In another absurd act of hyperpatriotism, lawmakers are still clamoring to pass a Protect the Flag Against Burning and Desecration and Stuff Amendment.
WASHINGTON — The Senate may be within one or two votes of passing a constitutional amendment to ban desecration of the U.S. flag, clearing the way for ratification by the states, a key opponent of the measure said Tuesday.
“It’s scary close,” said Terri Schroeder of the American Civil Liberties Union, which opposes the amendment. “People think it’s something that’s never going to happen. … The reality is we’re very close to losing this battle.”
Congress regularly has debated the issue since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Texas flag desecration law in 1989 and its own Flag Protection Act the next year. But until now, it has failed to muster the two-thirds vote needed in both the House of Representatives and the Senate before states try to ratify the measure.
Next week, the House will vote on the amendment for a seventh time. If history is a guide, it will pass for a seventh time. That’s when the spotlight switches to the Senate, where the amendment has always died.
Tell me: why should doing anything to the U.S. flag be illegal? Orrin Hatch says, “Burning, urinating, defecating on the flag — this is not speech. This is offensive conduct.” No, it’s called freedom of expression…you know, the thing you conservatives often have a problem with when it doesn’t fit your xenophobic worldview? Oh yeah, that. Sure, some will find it offensive, but it only makes a statement, nothing more. The flag is a symbol of freedom — burning or otherwise desecrating it does not affect the freedom of anyone in this country. Not one iota. Do you flag-worshippers honestly think that our freedoms are so fragile that they are somehow threatened by someone destroying a piece of cloth made in China? Loosen your grip on that rifle and get a grip on reality!
Besides that, just how many flag-burnings have you seen in the U.S. recently? Or ever? It just doesn’t happen that often. It’s a symbol, and it symbolizes something good, but that’s all it is, folks. This amendment is a meaningless gesture intended to make conservatives feel better about themselves, pure and simple. If this amendment barred people from wrapping themselves in the flag, it never would have seen the light of day.