Flag Burning A Crime Against America Essay

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Flag Burning A Crime Against America



Flag Burning: A Crime Against America?

Flag burning can be and usually is a very controversial issue with people. Many people
believe that the American flag stands for something important and shouldnít be destroyed
in that manner. Others believe that flag burning is a statement that one should be able to
make without major repercussions. Both sides have valid opinions and both sides state
their case well. Although I am neither nor or against the burning of the flag, I believe
the right should not be taken away. I believe that if a group of people have valid reasons
and a valid point to make by obliterating a flag in such a way, they should have the right
to do it.

The people who are against flag burning seem to generally be those who have served this
country through war and through other such ways. They are older people who believe that
this country is quite wonderful if not almost perfect. They have a strong sense of
patriotism to this country and would die for what it stands for: liberty and freedom. They
could compare it to the burning of crosses in front of a church or to the way the Nazis
turned a very beautiful symbol into a racial and religious hate badge for murderers.
Disrespect for tradition is what it boils down to. From a young age we are conditioned to
blindly respect that flag hanging from a pole and to pledge out allegiance to it without
even knowing what it truly is. It has been tradition for at least three generations.
People who have been prisoners of war or people who fought for this country have a reason
to respect it so much. The have fought long and hard for what we have and respect it. Some
of our generation doesnít realize how lucky we have it.

A child of this generation could debate how good and pure and wonderful this country is
and could show you how we have had our liberty and freedom taken away to the point that we
really donít have any. True, we have had our freedom limited a bit, but that is only for
the protection of ourselves from one another and from the government. As far as flag
burning goes, people of this generation and other generations, have a right to show how
they feel about whatís going on in this country. They feel that this county is doing
something wrong and that is how they choose to express their grievance. The first
amendment to the Constitution states that "Congress should make no law. . .abridging the
freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and
to petition the government for a redress of grievances." So according to that document, we
have the right to get together peacefully and petition or rally or group together to try
to get the government to listen. Sometimes it takes as much as burning a flag to get the
attention of those in the White House and in Congress. As long as they arenít hurting
anyone and it is a peaceful act, they are guaranteed the constitutional right to do that.

Here is where it gets tricky and where my opinion come into it. I believe that as long as
you arenít hurting anyone else and as long as you have valid reasons for doing such a
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