Monday, June 27, 2005

The Flag Can Take The Heat...

Last week members of the House of Representatives passed a Constitutional amendment on flag burning. Once again these “leaders” of our legislative branch have gone overboard on an emotional issue and have not tended to the work we elected them to do. This just continues to happen over and over again. This “amendment" to the Constitution will not pass in the Senate and will never get ratified by the ¾’s of the states. Whenever one of these Congressional blowhards demands we amend the Constitution the media jumps all over it but never tells us that it would take years for it to get ratified, if ever. That would take all the starch out of the blowhard in Congress and his face time on the news channels. Once again more wasted time by our members of Congress.

This amendment plays on the same emotions as the desecration of the Koran did to Muslims in the Middle East. Mark Steyn of the Chicago Sun Times wrote a good piece on this topic. You can read it here. He writes, ''it's not possible to 'torture' an inanimate object. That alone is a perfectly good reason to object to a law forbidding the "desecration" of the flag. For my own part, I believe that, if someone wishes to burn a flag, he should be free to do so. In the same way, if Democrat senators want to make speeches comparing the U.S. military to Nazis and the Khmer Rouge, they should be free to do so. It's always useful to know what people really believe”.

Don’t get me wrong. I feel that burning an American flag, or any nation’s flag, is distasteful and wrong. The person burning deserves a punch in the mouth or a swift kick in the ass. I don’t feel they need to be arrested. Mark Steyn also writes, “Banning flag desecration flatters the desecrators and suggests that the flag of this great republic is a wee delicate bloom that has to be protected. It's not. It gets burned because it's strong. A flag has to be worth torching. When a flag gets burned, that's not a sign of its weakness but of its strength. If you can't stand the heat of your burning flag, get out of the superpower business. It's the left that believes the state can regulate everyone into thought-compliance. The right should understand that the battle of ideas is won out in the open”

The United States and her flag can take the heat….


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