This is a day late because I am working on another project, but I wanted to say a few words about the flag-burning amendment that failed in the Senate the other day.
The fact that I am/was a Republican probably makes you think that I was all for this move, which was largely supported by Republicans, or at least that’s how the media is portraying it (I haven’t actually looked at the vote break-down) – unless, you regularly read this blog with an open mind to my positions.
If the latter is the case, you know full well that I completely oppose this idea.
The reason the flag-burning law was shot down by the Supreme Court was because it is a violation of free speech. If we amend the Constitution to ban flag burning, it is still a violation of free speech, only now it is imbedded in our Constitution making it a contradiction of itself. What an insult.
The purpose of the First Amendment was to protect our right to express our dissent from the government. The First Amendment protects us from the government interfering with our free expression, be it political, religious, or other.
That means, anti-American nut-jobs have the right to burn the flag, a political candidate has the right to spend millions of dollars (his or others’) trying to build name recognition, churches have the right to think homosexuality is wrong, protesters have the right to call the president names and scream about “blood for oil,” protesters have the right to carry signs with pictures of aborted fetuses, and the government (that includes you, too) does not have the right to stop them.
I am totally at a loss as to why one side supports freedom only when it suits them and the other side supports freedom only when it suits them. It’s all or nothing, people. Either we are free or we’re not. If you are allowed to subvert the Constitution and restrict our freedom for your agenda, what do you think the other guys will do when they are the ones in power?
This has been a victorious week for the Constitution. Thank God because I was really starting to get worried.