Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Flag Burning

So here's the deal.

What makes America great is that we have a diversity of views and, more importantly, that people are FREE to express those views. The principles upon which our nation are founded recognize that govenment does not GRANT freedom, it can only take it away.

I hate that people want to burn the flag and that they believe that is the best way to express their views. But at the same time, I believe that is their right, unless they are breaking local fire safety ordinances, endangering others, or impinging on others' rights.

A flag burning amendment is simply the wrong approach to this issue.

Like the gay marriage amendment, this is a bill that was pushed through congress in a transparent attempt at election year labeling. You will begin to hear it soon, "Not only is my opponent pro-gay, he is also for flag burning."

In any case, the whole point of this country is that you CAN burn the flag. Removing that right diminishes us.

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