Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Burn The Flag

OK, now that I've gotten your attention...

There was a great piece in Sunday's Salt Lake Tribune written by former Marine Sgt. Jaime Melquaides Logoria about the proposed constitutional amendment to ban flag burning.

Liberty was never meant to be easy. The First Amendment challenges us because it doesn't just protect the views of the majority, it also protects the voice of the minority. It is in tolerating forms of expression that most of us, for perfectly good reasons, disagree with that we preserve and promote democracy. I think it is a small price to pay for living in a nation built on such strong principles of freedom.
I love the flag, but I will not stand by while it is coddled at the expense of the freedoms it is meant to represent, the freedoms I served to protect. Freedom is simply too precious to throw away to admonish the actions of a handful of dissenters.

Plato's Cave has this to say:

Actual military veterans who oppose the cynical, useless and freedom-squashing constitutional amendment to ban flag-burning are more numerous than one might think, despite what folks like Sen. Orrin Hatch might tell you. To find more of them, read about the organization Veterans Defending the Bill of Rights.


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