I’ve already addressed the freedom of the press issue. And I’m still formulating my response to Dex’s comments.
I know this is a day late, but I wanted to comment on the Senate’s inability to pass an amendment to ban flag burning. Again, the rhetoric from my side of the aisle has been a bit too much.
Flag burning is the worst kind of protest. It’s insulting. Even the burning of makeshift flags that are often seen in the clips of
Middle East protest drives me insane. The passage of this bill was out of respect for those who have served and now serve under the flag. These men died for the very expression of one’s ability to burn the flag they served. Those that serve don’t get to choose what they serve and die for. Freedom is freedom.
WBAP Radio Talk Show Host Mark Davis says it best, “Freedom is accepting that sometimes people are going to doing things you don’t like.” Burning the flag; pornography; cross burning; the crucifix upside down in a jar of urine, the Klux Klan in full regalia waving Nazi Flags is all Freedom of Expression. They are all protected forms of expression. If the desecration of our most sacred of symbols is protected, then yes, no symbol for any organizing, religion, or political party is protected. And that, whether we like it or not, is freedom. Accepting this freedom allows us to stand by other forms of expression. The ability to display the flag proudly without anybody telling us when and where we can’t display it. Your flag burners may not like it, but they will have to accept it. And they have to live with that form expression far more than we have to tolerate theirs.
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