Thursday, June 23, 2005

Dear Readers

I have been away for a few days preparing for and participating in a three day jury trial. It's over (and I won). My brain feels a bit addled right now, but I am sure I'll have something to write soon.

In the meantime, I cannot believe that this issue has surfaced again. What an obvious appeal to mindless, kneejerk patriotism, but what can say? It works. It's amazing though when there are dozens of important issues and dare I say impending crises that beg for discussion, yet we're still playing around with a flag burning amendment. Nevermind that the flag is merely a symbol of the freedom of speech guaranteed in the constitution. Why change the actual core values of our freedom just to protect a symbol?

Newsview: GOP Using Flag-Burning Issue

WASHINGTON - Symbols are everything in politics. They can get you elected — or defeated. That's why Democrats fear getting singed by a proposed flag-burning ban, forced into a vote that Republicans will cast as a test of patriotism.

Yahoo News


Blogger torporific said...

Our own legislature has chimed in...

June 23, 2005  
Blogger Jim said...

It's so typical that when there are a legion of much more pressing and substantive issues to deal with, Congress is focused on something like this. Next thing that you know, we'll have a constitutional amendment requiring every school child to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

June 25, 2005  
Blogger torporific said...

Yes, it's coming. What did you Huey Long say? Something like, if fascism ever comes to the United States, it will be wrapped in the flag.

June 26, 2005  

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