Wednesday, June 29, 2005

If you can't stand the heat of your burning flag, get out of the superpower business...

Cox & Forkum Editorial Cartoons

I find the desecration of our flag very offensive! It ignites angry and hostile feelings in me to see Old Glory go up in flames. While I am burning with moral indignation, the amendment I would really like to see passed is one that allows us to set fire to the punks that burn our flag. But, I expect cooler heads to prevail in Congress... why I would expect that is symptomatic of a childish optimism I can't seem to outgrow.

The courts have already desecrated our Constitution horribly in the name of 'not offending anyone' (except white Christian males of course) and we don't need Congress adding their own damage. We can detest and protest (as long and loud as we please) about how our Constitutional liberties and freedoms are used and abused by flag-burners, protestors at soldiers funerals, and their ilk... but to remove or limit any of those freedoms only puts another win in the Anti-American column.

We have already headed down a slippery slope by allowing the left to manipulate and deform our Constitution, through the courts, in order to achieve their social agenda. Those on the right do not need to do the same, albeit, openly with an amendment instead of using sleight of hand tactics such as changing "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" to Separation of Church and State.

I like what MARK STEYN has to say on the issue in the Chicago Sun Times: (emphasis are mine)

"... complaints of ''desecration'' of the Quran by US guards at Guantanamo [That] alone is a perfectly good reason to object to a law forbidding the "desecration" of the flag. For my own part, I believe that, if someone wishes to burn a flag, he should be free to do so. In the same way, if Democrat senators want to make speeches comparing the U.S. military to Nazis and the Khmer Rouge, they should be free to do so. It's always useful to know what people really believe..."

"One of the big lessons of these last four years is that many, many beneficiaries of Western civilization loathe that civilization -- and the media are generally inclined to blur the extent of that loathing. At last year's Democratic Convention, when the Oscar-winning crockumentarian Michael Moore was given the seat of honor in the presidential box next to Jimmy Carter, I wonder how many TV viewers knew that the terrorist ''insurgents'' -- the guys who kidnap and murder aid workers, hack the heads off foreigners, load downs syndrome youths up with explosives and send them off to detonate in shopping markets -- are regarded by Moore as Iraq's Minutemen. I wonder how many viewers knew that on Sept. 11 itself Moore's only gripe was that the terrorists had targeted New York and Washington instead of Texas or Mississippi"

"One thing I've learned in the last four years is that it's very difficult to talk honestly about the issues that confront us. A brave and outspoken journalist, Oriana Fallaci, is currently being prosecuted for ''vilification of religion,'' which is a crime in Italy; a Christian pastor has been ordered by an Australian court to apologize for his comments on Islam. In the European Union, ''xenophobia'' is against the law. A flag-burning amendment is the American equivalent of the rest of the West's ever more coercive constraints on free expression."

"Banning flag desecration flatters the desecrators and suggests that the flag of this great republic is a wee delicate bloom that has to be protected. It's not. It gets burned because it's strong. I'm a Canadian and one day, during the Kosovo war, I switched on the TV and there were some fellows jumping up and down in Belgrade burning the Stars and Stripes and the Union Jack. Big deal, seen it a million times. But then to my astonishment, some of those excitable Serbs produced a Maple Leaf from somewhere and started torching that. Don't ask me why... I've never been so proud to be Canadian in years. I turned the sound up to see if they were yelling ''Death to the Little Satan!'' But you can't have everything."

"It's the left that believes the state can regulate everyone into thought-compliance. The right should understand that the battle of ideas is won out in the open."

You have a right to your own opinions - You do not have a right to your own facts!