OK folks, its being insinuated that I am not putting enough content on this here blog o' mine! I agree. Since a blog should reflect the person who posts it, this one should be full of commentary on societal, national and international issues. Here's what I need from you folks: ideas. Whats on your mind? Post it in the comments and I'll try to write something on the issue that makes sense. You all can then disagree at length and maybe we'll all come up with something substantial.
Tonight's subject? Flag burning! (sound like fun?) More specifically, should the US Constitution be amended to make Flag Burning a crime? This is a topic that provokes a lot of emotional reactions from folks, but I submit that this subject, or any consideration of constitutional amending, must be examined dispassionately. Let me tell you right up front that I am very patriotic. I Love the USA and the Flag that symbolizes it. I get angry whenever Americans mistreat the Flag be it due to ignorance or indifference. I know when it is supposed to be lowered, how to lower and fold it and how to properly dispose of a damaged one. I have a deep love for all who put on the uniform of its Nation and risk great sacrifices in its name. It angers me when someone burns it to make a statement.
But that's what it is. A statement, political in nature. And completely protected by the Bill of Rights. Didn't our military personnel who have sacrificed so much, sacrifice for the ideal of America and the Flag that it represents? Is our national identity so fragile that we are threatened by this act? I hope not. Our strength lies in our freedom, freedom like the ability to write on blogs or in newspapers on whatever we choose. Someone is going to tell me that you can't yell Fire! in a crowded theater. Inciting a panic isn't political speech. So for all of you amendment endorsers out there, whats next? Natalie Maines was castigated for the statement she made in London while we were at war. I didn't agree with it and I felt it was in poor taste under the circumstances, but I certainly wasn't against her right to say it. Should we make it a crime to express unsupportive thoughts about the Commander-in-Chief in wartime?
You can't love the flag and stand against what it truly symbolizes. I love it and stand ready to defend the Nation that it represents. And the driving principle behind its birth. God Bless America!
Your comments are welcomed both pro and con, along with suggestions on the next topic. All comments posted are available to anyone and may be reprinted. Make it interesting!