Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Not Just A Piece Of Cloth

"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it" - Voltaire

I'm not so sure I can whole-heartedly agree with Voltaire when it pertains to the issue of burning or desecration Old Glory.

It is an emblem of this nation. Not of a party or a belief but of the very nation itself. The destruction of a nation's symbols is not a trivial thing. It is an aggressive act, an expression of hatred for that nation and what that nation represents.

You are attacking the very nation who is providing you with the freedom of speech to burn it's symbol in effigy. Seems ironic and ignorant to me.

Whatever your beliefs are, if you are an American have some respect for your country, what it stands for, and it's symbols. Are you that incapable of rational, adult thought, and debate that you must draw attention away from the fact that you have nothing real to say by creating a fire?

I have fought for this nation, under the flag who's glory is so strong that only it is fitting to drape the coffin of our heroes, and only it carries enough respect to be given to their family members.

I have had the unfortunate honor to escort a good friend home and made sure that the banner was always affixed whenever the casket was moved and was there to present the folded flag to his mother while the gratitude of a nation were expressed.

The flag desecration amendment failed by one vote.

I can't agree that a constitutional amendment is necessary to ban desecration of the flag.

To me it's just common sense.

Choose a different way to express your freedom of speech.

Especially around me.

2 Comments:

Anonymous mre said...

I remember this -

"This flag is presented on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for your loved one's honorable and faithful service"

The flag is more than just a piece of cloth. It truly is a symbol what we defend.

Once again, I'll agree with you on this one. Flag burning is reprehensible and it totally disgusts me. But, when Congress tries to make it a constitutional amendment to ban it. I tend to agree with those who argue that it violates the first amendment.

Burn the flag you may but perhaps it is better and safer done in private.

Meaning, I better not see your ass do it.

29/6/06 13:59  
Anonymous Hoss said...

Ditto.

The only thing I'm cool with is when we see these a'holes burning a flag, it lets us know exactly who they are, and what they are all about.

30/6/06 14:26  

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