Oh Liberal Media, defender of the constitution. Where were you when Barrack Obama mandated health insurance for us all?
Where were you when Obama listed on his website that he supported the idea of a permanent ban on certain weapons? Where were you when Democrats tried to push the Fairness Doctrine limiting free speech on radio? Where were you when Congress gave a voting member to the District of Columbia despite the fact that the constitution states that only states may be represented in Congress?
The list goes on, but now you have decided to take upon yourself the defense of the constitution. Since we are now being so defensive of the constitution, let’s look a moment at the first amendment:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
The rights that are defined here are free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, peaceful assembly, and petition. I would very quickly argue that burning a flag is not speech and is not peaceful. Fire is a force of destruction, just ask the residents of Gatlinburg, TN. Although many would argue that the symbolism behind burning the flag is a form of communication, it is not in any way speech.
Here is a list of countries where flag burning is illegal:
Austria,Brazil,China, England, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay
Making it illegal to burn the flag of the country upon which soil you stand seems to be a popular theme with other countries. Why? Maybe because it says (weather its the message you are trying to convey or not) “I hate this country.” All Trump has said is that if you hate this country then maybe you are an enemy of this country or at least you should be put out to pursue happiness elsewhere. But alas, tweets aren’t law so I’m not sure what the freak out is about. Trump isn’t even president yet the media runs around in circles screaming “The sky is falling” repeatedly every time Trump sneezes.
As a side note. I’m a veteran. In basic training we were taught that the stripes on the flag represent the blood that was shed for our freedom. As a veteran and grandson of a WW2 vet, I wouldnt mind a law protecting a symbol of the sacrifice that was made by those who came before me.
Obama’s reign was that of anti-patriotism. Conversely Trump’s will be one of patriotism. Is that so bad?