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Friday, June 04, 2010

JOEL SWANSON: LOVING OUR FLAG

June 14th is Flag Day; and almost everywhere you look this week, especially this coming weekend, you will see the American Flag, “Old Glory”, “The Stars and Stripes”; whatever you call it, it is our flag, a symbol of America, a symbol of what is good and right and strong in our great country.

In 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that flag burning and other acts of desecration is Free Speech, and is therefore protected by the First Amendment of our Constitution. Congress immediately passed the Flag Protection Act of 1989; which the Supreme Court promptly ruled as unconstitutional.

Our flag is only a symbol we are told. So who cares if people in our own country, U.S. Citizens, who call themselves Americans, who enjoy all the rights and freedoms and benefits that flag represents; who cares if they burn it, spit on it, stomp on it, fly it upside down; who cares?  Well I do! And so do millions of other Americans, real Americans. We understand that our flag is just a symbol…a symbol that brings tears to our eyes, puts a lump in our throats and a pride and love of country in our hearts and our minds; the symbol of a country and a people who have kept tyranny and evil at bay for over 200 years.

But; let me ask you; IF flag burning and desecration is Free and Protected Speech, then why isn’t Flying the flag protected as well?  And wouldn’t that make flag burning an assault on that Free Speech?  The gleeful and giggling left-wing flag-burners tell us that an Amendment that protects our flag will destroy our Bill of Rights. What? How? If that is true, then why didn’t that happen during the 200 years in which we had the right to fly and protect “Old Glory”?

Where in our Constitution does it say that we must tolerate conduct which the majority finds to be evil or offensive? What has that toleration to do with freedom?  Why shouldn’t our laws reflect our values? Why should the outrageous act of a minority outweigh the will of the majority? Why should the courts instead of the people be able to amend the constitution?  The courts don’t own the Constitution. WE, The People, own the Constitution. It is our own, just like our Flag.

What are our laws if they are not morality in action?  And if our laws do not foster a love of country, of our neighbors, of our land, of our leaders, and promote service to others and to America, and respect to our flag, then how long will we, as a country, survive.

It is only a symbol; our flag, the stars and stripes, Old Glory; the red, white and blue; But it is our symbol. A symbol that thousands of brave men and women have fought and died for, proudly; and we, we, can do no less, than to respect and honor it, in their memory; as One nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.

God Bless our symbol, our flag and the nation for which it stands. God Bless the United States of America.

I’m Joel Swanson and that is my comment for today.

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