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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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Frank Malquist

I believe the flag should be given the same protected status as a mailbox. When you set up a mailbox, it becomes the property of the US Government and damaging one becomes a federal offense. If the flag remained the property of the government, then desecrating it would be a federal offense and a person could be prosecuted for damaging government property.

Rosanna

Maybe these people should be exiled to a Communist nation and then see how they like living there.

Barbara

Should be against the law and anyone caught burning the flag or not standing with hand over heart while national anthem being played should be thrown out this country, go back to where you think your country is so good and see if they put up with that lack of disrespect. If u don’t like this country get out! Simple!

Brian Adair

I firmly believe in the Constitution and especially the 1A. With that said it should also be the right to display or fly the American Flag , where and when you want to. No homeowners association rules, school district rules, state or local rules should prohibit you from flying or displaying it.

Drue

As much as I hate to see anyone treating our flag with disrespect, it is their right to do so. I’m not sure how I would react to an idiot doing that in front of me. Hope that time never comes. My flag flies every day from the porch of my home. I am proud to be an American and a Veteran. Enough said.

CountryBoy

The America HATING Left need to LEAVE this country……. Maybe they should move to Venezuela of Cuba…

Patrick

I find it strange that local ordinances can’t stop this practice of burning the flag. There has to be ordinance’s against unsafe, open burning. Douse the fire and arrest and fine them for that.

C. Reed Carr

Allowing freedom of speech provides for stupid people to do stupid things, that doesn’t make it right,

Mimi

Many in my family, and many of my friends gave their lives in service to our flag and country. My granddaughter will be leaving in September for Navy boot camp, to begin her service to our country. She graduated high school last week. She and countless others love this country and are willing to give their lives in service. If you live here and hate this country use the many freedoms given to you, move to a socialist or communist country, if they will have you!! We will support your decision to leave 100%. Freedom gives you choices, USE THEM, go and live in a system more to your liking.
Whenever I hear our national anthem it brings tears to my eyes as I remember those I know who gave their lives for our country and flag.

Susan Fullerton

In honor of all those incredibly brave men, who thought our freedom was worth sacrificing their lives for, and let their bodies pile up to hold it erect so the British ship would leave at dawn, we All Forever owe Old Glory, and what it stands for our respect, and undying gratitude that we live in a Free country!

S Masten

How come a protester has the right to desecrate our flag but a patriotic citizen doesn’t have the same right to fly it? Or a student to where it on his shirt to school?

Herman L Acker

If you do not like the Flag you must not believe in the U S A . so just leave we have served to protect it and the U S A..

Paula A. Price

Why isn’t burning the flag a hate crime?

Ed Curtis

Can anyone even fathom what would happen if a group of American Citizens were to disrespect another nation’s flag(s) in this country in public? There would be an immediate outburst by the Democratic Party condemning this outrageous conduct and blaming, or at least trying to blame those acts on Republicans. Then we would have another $30,000,000 worth of investigations take place to make sure Trump didn’t collude with the Russians and plan it all from the White House. in it. BUT, it is perfectly OK for dissidents, liberals , et al to do just that in this country and others because those acts just prove to the left that the rest of us are wrong. My son-in-law, grandson and myself wear illustrated T-shirts that came out in response the ludicrous demonstration two years ago on the NFL football games. The shirts read “STAND FOR THE FLAG” and kneel FOR THE… Read more »

Larry a Taylor

i dont know why it is legal to disrespect the flag or burn it but can go to prison for having an eagle feather? something is not right about this!!!!!!!! they both are symbols of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND SHOULD BE RESPECTED!

Murph.

Isn’t it amazing that people have died for this flag so that the ingrates have the freedom to desecrate it?

Jack

Yes it is your right to burn the flag but do not whine if some other American takes offense at your actions and knocks your teeth out for doing just that!

Diana Collins

Disrespect thing the American flag is extremely unAmerican. I realize we have the right to free speech but when you spit on the flag of the proud country that gave you that right, there should be consequences of some nature.

Justis

Freedom of speech is not freedom to desecrate the flag, judges who give freedom to desecrate the flag should be thrown off the bench.

Philip Rensen

I don’t believe “whiten” is today or was in 1775 an actual word. I expect better from AMAC. See your first paragraph. Members of the continental congress were serious men and patriots. If you wish to honor them, at least proof read your own text before putting it out to the world.