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News :: Environment
Senate Vote on Flag Desecration
07 Sep 2004
Modified: 09:54:36 PM
After passing in the house, prominent Republicans are looking to pass a bill stating that desecrating (burning, cutting, writing on, etc) the flag is illegal.
A flag burns at the DNC in Boston, 2004.
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Though this bill would not usually pass, a good number of senators are out on the campaign trail right now, either for their own elections or for the presidential one. The Republican majority is looking to pass a bill stating that desecration of the flag is illegal. Flag desecration, such as burning, has always been protected as a First Amendment right, and many groups, from civil rights groups to veterans groups are opposing this measure. The First Amendment has never officially been amended, but their is a good chance that it will be now. The American Civil Liberties Union is urging people to contact their senators, made easy through the link below.
See also:
http://www.aclu.org/FreeSpeech/FreeSpeech.cfm?ID=9969&c=50

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Re: Senate Vote on Flag Desecration
07 Sep 2004
Anti-desecration Congressmen are an iterated function system with the nested belief that repeated posting of the flag burn ban will result in success.

If it passes, it will be proof that any law can be passed if only it is proposed enough times. This will set the stage for an era of monotony in legislative process.

My first fistfight in a public building was in a classroom in 1989 when I refused to salute the flag during Gulf War One. Regardless of my motivations at the time, the issue quickly became: "I will not salute things because I am told to salute them."

I do not burn American flags. I have never been stuck without sufficient tinder in the form of Bibles, socialist manifestoes, or Rage Against the Machine tapes.
Not that obnoxious self-promoting Robert Goodwin again!
07 Sep 2004
There he goes again, Robert thinks the world cares about what he would do or not do.

Care to sell anything while you're passing through?
The Flag IS A Symbol. Not OUR Constitution!
08 Sep 2004
BURN IT! (FREEDOM OF SPEECH!)
If the weasels in Congress pass the assinine bill?
The Supreme Court will overturn it, on the 1st Amendment grounds.

Why can't the House pass REAL bills?
National Health Care for ALL?
Impeaching the Liar?
Impeaching the Vice-Liar?
And the whole damn Cabinet?

The Republicans are running scared. They will lose the Senate. And? Maybe the Presidency. (We'll see...)

Serves all of them right!
Re: Senate Vote on Flag Desecration
08 Sep 2004
Your post should be hidden for implying that selling things is wrong. As an American, the Constitution guarantees my right to sell things. As for being an egoist, it beats being an altruist. Why should I spend all day doing things for you when that would only make you fat and lazy? You never work for my well being and benefit.

Obviously you care enough about me to use my non-art name, and to begin writing my biography online.

I still fail to see why burning the American Flag in this day and age is anything but a banal retro-fashion statement.