind you than you know~

  • 2017-04-24 at 3:58 pm
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    I know that every school day starts off with the Pledge of Allegiance and that every sporting event starts with the playing of the National Anthem so aren’t we honoring America in this way?

  • 2017-04-24 at 5:50 pm
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    Congrats to Daniel for leading the charge and having the decision overturned.

    A good life lesson in involvement.

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