What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
He raises some excellent points. Critics of the amendment argue that it is free speech, and it is. However, our laws put constrictive limitations upon “free speech”, such as sexual harassment and racial slurs. So why shouldn’t we put a similar limitation upon the burning of our Flag, a national symbol of freedom and independence?
To those who don’t wish to pledge allegiance to our Flag or protect it from vitriolic acts of burning and similar desecration, I ask you: why are you in America? Why do you treat America’s symbols with such disregard and contempt? You are granted certain freedoms in this country, and you have every right to disagree with the government’s laws, policies, and issues. But those freedoms are provided to you because of the sacrifice and service of those who have given their all to defending our Flag. I call upon you to show reverence and respect for the symbols of our free nation.