Thursday, June 23, 2005

Flag Burning

So the Congress if finally giving this piece of legislation a shot, and people are crying foul. Well good for Congress, I think it is time to ban flag burning. I think if I saw someone burning the American Flag I would put the Flag out and punch the motherfucker in the face. This is the symbol of our country, the country that gives you the right to say what you want, to do what you want and to be what you want, but I think we have let it go to far. These same freedoms we enjoy are what is destroying our society. Recently we had a protest here which lead to vandalism of our state capital building. People throw blood/paint on fur, acid on Hummers, pies in faces, carry signs of aborted fetuses near children and generally destroy property of those that do not agree with them. Why do they think they can do that, why do they think they can get away with that, that it is acceptable to protest like that. I will tell you why, because a person can burn the American Flag on the steps of the White House and nothing would happen (OK not the White House but it is an illustration). Peaceful Protest, yes; Destructive Protest, no.
I think it has to do with yesterdays post, it is a matter of respect! Maybe if a few protestors were taken down while burning a flag they would think twice before doing damage during a protest. This is a symbol of our great country, men and women have died for that flag, the blood of generations runs in the red of those stripes so you can watch your MTV, sip your Starbucks, and rip your mp3s. You can read a book on any subject and marry whomever you like, worship how you wish, vote your party and speak out against your government because of what that Flag represents.
American Flags are burned everyday in the Middle East and it has lost it's effect on us, we do not bat an eye. But a report says that we might have flushed a Koran and there is hell to pay, fuck that!!!! Maybe a ban on flag burning will take away a bit of our Freedom of Speech, but you can express yourself and your displeasure of the government in many other ways. Ask a veteran what is was like to see Her raised over Iwo Jima, or see Her rescued from the World Trade Center and flown over center field at Yankee Stadium during the World Series, or lined up on the graves of brave men and women on Memorial Day, or handed to the family of a fallen Hero. They understand what it means!

Old Glory is a mess and needs to be restored to her former self. She is the symbol of this great nation and as such should be treated with great respect. People have forgotten and now need to be reminded.


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