Thursday, June 23, 2005

Burning flags

My, my there are some eager little beavers trying to attach a big old asterisk to the first Amendment of the Constitution:
Amendment I

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.
There's even a song!
There's a lot of flag-burners,
Who have got too much freedom,
I want to make it legal
For policemen to beat'em.

'Cause there's limits to our liberties,
At least I hope and pray that there are,
'Cause those liberal freaks go too far.
(per The Simpsons).

But back in supposedly non-cartoon land - here's what they say in defense of a flag burning amendment:
Supporters said emotions after Sept. 11 created more public support than ever before. They said detractors are out of touch with public sentiment.

'Ask the men and women who stood on top of the Trade Center,' said Rep. Randy 'Duke' Cunningham, a California Republican. 'Ask them and they will tell you: Pass this amendment.'
Acutally, I would guess they're saying "please stop terrorists from crashing planes into our buildings", but I'm sure "grandstand and wrap yourself in a flag" was the number two thought in their minds. All that being said, there's enough resistence in the Senate to stop this from being sent to the President. Little comfort can be had since the very useful congress keeps sending it up the flagpole.


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