Burning of the Flag or the Constitution

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Burning of the Flag or the Constitution

Friday, July 1st, 2005

   Like most Americans I am opposed to the act of flag burning. The American Flag is a symbol of our liberties; it is at the core a Liberal symbol. If anyone listens to the Pledge of allegiance, they will see that the Flag stands for Liberal principles.

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: one Nation under God, indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for all.

   “Liberty and Justice for all” encompass the three principles of the Liberal movement, “Freedom, Justice and equality.” I no more believe that it is American to burn the flag than I believe it is Christian to burn a cross! With that said to outlaw it only restricts the very freedoms that we want to preserve.

Sixteen years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that flag burning was a form of protected speech, an expression of freedom. That very notion is uncomfortable — and should be. But instead of answering questions about power, Congress has been trying ever since to strip freedom from those who hold it dear. “It's time to stand up for our symbol,” Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told The New York Times. Hatch is sponsoring a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ban flag banning. “I consider defecating on the flag, urinating on the flag, burning the flag with contempt — just to mention three — to be offensive conduct, not speech.” Check here to read more.

   What Congress does not seem to grasp is that they are more concern with the symbol of our freedoms than our very freedoms themselves. One might say by banning the burning of the Flag they are burning up the Constitution. It would be far more prudent to use the tax payers’ money to educate the public through television and radio ads as to the freedoms entitled to all Americans in the Constitution and Bill of Right. Such education could restore the respect that the Flag rightly deserves.