House on Wednesday approved a constitutional amendment that would give
Congress the power to ban desecration of the American flag, a measure
that for the first time stands a chance of passing the Senate as well.
286-130 vote - eight more than needed - House members approved the
amendment after a debate over whether such a ban would uphold or run
afoul of the Constitution's free-speech protections.
of two-thirds of the lawmakers present was required to send the bill on
to the Senate, where activists on both sides say it stands the best
chance of passage in years. If the amendment is approved in that
chamber by a two-thirds vote, it would then move to the states for
Why is it there is so much obsession of late with freakin icons? The Left gets bent out of shape that some books were mishandled in Cuba and the Right is back on its no flag-burning kick. The US Flag is a piece of cloth, that has meaning to the extent that one respects what it stands for. Legislating against burning flags will do nothing to increase respect for what the flag stands for, and in reality helps undermine those values. No one who loves the US thinks less of our country when they see someone burning flag -- they think less of the flag-burners.
A hundred years ago, the Constitution was modified to allow income taxes, an amendment that was sold to the public as but a small, small exception to constitutional protections. We see now what has been driven since through this small crack. Lets not do the same with free speech - we cannot create an exception to our strong Constitutional protections of free speech.