What's Your Understanding Of The Act Of Burning The Flag?

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  1. MarcATL
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    I don't think that RWers and LWers view it the same at all.

    You RWers tend to take it ultra-personally, as if someone's burning down your abode or something.

    So I'd like to get some feedback as to what you think it is, both sides actually.

    Something tells me that the reasons will differ quite substantially based on ideology.
     
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    If a democrat does it it is freedom of speech, if a republican does it it is vile and extremist to the inth degree.
     
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    It's legal, unfortunately.... protected under free speech

    I have served my country with honor... and buried come close friends with the flag on their coffins... and I think that anyone who desecrates the flag is a despicable piece of shit....
     
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    The flag, to me, is a symbol of unity. I live in a land where we all have many different ideologies and agendae. We all have different priorities. We all have different goals. We all have different peeves. We have different ancestors, we have different nationalities of origin.

    We all have one thing in common. The flag. It is a sign of unity.

    I am one that believes in compromise. I am a conservative but who the hell ever said all must live as I do? That is not a conservative value (ironically). Freedom to be who you are is a conservative value.

    But in the end, whether we are moderate, liberal or consertvaitve, the flag stands alone as a uniter. It should never be treated with a lack of respect. Its all we got.

    Best I got Marc. From my heart. Have fun with it.
     
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    I assume you are talking about the stars and stripes, the venerated flag of the U.S. As a fellow who was a righty and is now much more libertarian here are my view(s) on this subject. They apply to a number of other subjects as well.

    There are 50 state legislatures out there who are quite capable in dealing with this issue, it does not need a single national answer created in Congress. Nor do they need an single national answer imposed on them by the SCOTUS.

    Every state has laws dealing with destroying the property belonging to another and there is no reason that they cannot be applied to burning a flag when it belongs to somebody other than the actor.

    If some fool wants to lay down the money to buy one, and then torch it, it is his money, his loss.

    If a state were to make it a citation (ticketable) offense to stomp the dogshit out of somebody who burns a flag, well, that should be up to that state's legislature. Should the state legislature also limit the civil damages for stomping a mudhole in somebody's ass when they burn a flag, well that would be up to them as well.
     
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    Respect Jarhead.
     
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    Thank you Marc.
    What I criticized in a different post? Goes both ways.
    Regards.
     
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    Simple. Freedom of expression.
     
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    But what if it's a Chinese made American flag?
     

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