Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Good use of their time

The Senate has been making excellent use of their time this week.

The Citizens Flag Alliance has been pushing the Senate to pass a flag-burning amendment to the Constitution. Why, because they reported an “alarming” increase of 33% this past year.

That’s a 33% increase in the number of flag-desecration incidents this year.. startling isn’t it?

Should we mention that the 33% increase means that the number of flag-burning incidents went from three… to four. The horror… the absolute, sheer horror of it all.

From three… to four. It’s mind-boggling, isn’t it?? A rash of flag-burning like this should be extinguished (pun intended) right away.

Thank God we have the US Senate to protect us from this evil. I mean, with all the things going on in our country and the world right now, our Senate is taking up a fight that is so vital to our nation that I have trouble recalling any other fight that was as essential to our nation’s sovereignty as this.

If you couldn’t tell… I’m being sarcastic!!!!

This is a ridiculously insignificant action by our nation’s politicians, especially when compared to everything else we have going on in this world; terrorism, war, national security, the economy, healthcare, social security, ethics (or lack thereof)… so let’s concentrate on the burning and desecration of our nation’s flag.

Now don’t get me wrong… I love the flag and am eternally grateful and thankful to all the men and women who have given their lives for it and do not think it should be burned for any reason.

Having said that, these men and women also gave their lives for the core beliefs of this country, one of which is the freedom of speech and expression which is a belief that allows one to express their attitudes, negative or positive, about the country, its government, and its politics.

That’s one of (many) things that make this country so damn great (current presidential administration being ignored for this argument)

Let’s shelve the election-year ploys and concentrate on the things that matter.

By the way, the resolution to amend the Constitution to prohibit desecrating the flag has failed.


Granted, it was only by one vote, but it still failed.

The world may resume spinning.

1 comment:

Kate said...

I think burning flags is a bit infantile myself, and I'm about as liberal as you can get, but I also feel that if someone wants to burn the flag they should be able to. That's what free speech is all about. Besides, like you say, flag burning is hardly an epidemic and we have more pressing matters at hand.