Flag Burning Amendment - not a good idea
While I don't like to see an American flag burned, I don't
think we need a Constitutional Amendment outlawing it.
The Courts have upheld flag burning as free speech for
years, and I see no reason for that to change. It has
been upheld as political expression. I find it really
irritating, but, it is expression in my view.
It's an issue that both parties have brought up before
over the past decades. Both parties tend to support
the concept. But, it usually fails in the Congress, as
it should this time as well.
It last came up in 2000, and even Democrats like
Max Cleland supported the amendment idea. It fell
short of the necessary 67 votes. It likely will again.
Amending the constitution is supposed to be hard and
difficult, and it is. It has been amended for the right
to vote for women, blacks, and ending slavery, among
other things. Amending it over history has created
some magnificent things for this nation. So, the idea
we can never amend the constitution is wrong. But, the
idea that we need it for every single infraction or ugly
act is also wrong.
Burning a flag is disgusting to me.
But, is it necessary to have a flag burning amendment?