It’s a 1st Amendment kind of week

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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4 Responses

  1. I agree. Americans burning the American flag is an odious and offensive thing. But, as conservatives are wont to say, you don’t have the right to never be offended.

    Personally, I think anyone who sets fire to our flag is an asshole. And assholes do us a favor by identifying themselves and their causes. Now we know that the Berkeley born-too-late-to-be-real-hippies crowd hate America and want her to elect a liberal. That’s quite a visual for the nightly news to carry.

    I think every time some asshole burns the flag, the republicans pick up a thousand votes somewhere in the heartland. Places like Ohio, where they may be swing voters, but they don’t hate their country. Just my theory.

  2. Wow, Dex, I think your holding back. I think your theory is correct. By the way, I need a flag for the new apartment.

  3. Guys I think that they should allow whoever wishes to burn a flag the opportunity to do so and I would fight for their right to do so. I think our real issue should not be with the dolts who choose to burn flags. Our real issue should be with a congress that refuses to mandate all United States flags being made from flame retardant material.

  4. Trouble with that is that burning respectfully is the proper way to dispose of a flag that is worn out or soiled somehow.

    The Boy Scouts provide this service in many areas.

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