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Courts Say Protestors Can Disrespect The Flag, But You Don’t Need a Court Order To Salute The ‘Grand Old Flag,’ says AMAC

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WASHINGTON, DC, June 14 – On this day in 1777 the second Continental Congress adopted a resolution.  It decreed, “That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, whiten a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

The resolution was introduced by John Adams who later became the second president of the United States.

“Particularly in rural America, citizens make special efforts to pay tribute to the flag in a proper manner.  But, in recent years we’ve seen a growing lack of interest in the Stars and Stripes.  In fact, protestors have often shown their outright disrespect for the flag — even trampling on it and burning it for spurious political reasons.  It’s sad but they have the right to do that.  The Supreme Court upheld that right in a landmark First Amendment decision on June 21, 1989,” according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].

Weber explained that the Supreme Court decision focused on the case of Gregory Lee Johnson, an unabashed Communist, who burned an American flag to protest expressions of patriotism during a demonstration at the1984 Republican National Convention.

Associate Justice William Brennan described the incident in his opinion this way: “The demonstration ended in front of Dallas City Hall, where Johnson unfurled the American flag, doused it with kerosene, and set it on fire. While the flag burned, the protestors chanted, ‘America, the red, white, and blue, we spit on you’.”

Whether it is legal or illegal to burn the flag, the majority of Americans still salute the ‘Grand Old Flag,” as George M. Cohan put it in his patriotic marching song in 1906.  Among them, according to Weber, is Representative Brad Wenstrup of Ohio’s 2nd congressional district.  Weber cites Wenstrup’s Opinion Article, published in the Daily Signal for Flag Day 2018.

In that article, Wenstrup revealed that he wrote his own ode to Old Glory, a poetic hymn of praise that hangs in his office.  It’s a poem worth noting:

Today, as we pledge our loyalty to this flag,

Think about what she has stood for, think about where she has been.

From the home of Betsy Ross, to the streets of Concord, to the fields of Gettysburg.

From the rocks of Iwo Jima, to the Tundra of Korea, to the jungles of Vietnam,

And the deserts of the Middle East.

She has stood in your front yards, and she has stood on the moon.
She has been sadly placed over coffins, and proudly raised at the Olympics.

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The Truth Will Set You Free!
2 years ago

My main question is this. Can we disrespect the protestors who disrespect the flag?

Roy
2 years ago

As a Vietnam Veteran, I will never disrespect our flag. If someone did do something to disrespect the American Flag in front of me, I am afraid that this old Veteran would end up being very physical with that person and probably use some of the skills I have learned over the years on them.

Rita Carol
2 years ago

Put yourhHat in your left hand with your right hand over your heart to honor the flag, National Anthem and veterans.

Edgar Byrd
2 years ago

ANY ONE WHO USES THE FLAG IN A DISRESPECTFUL MANNER AND DECLARES THAT THEY HATE AMERICA SHOULD BE DEPORTED TO A COUNTRY THEY CAN LOVE. OR, TO THE COUNTRY THEY ARE CITIZENS OF! OUR FLAG DOES REPRESENT THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD! THE LEFT COMMUNISTIC RADICAL DEMOCRATS HATE ALL THAT IS GOOD IN AMERICA AND THE FLAG IS THE FIRST SHOW OF DISRESPECT OF THE USA.

Jerry
2 years ago

4 USC §1 seq. more commonly referred to as the “Flag Code” spells it all out from proper handling to retiring after being worn out…the only problem is that it always uses the word “should” instead of “shall”, which gives the impression that it is not mandatory…if Congress would amend the law to replace “should” with “shall”, I wonder if the Supreme Court decision would be upheld…and wouldn’t that make it a felony or at least a misdemeanor if anyone were to disrespect the flag…

The Trump Supporter
2 years ago

First offense: $5,000 or 6 months in jail.
Repeat offence: no longer allowed in USA drop them off in communist country, or middle of a desert.

Jerry
2 years ago

Okay, it has been said that people can “disrespect” our flag. Q. can you do this other countries? A. I do not know.

Setting fire to our flag is a dangerous act: someone can be burned (hopefully the flag burner); fire may spread to include buildings inhabited by people (adults and children) and pets. How about the damage and loss assumed by the property owner. I think burning the flag is a dangerous proposition and should not be allowed!!

CHARLES M SEVER
2 years ago

Weber explained that the Supreme Court decision focused on the case of Gregory Lee Johnson, an unabashed Communist, who burned an American flag to protest expressions of patriotism during a demonstration at the1984 Republican National Convention. I believe the the Supreme Court had thier head up thier rears, to have a communist dectate to us that a communist has a right to burn our FLAG, when he should have been shot right on the spot. The Supreme Court should take another look at this and reverse themselves and make this mistake go away. I sure hope they go against the abortion and plan parenthood to do away with Roe V Wade.

Annie Sonner
2 years ago

Don’t physically abuse it in any way. It represents our Freedom and those who fought for it. If someone hates this symbol that much. Something is very wrong in their life.

John R
2 years ago

The proper way to retire an old and worn American flag is by burning it.
However, those burning an American flag in disrespect, should be charged
with inciting a riot, disregard of public safety- endangerment, public nuisance,
etc. Maybe the local FD can bring in the hoses and spray the commies down.

Sarah L Godbold
2 years ago

Obama made it legal to burn Old Glory.

Reuben
2 years ago

75+ years ago, I stood in a school behind barbed wires (in the United States of America) surrounded by guard towers at all four corners while colors were being rendered and the National Anthem being broadcast over the open air in our “camp.” Following colors, we all remained standing at our desks and recited the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a short prayer (a daily rendering of respect to our God and Nation) than and only than would our daily routine begin. Having spent 42 years in the Military since, I feel it a disgrace to God and Country for the ways our “intelligent parents” since have trained and raised their “KIDS (animals)!” Why is it necessary to have discussions of nature? A real sad state of this “World, eh?”

Juniper
2 years ago

Kevin, is that something they can do now, because of the mailboxes? I agree with Frank. People can disrespect anybody and anything without laying a hand on them.

Republican
2 years ago

The court is giving the okay to be able to disrespect our flag? When the hell has it become “okay” to disrespect old glory ?. The flag is not supposed to touch anything below it including the ground or water and when it does, it is to be burned!
U.S. code ♾ 8 – states “No disrespect should be given to the flag of the United States” ‼️
There are 11 paragraphs of instruction?????

Republican
2 years ago

The court is giving the okay to be able to disrespect our flag? When has it become “okay” to disrespect old glory ?. The flag is not supposed to touch the ground and when it is stained, tarnished or dilapidated, it is to be burned!
US code ♾ 8 states no disrespect should be given to the flag of the United States ‼️
There are 11 paragraphs of instruction ???

Vietnam Veteran
2 years ago

The leftist protesters who hate America are simply two-legged vermin. The leftist TEACHERS in our high schools, colleges and universities are lower than vermin.

DanM
2 years ago

People burning our flag in protest are just really ignorant, ungrateful, and hateful They know nothing about our proud history and the freedom we stand for. Sad to say they sound like many of todays democrats. God forbid by some twist of fate, they get back in control.

Ezzie
2 years ago

Maybe we should start treating the rainbow flag, the antifa flag and pink kitty hats in a like manner? Then maybe some gross misdemeanor law might finally get instituted by the progressive socialists to prevent damage. But I’m sure they’ll leave out Old Glory.

Eunice Haldorsen
2 years ago

I just attended a High School Graduation. I was grief stricken by the number of people who did not put their hand over their heart &/or take caps off. This was originlly a Scandinavia settlement but has been heavily infiltrated by those “undocumented” from south of United States.
The “respect of the pledge and anthem” action shows the difference between those grateful and those … I was born in the 40’s on the Southern border of California. Too many people, South of California, were ungrateful even back in the ’50’s and 60’s. So much different than those of us who came from Europe in 1600’s to today.
Respect is earned and Trump is the best President since WWII to propagrate the concept of respect. Disrespect was breed during Obamas’ eight years. Other Presidents’ didn’t promote disrespect; BUT neither did they foster the real love of the “Good Ole’ USA”. I hope it’s not too late, but i fear it is, to change the ‘tide’.

Gary Massey
2 years ago

I no longer watch NFL games because of player disrespect of the National Anthem and I refuse to watch any news broadcast that shows such actions against our flag! Semper Fi!!!

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