Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Flag Burning

The house just passed a bill that would criminalize flag burning and it is now going to the Senate. This bill is just proof that our politicians do jack shit. Our politicians are more worried about combustible symbols and sexy dancing cheerleaders than real issues.

If you think that a ban on flag burning is a good idea-- this is why you are wrong:

(1) The main argument I hear is from people that say "People went to war and died defending that flag-- it is disrespectful to burn it and it should be illegal." The people who have fought and died for our freedom have done so to give us freedoms just like burning our flag. To make it illegal is to criminalize dissent.
Just because it makes you mad doesn't mean it should be illegal.
(2) Whether or not you think burning a flag is "right", it is a form of free speech-- and should be allowed.
(3) What constitutes a flag? Would it be legal to burn a shirt with a flag on it? A napkin with a flag design on it? Some cloth that resembles the US flag? Or would it only be illegal to burn official US flags?

If it passes I am going to be the first person to burn a flag afterwards... The ACLU would represent me-- I could be on Hannity and Colmes-- I could write a book-- and, plus, there is no way that this bill would ever hold up if it went to the Supreme Court.

People just need to stop trying criminalize everything that pisses them off. Here's an idea-- try dealing with your anger in a way that doesn't screw with my freedom.


Anonymous gen. patton said...

burnin flags is like burnin 10000 war veterans you snake, i can't believe we share the same surname

11:21 AM  
Blogger spankidiots said...

So just because it's disrespectful it should be illegal?

I guess we should outlaw every form of disrespect... eh?

2:50 PM  
Blogger spankidiots said...

I really hope you were joking...

9:50 PM  
Blogger ThrO192 said...

I am a Veteran and while I personally am disgusted with the people that would do things like that I do believe that you are right.

3:32 PM  
Blogger TJLaw said...

Again laws based on morals should not be on the law books. We can see why just in these few comments, no one can or will agree.

Lets look at laws anyhow...

Mere guidelines that keep law-abiding citizens at bay. Those who are going to do it, are going to do it regardless of a law. Is it illegal to speed in your car? Yes, do we do it ... daily. Is it illegal to share copyrighted music and video, is it done .. daily by the billions of files. Laws are basically worthless.

If the law is passed, I guess I'll be fined, in protest I will burn the flag. These are crazy times, I feel we're going to have a nasty revolt sooner than later.

History shows us that revolts are started over far less.

5:23 PM  
Blogger spankidiots said...

It will definitely be a very interesting time if flag burning is outlawed.

6:01 PM  
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