Entry for June 27, 2006

The photo is from CNN. 

The Supreme Court ruled  in 1989 and 1990 that burning and other desecrations of the flag are protected as free speech by the First Amendment to the Constitution.  Congress’s response:  amend the constitution.   66 senators voted in favor of Orin Hatch’s (R-UT) Senate Joint Resolution 12.  One more and the measure would have passed.  (I’ll post a link to the vote, as soon as it’s available from Thomas, the Library of Congress’s information service.

The House version was sponsored by that “patriot,” the now-imprisoned Randy “Duke Cunningham (R-CA), who you may remember resigned in tears  November 28, 2005, after he was plead guilty to  taking bribes from defense contractors.   That measure passed by a vote of 286 to 130 June 22, 205.

 Is this pandering?  I think so and so did  today’s  editorial  for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal.

When was the last time you saw someone burn a flag in this country? Yes, a rarity. And, by the way, what constitutes desecration of a flag?…It would have been more reassuring had more senators recognized that wrapping yourself in the flag for partisan reasons might be desecration, too. 

 Daniel Inouye, (D-HI)i,  who lost an arm in WWII and  receuved  the Medal of Honor had this to say,

While I take offense at disrespect to the flag, I nonetheless believe it is my continued duty as a veteran, as an American citizen, and as a United States senator to defend the constitutional right of protesters to use the flag in nonviolent speech.

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