Donald Trump throws out the idea of creating a constitutional measure to ban flag burning of the U.S. flag. Flag burning has been legal since the Supreme Court’s 1989 Texas v. Johnson
Sounds like a bad idea to me, anyone should have the right to protest the country they're in by symbolically burning a flag. Not an american so doesn't really matter to me but that sounds like a bad idea.
I'm calling out Trump on this too. Even if it's disgusting to do so, flag burning is protected by freedom of speech. Also...
And what about ceremonies that burn the flag respectfully like what the Eagle Scouts do? Would that be banned too?
I disagree, despite my disagreements with burning the American flag It is a act of expression therefore protected under the first amendment.
Burning our nation's flag is protected speech under the 1st Amendment. Natural rights are inalienable and are AFFIRMED by the Constitution, not granted by government. This is why idiots can burn the flag, while I'm cleaning my AR-15, secure in my possessions from government infringement.
Rights are not abridged simply because we don't like how they're used. It is precisely because individuals wish to deny such rights that they are enshrined in the Constitution, which many, including myself, have sworn to uphold and protect against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
Therefore, it is not only unpatriotic to suppress others' rights, for the sake of political expediency, but it is unconstitutional.
Sincerely, a four-tour combat veteran.
Wow this is the first time I see people disagreeing with Trump on this app.
As much as I admire and respect Trump as a person and president, I’m going to have to call him out on this.
Freedom of Speech is the keystone to why the West is Best. It allows for unpopular and controversial opinions to be spoken in public without fear of persecution or censorship.
Banning flag burning, while loathsome, ignorant and disrespectful, should not be banned. If we don’t stand for Freedom of Speech for speech we hate, then we don’t stand for it at all.
You cant pretend to be an arbiter of free speech yet limit the speech of anti-patriotism. One of the freedoms of this country we live in (or should I say one of the few left if the Democrats have anything to say about it) is that you have the right to live here and still speak freely about your politics and disdain for this country. We were founded on the rights to express such disapproval freely. You cant have true freedom of speech while limiting one side for controversy.
Bad move tbh, instead he should strengthen punishments on damage of private and state property, let the dimwitted burn the flags they buy, they are in their own right to do so, but vandalizing the streets should be punished harshly.
Flag burning promotes more US flag sales 👍
Nope. Sorry, Trump. No go on this one. Free speech is a natural right, even if you dont like it. That goes for you too Silicon Valley.
absolutely not, this is a travesty and goes against everything the first amendment stands for. bug tech already gets away with too much, when the government begins to ban expressions like this you should be very afraid for our future as a "democratic" nation.
1. President says something is bad, knowing full well that such a law would never pass.
2. Liberals showcase their derangement by burning flags
3. Any remaining sane people are left scratching their heads at how the Democratic party has fallen so far.
Flag burning isn't speech. It's arson.
Totally agree, you should never burn a nations flag. You can protest in other ways; burning the flag is to symbolically burn the nation, all its values and its people.
I don't care if it's the US, Mexico, Somalia, Taiwan, Iraq, Germany or my own, the Norwegian flag, I find it disgusting.
as a right leaning libertarian who supports trump on SOME issues I think Banning flag burnings goes against freedom of speech
1A come on.
1. Free speech still has red lines. I suggest you don't try testing the 1A by shouting "Fire" in a packed theater, etc.
2. How arson is a form of speech.
3. Destroying the symbol of your own country is ridiculous and ambiguous. Write petitions, organize rallies, vote, etc. Or maybe look for another one.
If it is your property you can do anything you want with it, asking as you don't violate someone else's rights. Stupid.
Justice Scalia in his concurrence with the majority opinion in Texas v. Johnson said it best...
"Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing a concurrence, spelled out his reasoning succinctly.
'The hard fact is that sometimes we must make decisions we do not like. We make them because they are right, right in the sense that the law and the Constitution, as we see them, compel the result,' Kennedy said. 'And so great is our commitment to the process that, except in the rare case, we do not pause to express distaste for the result, perhaps for fear of undermining a valued principle that dictates the decision. This is one of those rare cases.'" Quote from https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/when-the-supreme-court-ruled-to-allow-american-flag-burning
Of course, the choice to burn a flag is free speech. God lord! What other rights are they going to try to take away next?! What a vomit-y waste of government energy.
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