Thursday, June 23, 2005

Flag Burning Amendment

The House of Representatives approved the flag burning amendment yesterday. I don't really have too many strong feelings about this. It was probably just a little show of patriotism for the homefolks, although about 130 representatives declined the opportunity and voted "NAY." The exercise of burning a US flag in protest of...well...whatever is a favorite pastime of the fringes of political action.

Personally, I think that everytime a flag gets burnt and it is publicized, the extremists move a little further from their goal, whatever that might be. Americans don't like to see our flag desecrated and tend to turn away from those doing the desecrating. It might be best for the broad mainstream if the desecration was allowed to continue.

And it probably will be. As I understand it, the Senate vote will fall two votes shy of approval. Even if the Senate approves the measure, the individual states have to ratify it by, I believe, a two thirds majority. I think they have two years after the amendment's presentation to them to ratify or the amendment dies.

All in all, I don't think this is a hugely pressing issue of the day.

Linked to: No More Mister Nice Guy - Yeah, that cross burning thing crossed my mind, too (heh heh), Happy Furry Puppy etc., , Arthur Chrenkoff, Joe Gandelman, The All Spin Zone, Joust the Facts, UnCorrelated - with excellent punctuation, Common Sense Desk - clowns is a good description and not just on this issue, Centerfield, Damian Penny, Les Enfants Terrible, Politburo Diktat, Attaturk - attaboy, blow it up, don't just burn it, Seeing the Forest, Eschaton - with an interesting thought, Here's What's Left, News Hounds, cdr salamander, Rhetoric and Rythym, Unfogged, Now More Than Ever, Ravenswood Universe, Hoffmania, Scratchings, Liberty Street, The Captain, The Brainster, Right Wing Nut House, Thoughtsonline, Thought Mesh, Danny Carlton - with lots of fact and fiction, Of the Mind, The Fargus Report, LyfLines, Secure Liberty, Fraternitas Vitae, Combs Spouts Off, Baldilocks, No Pundit Intended, The Anchoress, Owlish Mutterings, Proud to Be Canadian, Trevor Bothwell, Whatever - with unofficial flag disply, Shot in the Dark, The Sideshow, Secular Blasphemy, Daly Thoughts, PoliBlogger, Balloon Juice - with some other general stupidity, Outside the Beltway, GOP and the City, INDC Journal, MiniPundit, Catch, The Finkfile, Scrutiny Hooligans, Cathouse Chat, Jason Buckley, Eponymous, Musafir's Musings, Wills4223, File It Under, The Boiling Point, Coyote's Blog, A Stitch In Haste, The Red Voice, The Phnom Pen,

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