Should We Burn Our Flag?

Some say yes. Some say no. What do you say?

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“Well, there is an example of where the Supreme Court screwed up,” Ron Blurted out. “That’s burning the Flag of the United States of America. We fought and died for our country and the stars and stripes are a symbol of our republic. As a Marine Officer I swore an oath to defend and support the Constitution of the United States of America. I still remember that June Saturday morning and what it meant to each one of us.

“The ACLU has a different take on flag burning,” Genie interrupted. “They say: Our democracy is strong because we tolerate all peaceful forms of expression, no matter how uncomfortable they make us feel or how much we disagree. The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed and reaffirmed that the right to desecrate the flag is included in the Constitution’s protection of speech.  

“Flag burning and desecration is offensive precisely because it is political,” Genie continued turning to look at Ron. “Experience shows the way to fight political expression with which one disagrees is not to outlaw it, as Congress has repeatedly sought to do, but to express disapproval. The ACLU has led organizing efforts against legislative attempts to ban flag desecration, including fighting back recently proposed constitutional amendments in 2004, 2006, and 2011.”

“They got this wrong,” Ron replied turning his head to look directly at Genie. “Flag desecration is not free speech; it is destruction of a symbol of free speech. If the people who hate this country, our culture and our Constitution so much, they should find a more intelligent way to go about it than a senseless barbaric act of violence that requires the education level of a cave man.

“One can burn the flag, but they cannot burn the Bill of Rights or the Constitution. Those are the beliefs and ideas our republic was founded on. Those tenets cannot be destroyed by burning or any other act of defilement. To protest those principles is a twisted method of protesting the very foundations upon which they were written. 

“The imprudence of the leftist activists, and the Marxist ACLU, does not mean they were correct on this issue. It only means that human beings, American Presidents, made grave mistakes by appointing left leaning, activist Supreme Court Justices who mistakenly ruled on this issue in a most disgraceful manner. We are forced to live with this abomination for now, but like the previous most loathsome free speech decision in the Court's history that was overturned 40 years later, this most odorous and odious free speech decision will be overturned in our future. It will fulfill our destiny as a nation.”


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    I think that you will agree that the US Supreme Court has made some ludicrous decisions during our lifetime. Some of their logic is so convoluted that it is mindboggling. Any time that a decision is made that is in direct conflict with natural law it should be apparent to any critical thinker that it is a bad decision. Many of the court’s recent decisions fall into this category and will/should eventually be overturned. As far as the ‘flag burning’ decision is concerned, under the US Constitution we as American citizens have free SPEECH not free ACTIONS. How can the burning of our flag (an action) be construed as speech? It cannot and therefore must be addressed by our legislators to pass a law to make that ACTION illegal. Yes, they have tried in the past but maybe with the new conservative controlled Senate and House of Representatives we can pass a sensible law that will be signed by our newly elected president.

  • Justin Elkin Reply

    Hey Bill,

    Ron’s my guy but I don’t agree with all of his argument here. I hope I can assist you without actually writing myself into the narrative. I trust you’d know how to do all that if need be. There seems to me that there is some cognitive bias associated with Ron’s service and there is bias on the ACLU’s part displayed with there persistence to burn the flag with impunity. Why in the world is such a thing being brought before the Supreme Court of the United States to begin with?

    The ACLU needs to understand that burning things is not a peaceful form of expression. One who willfully burns something is performing an act of violence on whatever it is being burned. Fire is a cause for alarm to anyone that knows fire burns.What do we think most people would think of someone who decides to burn Malcolm X’s work in public because it says “blue-eyed devils” in it? There must be something wrong with them or they couldn’t have researched his whole life, right?

    People like Ron ought to see that bringing the law down for desecrating the flag does nothing for the Constitution of the people themselves without patiently considering the matters at hand. Patiently because history is a convoluted mess just like a lot of people are. It’s one thing to be endearing to certain symbols and quite another to forget that “Ceremony is not civility; nor civility ceremony”, to quote Poor Richard, no matter how many hours of flag etiquette one has performed.

    Luckily, the Supreme Court does patiently consider the matter. Free speech is important not only for the sake of what is right in ourselves but also to discover and “weed-out” what is wrong in ourselves too. To be lighthearted, couldn’t we consider flag desecration like stabbing at a voodoo doll? Lol.

    Until soon

  • Dick Reynolds Reply

    I’m trying to create a dialogue where some voices that are never heard can be heard through my characters. Thanks for commenting.

  • Dick Reynolds Reply

    No, I don’t think it’s OK to burn the flag. I think it’s a hateful act and it angers me whenever I see pictures of anyone doing this as an act of protest.

    However, since the Supreme Court has ruled that it’s not against the law, what can you do about it? Have our dysfunctional Congress pass a law that prohibits it? You can probably guess that such a law would give the ACLU another cause to champion and shift the whole problem back to the Supreme Court to think about. Wonder if the court will have a 9th justice by then?

  • Anonymous Reply

    My comment is simple on burning the flag of the United States of America that so many brave men and women fought and died to protect.

    If you hate our symbolic flag so much that you burn it, go the hell to some other county. I suggest moving to Syria and join ISIS. Burn their flag and see what happens. They will bury you in two pieces. That is if they bury you. They would more then likely not bury you so everyone can come by and piss on your head. I agree with Ron but I like my approach handling dumbass flag burners.

  • tom Lutz Reply

    “You can’t yell fire in a theater unless there is actually a fire; it’s the law”
    Why can’t there be, why shouldn’t there be, a law that disallows burning the flag, the symbol of our freedom for which so many of our people have died to protect. If you don’t like what it stands for, the most logical solution, and a very easy solution, is to move to a country that agrees with what you are bitching about, and acts accordingly. We’ll even let you take your money with you. But you won’t do that because you want your freedom to bitch, about what you no not.
    Next to my disgust at burning the flag is my disgust at all the various renditions for singing our National Anthem. So many of these so called singers, seem to think that standing out there on the gridiron, or wherever, is about them (look how I can sing it in falsetto, I can even yodel as certain places, etc). Trust me, it’s not about you. For me its that you can’t sing the Anthem as it is written. Take some more singing lessons and come back when you can sing it correctly.

  • Linda D. Martin Reply

    There is already a law on the books against flag burning, needs to be in forced. Although, I believe it should be a stricter penalty.

    • Bill Muckler Reply

      Thanks for the comment Linda. You are correct.

  • Connie Ross Reply

    I am just an ordinary citizen, not a constitutional scholar. I have never served in any branch of the Military but am forever grateful to those who have served, defending my freedom for which our flag represents so much. I agree with Ron, in this article. Free “Speech” is protected by the Constitution but i do not believe that “Acts” of Destruction of National Symbols of Our Country should ever fall under “Free Speech”. This article was very thought provoking. I am hopeful that with new Supreme Court Justices to be put in place, this will be revisited.

    • Bill Muckler Reply

      Thanks for the comment Connie. The government has been taken from the people by the elite. They now decide what they want and those of us with common sense are to be forgotten.

  • Anonymous Reply

    Burning the flag is a non-starter. I will never support this under any circumstances, regardless of the leftist ACLU and their minions. This disgusts me to no end. I hope and pray no one ever does it in proximity to me….

  • Bill Muckler Reply

    Thanks for the comment. Stand by your principles.

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