Monday, June 26, 2006

The Lighter side of Flag Burning

Photo courtesy of http://www.claybennett.com/pages/flag_desecration.html

Ok - this is a "hot" topic of the moment in the United States. The US government is proposing a constitutional amendment to make it illegal to burn the United States flag. At the center of this "burning" issue is whether or not flag burning falls under the right of free speech.

Personally, I am not sure why this is currently such a hot topic and deserves more attention than lets say, the environment, poverty, AIDS, reliance on oil, etc. Does this issue really matter to the now close to 300 million americans living in this country? To take a phrase from Billy Joel - "We didnt start the fire". I would bet that the reason why this issue has hit home lately, is because outside the US, flag burning is a common form of expression against democracy, and against countries that depicted a certain "prophet" in a form that is sacreligious to a certain religion. When the media splashes pictures and video feeds of flag burning in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and other countries outside of the US, people take personal offense and making it illegal is the only way to counter these acts.

Or just maybe the elders in the Senate and the House are having their "elderly moments"
- see http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/06/26/senior.moments.ap/index.html.

In my humble opinion, we have lost focus. I dont deny that this is an important issue and I am not taking sides but honestly, why are we wasting time and money on an issue that does not physically effect us and not on the issues that do? Is this really the "R" Factor in our life?

Your thoughts?

1 Comments:

At 11:12 AM, Blogger utenzi said...

The only reason people burn the flag is to get attention. Making it illegal will only get flag burners more attention. Just ignore the protestors and they'll find some other way to piss us off. LOL But at least it won't be by way of burning the flag.

 

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