The First Amendment is one of the hallmarks of the U.S. Constitution. Americans ought to have the legal right to express themselves and their grievances against the government. This right is fundamental, and the government ought to protect it.
Burning the American flag is a protected right under the First Amendment. Those who burn it have every legal right to do so. However, burning a prominent symbol of American prosperity and greatness is unnecessarily provocative and unhelpful in gaining sympathy for the protestors. Furthermore, it is insulting and demeaning to the tens of millions of American veterans and current service members. Moreover, it leads many to draw conclusions (fairly or unfairly) about those who burn the flag – namely, that the flag-burners hate America and all it stands for.
Not surprisingly, the thugs from the Oakland Occupy movement burned the American flag before they broke into Oakland’s City Hall, as if to underscore whom they truly represent – listless anarchists.
After all, why else would one burn an American flag?
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