Flag Burning … An Act Of Ignorance

Some of you have heard me talk about flag burning, and the inherent patheticism that is the standard trait for a flag burner.  I have absolutely no respect for one who takes flame to my beloved Ol’ Glory in protest of the actions of men.  Ol’ Glory didn’t do anything to you.  She doesn’t stand for anything worthy of protest.  She’s a symbol of the nation, it’s people, and it’s history.

So why then do these pathetic turds insist upon burning her?  Ignorance?  The disdain for liberty, freedom and history?

If you are confused … it’s because you’re dumb.

If anyone is interested, look up the flag code.  It used to be law, but is no longer enforceable.

Burning the flag is NOT illegal in and of itself anymore … lighting a fire in public without a permit is.  If I can’t go out in public and burn a book … why is it that I can burn the flag?  Typically US law will allow normally banned practices to be carried out publicly without punishment so long as there is a political message; thereby creating a free speech protection.  This practice, however, isn’t standard.  One must often battle local authorities for an extended period of time, and earn a court ruling in there favor to engage in such activity without legal repercussion.  There are almost always permit issues to consider in carrying out these acts.

Getting across a harmless political message, and potentially injuring or killing people by lighting a fire are two very different things.  I’ve looked … and lighting fires without a permit and/or firefighter supervision is always going to get you into trouble … unless it’s the US flag.  Clearly there is hypocrisy in allowing the public burning of the US flag without a special permit to do so, and the ban on any other public burning.

You should be burning the flag, or symbol, that represents the branch of government you oppose … with a public burning permit, of course.  You shouldn’t burn the symbol of your guaranteed rights.   Technically, if you burn the flag in protest, you are protesting your very right to protest.

Our flag is a symbol of the nation, and its people, not its government.  There is no symbol, color, or pattern on Ol’ Glory that stands for the Executive, Legislative, or Judicial branch of government.

  • The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 states.
  • The 13 stripes represent the 13 original colonies.
  • The blue canton of the flag represents the union.

If you take the flag literally, why would you burn the 13 original colonies, all 50 states, and the union of the nation if you don’t like the president?

In terms of the symbolism of the design itself, a book about the flag published by the Congress in 1977 states:

“The star is a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial; the stripe is symbolic of the rays of light emanating from the sun.”[1] George Washington is credited for saying: “We take the stars from Heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing Liberty.”

Many people also take the red and white to stand for the blood of those who gave their lives for freedom, and the presumed purity of the freedom ideal, respectively.

If you take the flag to mean any of the afore mentioned items, why would you burn the heavens, rays of light emanating from the sun, the symbol that we separated from England, Liberty, the blood of those who gave their lives for freedom, and the purity of the freedom ideal?

If your head is spinning trying to argue against this … again, you’re dumb.

For crying out loud, you say you should be able to burn the flag for freedom and Liberty, but the flag represents those very ideals.  You are burning, and protesting, freedom and Liberty when you burn the flag. You are NOT supporting it.

Motherly wisdom taught us … ok, most of us … well, some of us at least … that just because you can do something it doesn’t mean you should.

Only the enemies of the united states burn the flag.  Patriots will never take flame to the Stars and Stripes.  If you love the ideals of this nation, that the flag represents in its design, then there is no reason to burn it in protest.  The flag does not represent any branch of government, or any politician in that government.  It represents you, those who came before you, and the freedoms you are claiming while you protest.  Unless you hate the United States … burning the flag is, in fact, torching your rights and freedoms.

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Posted on June 7, 2010, in Casey's Philosophy, Censorship and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Flag Burning … An Act Of Ignorance.

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