"According to the USA Today, the Senate is currently only one vote shy of the 67 votes needed to pass the "Flag Desecration Amendment." If so, I'm convinced the amendment will go down in history as the dumbest law ever written.
Despite my natural disinclination (apathy?) toward burning flags, if the Flag Desecration Amendment passes, I'm going to be awfully tempted to burn one for the first time, if for no other reason than to protest the passage of such a mind-bogglingly stupid amendment. And I have a feeling I won't be alone. It seems likely, therefore, that the primary consequence of this amendment will be to dramatically increase the level of flag burning in this country."
"The USA Today editorialized quite strongly today against the Flag Desecration Amendment, and then provided space for an editorial in favor of the Amendment. Who wrote the editorial favoring this Amendment? The increasingly odious Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who insults everyone's intelligence with this inane "reasoning":* flashback: here's DiFi in march 2000:Some opponents of the Flag Protection Amendment argue that we must choose between trampling on the flag and trampling on the First Amendment. I strongly disagree.
There is no idea or thought expressed by the burning of the American flag that cannot be expressed equally well in another manner. This Amendment would leave both the flag and free speech safe."
""No other emblem or symbol in our nation carries with it such a specific code of conduct in it's protocol for display and handling," Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) countered. "Why then, should it be permissible conduct to burn, desecrate or destroy this symbol, this monument, this national symbol? That's not my definition of free speech.""and as to AL's new-found desire to burn flags, as per calipendence's suggestion, i think we'll see a lot of flag burning on the blogs. definitely on mine.
(and it'd be remiss of me not to mention the wingnuts who wonder with amazement how muslims can be so crazy that they get upset if the koran is mal-treated)