Burning of the Flag or the Constitution

Written by Marty on 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.


 

7 Comments so far ↓

  1. Anonymous says:

    While we are at it, let's ban other ways of defiling the flag:
    — Using it as clothes so it gets dirty and sweaty to say nothing of sat on.
    — Nailing it to the side of a building so it is out in all kinds of weather, to say nothing of getting dirty and torn.
    — Driving anywhere over 20 mph with one (or more) attached that are frayed in the first 5 minutes
    — Wrapping yourself up in one or draping one over your shoulders
    We can have the police out doing flag checks and pulling over anyone who doesn't adequately revere the flag, confiscate all the defiled and damaged ones and properly dispose of them.
    By burning.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water or merchandise. It should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way. It should never be used as a covering for a ceiling. It should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature. It should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything. LINK

  3. Anonymous says:


       That is just the problem with the Neo-Cons they do not walk the talk. Mr. Bush has been desecrating the flag from the point that he stole the White House. If these Neo-Cons would show the respect to that which the flag stands for, they would have more grounds to talk about the flag itself.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Once upon a time the way to get rid of old flags was to burn them. [Quietly and with diginity] The flag is only a symbol, a piece of cloth. One can distroy the symbol but can not do away with what it stands for, if anything a public burning only deepens the feeling envoked by the flag.

  5. Anonymous says:

    You know if you think about it they never live up to the standard that they set for the rest of us. Look at the 10 Commandments they want to build monuments to them but they break everyone of them.

    ONE: 'You shall have no other gods before Me.'

    When it comes to money they have many gods other than the Lord.

    TWO: 'You shall not make for yourself a carved image–any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.'

    Again the monuments to the 10 commandments.

    THREE: 'You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.'

    When Bush says that God told him to go to war killing thousands, I call that taking the name of God in vain!

    FOUR: 'Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.'

    How many Iraqis have been killed on a Sunday?

    FIVE: 'Honor your father and your mother.'

    All you have to do is look at how Bush talks about his father.

    SIX: 'You shall not murder.'

    100,000 murdered in Iraq for what!

    SEVEN: 'You shall not commit adultery.'

    How many Republicans have cheated on their wives? Rush is losing number 4.

    EIGHT: 'You shall not steal.'

    Again Iraq!

    NINE: 'You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.'

    Rove lying about the patriotism of Democrats!

    TEN: 'You shall not covet your neighbour's house; you shall not covet your neighbour's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbour's.'

    And his “OIL!”

  6. Anonymous says:

    Yeah but if our attention is on the symbol of our freedom we won't notice when they take away our very freedoms themselves.

  7. Anonymous says:

    The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water or merchandise. It should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way. It should never be used as a covering for a ccse exams ceiling. It should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature. It should never be ccsa exams used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything That is just the problem with the Neo-Cons they do not walk the talk. Mr. Bush has been desecrating the flag from the point that he stole the White House. If these comptia exams Neo-Cons would show the respect to that which the flag stands for, they would have more grounds to talk about the flag itself.

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