Flag Burning

“I was delighted to learn that American politicians are trying to make
it illegal to burn the American flag. That can only mean that my
dedicated public servants have finally solved the problems of crime,
drugs, war, poverty, terrorism, healthcare, immigration, and the
mystery of why our children are such idiots compared to Norwegians.
Evidently those issues are now under control…

I consider myself a highly patriotic guy and I understand how people can get worked up over the flag being burned. I love my flag. But symbols are personal things, and everyone is free to interpret them however they see fit. For me, a flag that I’m NOT allowed to burn is a symbol that the government is too intrusive in my life. And it’s an insult to anyone who died to defend freedom. But that’s just me. You might prefer your symbols of freedom to have as many restrictions as possible.”

So I was going to write about this whole flag burning amendment a couple of days ago when it was voted down, but I have been busy and now Mr. Adams has beat me too it. The only thing I will add is that didn’t people give their lives not just to save the flag, but to save the freedom that that flag represents?
Of course what frustrates me the most is that most of the guys who voted for this bill probably didn’t want it to pass because they want to spend the next few months talking about how the “other guy wants to burn the flag” so they can get elected. It is stuff like this that makes you see why my generation has given up on politics. Nothing ever gets accomplished. It is just trying to pander to voters and beat the other party.
How is this for interesting too, I think that Hillary Clinton voted against the amendment, but is sponsor of a law that makes it illegal. That way she gets to claim she is on both sides of the issue.  

5 thoughts on “Flag Burning

  • June 30, 2006 at 8:01 PM

    Just to play a little devil’s advocate here, so what if the flag is only viewed as a symbol, and burning one is no big deal? What happens when people decide they want to whip out their ole’ symbolic Klan hood? They might view it as a symbol of what they believe, while the majority of people would view it as a symbol of hate. There’s already enough controversy over confederate flags, and opposing views as to what they represent.

    I personally don’t have a huge problem if some idiot somewhere wants to burn a flag. At least you know to some degree where they stand and what they believe. I come from a family with quite a few military members and veterans who have fought to protect the freedom that our flag represents. But there is such a thing as being too free. I think it’s difficult to know where to draw the line between standards and laws.

    It just seems to me that some people in our country are so set on us being a free, open, and liberal society. Wouldn’t it be easier just to move to a place where that type of environment already exists rather than to try to change the face of an entire country?

    Just wondering, exactly when are you going to delve into the whole abortion can of worms?

  • June 30, 2006 at 10:06 PM

    Anyone has the freedom to wear a klan hood whenever they please. There is no law preventing it. I don’t like it, and they wouldn’t be liked in most communities, but they have a right to wear them.

    As for abortion, that is too easy.

  • July 2, 2006 at 12:51 AM

    We have a family that just started to come to our church. They live in government housing and their 5 year old daughter was reprimanded for "desecrating" public poperty with sidewalk chalk by the maintenance guy. Once a month the property manager comes into their home and "inspects" to make sure it’s clean enough. But yet in the same complex people actively use/sell drugs. So please continue to debate the merits of flag burning…I’m packing up and heading to Cananda…wait…they allow gay marriage. Crap I’m stuck! Oh well guess I’ll put out my American Flag for the 4th and hope nobody "desecrates" it!!!

  • July 5, 2006 at 5:17 PM

    I think the flag burning debate is a waste of time and energy. It can only upset us IF we let it. And as you say politicians are using this for own -not so hidden – agendas. What a waste of time …

    I’m here in Finland and no-one bothers to burn anyone’s flag. We also don’t put it on swimsuits etc …


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