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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Flag Burning

Well, the House passed the flag burning amendment...

US House passes flag-burning ban
Burning US flag
Flag desecration is a sensitive issue in the US
The US House of Representatives has approved a constitutional amendment allowing lawmakers to ban flag burning.

The Republican-led House voted 286-130 on the divisive measure, which now goes before the Senate.

Similar moves in the past have failed to gather the three-thirds majority required for constitutional amendments in both houses of the US Congress.

The draft amendment aims to override a 1989 Supreme Court ruling protecting flag desecration as free speech.

The issue has been a rallying cause for conservatives ever since.

It gathered political momentum in the wake of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the US.

"Ask the men and women who stood on top of the World Trade Center," said Republican Randy Cunningham, a Californian congressman.

"Ask them and they will tell you - pass this amendment"

I have to say, I think it's stupid to have a constitutional amendment on the matter. And I think that anyone that burns the flag is a complete @sshole that should be the object of derision, not applause, from his/her compatriots in protest.

Those that burn flags are the first to get their panties in a bind when they hear about a Quran being handled inappropriately - and hypocritically are likely to cheer when they see an art exhibit that defiles Christian symbols.

But, back to the topic at hand... Let's not pass a Constitutional amendment on flag burning... but let's lock up every tool that does it for breaking local ordinances of an uncontrolled open flame.

BTW, given this and my previous post - you'd think there weren't any major issues on the table... Come ON GOP!!! YOU HAVE THE LEGISLATIVE AND EXECUTIVE BRANCH - GET TO WORK ON MATTERS THAT THE VOTERS CARE ABOUT!!!!

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler