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The continually put forward Amendment to the Constitution, to outlaw the burning of the American Flag, should not be passed; even though I feel loathed and offended by the burning of the American Flag, because it symbolizes to me, the individual Freedom, Rights and Liberty that our forefathers fought and gave their lives for, it also represents to me the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which to me are sacred documents. Many brave people have fought and died for our individual Rights, Liberty and Freedom, and what this Country represents under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, with the American Flag as their symbol of pride in this Country. But I hope they gave their lives for what the American Flag represents to them, and not just for the symbol itself. This is the only Country on Earth, where we have the freedom and the Right to burn the symbol, the flag. Where people are not put in jail or killed for expressing their political dissent.

I personally think that anyone who would burn our flag, should be given a one-way ticket, to any other Country on Earth. But we should not have political prisoners in this Country. I believe in freedom and liberty, more than the symbol that represents it. People should have the Right to express their political dissent; any way they so choose, so long as they do not hurt or violate anyone else's person, property, privacy or freedom. For me to set one symbol above all other symbols, by making it the only symbol that you can put people in jail for desiccating it, is tantamount to idolatry. You have to be willing to pay the price for freedom and liberty, and sometimes the price seems great, but the blessings of liberty are greater, to be free, and stay free, true freedom is worth any cost.

The American flag has been an honored symbol; the flag that we draped over the bodies and caskets of our honored dead. The American flag has been consecrated with their blood, in their fight for Family, Country, Liberty and Freedom. But burning the American flag can take nothing away from their Great Sacrifice; it is only the symbol of that Sacrifice, and not the Sacrifice itself. No one or nothing can ever take away from or Diminish, the Lives that have been given, and the Sacrifices that have been made, for Family, for Country, for Liberty and for Freedom.

But we should give Honor to our symbol of Liberty, long May She Wave, ore the Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave. The Stars and Stripes of Freedom; the Flag of the United States of America, symbol of the Freest Nation on Earth, and the Sacrifices that have been made, and the Lives that have been given for that Liberty and Freedom. Do not let their Sacrifices be empty, or in vain. Let Freedom Ring from Sea to shining Sea, for now and forevermore.

1 posted on 06/24/2005 4:07:49 AM PDT by freeform
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To: freeform

The proposed ban on flag-burning is a purely symbolic, political act. Even if it did pass, it would likely be tested and struck down in either a liberal or conservative high court.

Gotta run now. I have to burn a Koran in the front yard before heading to work.


2 posted on 06/24/2005 4:19:49 AM PDT by get'emall (Howard Dean is nuts.)
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To: freeform

Gotta back this one, simply because the same people who burn our flag as a symbolic gesture are the ones who scream in outrage about perceived desecration of the Koran. Let's see some consistency!


7 posted on 06/24/2005 4:44:35 AM PDT by onevoter
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To: freeform

How Happy.

Now that our Boys-In-The-Balticway have passed this bit of feel-good, I can be comforted that none of the illegals and gangs storming over our borders will be able to burn this flag with impunity, or stop the government from taking a few city blocks, or even China from Unocal.


8 posted on 06/24/2005 4:45:37 AM PDT by OpusatFR (Try permaculture and get back to the Founders intent. Mr. Jefferson lives!)
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To: freeform

I can't believe that 77 democrats went along with the majority of the republicans to pass this protectionism that is going nowhere! Some dems and repubs didn't even vote on it.

here's a link to the vote record if anyone is interested:

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll296.xml


10 posted on 06/24/2005 4:48:40 AM PDT by Susannah ("May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't."--General George S. Patton)
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To: freeform

Sometimes I just can't believe I'm living in the country in which I was born . You can burn my flag but don't denegrade a koran . Have the dims gone mad ? WARNING to flag burners , do not burn a flag in my presence , you can tread on supermans cape , you can steal the wind , you can pluck a thorn from an ole angry lion but don't mess around
with our countrys Flag , the symbol for which our heros fought and died for , preserving the rights of even the lowest forms of existance like flag burners .


15 posted on 06/24/2005 5:11:23 AM PDT by lionheart 247365 (( I.S.L.A.M. ; ) Islam's Spiritual Leaders Advocate Murder .. .. .. ))
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To: freeform

What a week. I can stand outside and burn the flag as they take my land.


16 posted on 06/24/2005 5:13:22 AM PDT by Fawn
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To: freeform
No need for a flag burning amendment -- it is protected speech.

Simply pass a law saying that any subsequent reaction by bystanders to the flag burning scumbag is protected "speech" also.

17 posted on 06/24/2005 5:14:09 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: freeform

Talk about fiddling while Rome burns...these clowns better get on the stick or NONE of them will be re-elected next year. Conservatives are WAY past the flag-burning issue and are sick about the illegal alien invasion, the over-throwing of our private property rights by this out-of-control SCOTUS, and oil at $60/bbl. How about doing some REAL work on those issues, Congressmen?


19 posted on 06/24/2005 5:27:40 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: freeform

I believe we should stop referring to this as a flag burning amendment. Under this wording,

"The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States,"

Congress would have wide leeway to name a number of different activities beyond burning to be desecration. They could make it illegal to have it raised at night unilluminated or make it illegal for it be out in the rain. Both are currently part of the US Flag code.
Pity the guy who puts in some overtime and finds the police on his doorstep when he arrives home after dark.


21 posted on 06/24/2005 6:06:17 AM PDT by NC28203
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To: freeform

A law that can’t be enforced is a bad law, and this is one of them. Our congress crooks should be spending their time on border problems and other items of physical importance rather than issues born from emotion.

And yes, I love my flag.


22 posted on 06/24/2005 6:10:40 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: freeform

Congress fiddles, while Rome burns. Blackbird.


24 posted on 06/24/2005 7:08:48 AM PDT by BlackbirdSST
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