Again, I really must ask those supporting punishment for flag burning–how do you reconcile free speech with your views? Does the right to free speech end where the flag is concerned? If so, what standard do we use for determining what things are too important to allow people to demonstrate freely about?
If free speech survives where flags are involved, then how is burning a flag anything worse than the potential destruction of property (assuming it is another’s flag)?
The U.S. Supreme Court has been analyzing free speech as we know it for nearly a century, and has declared flag burning to be a constitutionally protected form of free speech. If any of you has an argument why this is not so, let’s hear it. Or if you think the constitution is bunk, well, I wonder what it is about the flag that you care for so dearly. If we don’t have freedom in this country, what is there that is worth defending?
As a former service member, I’m as disgusted by the idea of someone burning the flag as anyone. But as a citizen, I understand and recognize the importance of allowing such despicable activity.