I’ve never burned an American flag (or even entertained the thought) before, but if a majority of our senators get their way, I mayon their asses and burn one in an act of defiance. :
A constitutional amendment to ban flag desecration is headed toward its best chance of passage in 15 years with a cliffhanger vote later this week in the Senate.
As debate opened Monday, supporters and opponents alike said the amendment is within two votes of being sent to the states for ratification. Supporters called the debate a week before Independence Day a chance for the Congress to salute veterans.
“I think of the flag as a symbol of what the veterans fought for, what they sustained wounds for, what they sustained loss of limbs for, and what they sustained loss of life for,” said Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa.
Certainly Specter is smart enough to know that most veterans also value the protection of our constitutional rights, especially the right to be able to protest the actions of our government. If this proposed amendment gets a two-thirds vote in the Senate, it goes to the states for ratification. If ratified, it will bite yet another chunk out of the First Amendment.
Update by Stephen VanDyke: The Senate came just one vote short, leaving the right to burn the flag safely in the realm of allowable public dissent. (via )