Sunday, July 02, 2006

Alter on Flag Burning

My brother sent me this wonderful piece by Jonathan Alter on the recent efforts by the Senate to pass a flag-burning amendment. I thought John Glenn put it best, as quoted by Alter:
Those 10 amendments we call the Bill of Rights have never been changed or altered by one iota, not by one word, not a single time in all of American history. There was not a single change during any of our foreign wars, and not during recessions or depressions or panics. Not a single change when we were going through times of great emotion and anger like the Vietnam era, when flag after flag was burned or desecrated. There is only one way to weaken our nation. The way to weaken our nation would be to erode the freedom that we all share.”

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