Thursday, June 05, 2003

Stupid Is as Stupid Does
With the economy still in the tank, states bleeding red ink and millions of people unemployed, Congress has taken up the oh so important task of banning flag burning. (story here) This seems to have become an almost annual rite since the Supreme Court ruled that flag burning was Constitutionally protected speech back in 1989. As someone who has had countless ancestors fight under the flag, I am more than a bit offended by Congress' attempt to stifle speech it finds offensive and by their legislative priorities. (It was bad enough that they did their annual partial birth dance the other day, too.) In this climate of almost reflexive patriotism, this is an amendment that just might pass. How sad that a country founded on liberty finds itself in the position where the burning or desecration of the symbol of liberty should become a crime.


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