posted on Sep, 10 2005 @ 12:29 AM
Glad to see ATS has a discussion on this topic. I heard them mention it on TV
a few weeks ago and thought, "What? Again?"
The flag-burning amendment had its big heyday in the '80's, during Reagan's
Presidency, and it was my first experience of an issue being used as a smoke-
screen to keep people from looking at something big that was going down...in
this case, the beginnings of Iran-Contra. For the most part, it worked, too. I'm
not saying that it was the first such instance, just that it is the first one I remember, and of course, my memory only goes back so far. From then
every time conservatives have brought up the flag-burning amendment, as they
have several times over the years, I always wonder what it is they are trying to
divert our attention away from.
If anyone really wants to talk about flag desecration, I think we have seen more of it in the years since 9/11 than at any other time I am aware
ironically enough, much of it by the people who are supposedly its greatest
defenders! Bush and Co. have desecrated the flag more than anybody by their actions since getting into power. A lot of the patriotic tchoskes that
have been sold in the wake of 9/11 are actually disrespectful...I'm sure many
people, maybe including some of us, bought them thinking they were honoring America.
We're going to need an awfully big jail to hold all the flag desecrators...