The Right To Hate America

What should we do to people that burn the flag?

I’m glad you asked.

I love America. I think it’s the greatest invention of the past 10,000 years, and I’m proud to live here. I’m proud that we defend ourselves well, and that we have more freedom than 99% of the people in the world. We the people make the decisions. I have an American flag flying proudly in front of my house, and I would never consider disrespecting it. I’m disgusted when people that have witnessed the amazing freedom and opportunity we have here, and still choose to hate America and it’s values.

That being said…

We should thank God we live in a country where free speech is protected by the Constitution. The same amendment that protected civil rights activists, women’s rights activists, prolife & prochoice activists, environmental activists, etc, etc protect people that spit on our country by burning the flag.

Our Consititution doesn’t regulate which speech can be “free” and which can’t. The Klan has just as much right to have a protest as civil rights activists. Prolife activists have the same right to speak their minds that a Planned Parenthood spokesperson does.

If the government began putting in restrictions on one form of free speech, like flag burning, there would be a precedent for repressing free speech. That’s not good for anyone. And, it would completely invalidate the work of 250 years of lawmaking.

Operation Rescue was a radical prolife group that would have “sit-in” protests, where they would chain themselves to the doors of abortion clinics. The police became increasingly violent, and the escalating tension was freaking people out. The groups leader, Randall Terry, was finally arrested on, I’m not making this up, federal racqueteering charges. For those that don’t know, those are the laws that were created to take down the mob. The prosecuters were charging Operation Rescue with being an organized crime ring.

And guess what. They got defended by none other than the ACLU. Yes, the same ACLU that is staunchly prochoice, completely liberal, and totally left of the entire universe. And let me tell you why they defended old Randall Terry. Because if he was convicted, it would mean that ANYone exercising their right to free speech could go to jail for life. It was just a matter of a prosecutor and a judge nutty enough to do it. Randall Terry and his group were guilty of upsetting a lot of people, and even trespassing. But trespassing is a far cry from organized crime.

My point is this. Flag burners are offered the same protection by the Constitution as everyone else. What other country in the world defends the very people that speak hatred against it? That’s what makes America great.

  17 comments for “The Right To Hate America

  1. maf
    November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: maf and i agree with brian 110%.

  2. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: Jackie Yay Incredipete! “Just when I thought I was out–they keep pulling me back.” Very good entry. There is a line that Brian is always quoting, it is something like “Though I don’t agree with what you say, I will fight to the death to defend your right to say it.”

  3. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: your incredibly adorable little sister just a question. what are you guys smoking? Let’s think about what they (the original Americans) burned when they didn’t agree with something in early America. EFFIGIES! And you think flag burning is disrespectful? the early Americans knew where their priorities were and knew how to get across what they wanted to get across. Let’s not think that flag burning is some disrespectful phenomenon. People should always be able to protest, always be able to burn if need be. We don’t burn people in effigy anymore (unfortunately. I’d like to bring that back). What we can do now is burn the flag.

  4. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: Teets Incredipete, go ye now and readeth my entry. The one about “financial stuff”.

  5. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: Incredipete I loved reading everyone’s answers on the survey. Also loved the positive feedback on the comments here. Sorry I was out all day at a meeting and missed out. You all are a smart, opinionated crowd, and for those of you that answered with different opinions than me, this wouldn’t be a very interesting place for thoughtful conversations if I spit on your opinions. I think everyone’s opinions are interesting.

  6. HRT
    November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: HRT Dudette that link was funeee. Wrong. But Funnee!!! Accurate. But wrong.

  7. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: thea I had to share this with you, it is in somewhat poor taste, but very funnee… that is if you’ve ever had a problem with your puter… Let me know what you think!

  8. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: thea Unfortunately we live in an unrespectable age. Everyone has their ‘own’ view on everything, people don’t seem to come together in the manner in which they used to. Flag burning would’ve had you dragged into the street & beaten by your neighbors before now. All I can do is try my best to raise a daughter with some respect and discipline.

  9. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: Stacey Hell, I just liked your mood.

  10. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: warcrygirl I didn’t see the flag burning issue the same way you did but I do agree with you. Although…burning trash and debris is illegal within the city limits where I live so you’ll spend at least a day in jail for doing the burining itself.

  11. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: Walker I can honestly say that until reading this entry, I had never thought of flag burning as “free speech”. I’ve always viewed it as an act of hatred for our great country, and never as a protest to something that’s taking place.

  12. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: BigPimpinMBA I always feel like such a dumbass when I come to your diary. You speak eloquently about topics that really matter, while I choose to speak about The Bachelor, bug pornography and puking stories.

  13. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: Wendy Excellent entry. I agree that it is good that people CAN burn the flag if that is the way they choose to “speak.” But I do think it is wrong and really if they hate America so much then maybe they should just make like a tree and leave.

  14. maf
    November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: maf hey, we agree on something – whoda thought!

  15. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: your incredibly adorable little sister sorry, here i am again. clarifying. while some see the flag as a mere symbol of our country’s greatness, it has consumed Americans to an extent that is pathetic. In our rush to find something to symbolize our country’s greatness, we forget about what it means. we forget that, in our mistakes, in our victories, in war, and in peace, we are America. No flag, no cloth, no song can do that justice.

  16. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: your incredibly adorable little sister I didn’t read your answers to the survey yet, Incredipeter, but i’m sure you had great answers. I personally believe in flag burning in protest of actions/laws/misplaced priorities that you don’t agree with. Anyway, I say this because I don’t understand all this reverence of the flag. It’s a bit of coloured cloth. If that’s where our respect lies, shame. If that’s where our nation’s greatness lies, what kind of country are we? We should revere God, respect many American principles and ideologies, our past. The flag isn’t us. the national anthem isn’t us (think drinking song). If we get so caught up in the legality of burning a flag, then are our principles out of whack? There are more important things. Better things that should hold our respect.

  17. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: Kathy Interesting survey — made me think. Just one comment re ‘pulling the plug’ where you mention “first do no harm.” Is it possible that maybe the harm was plugging them in to begin with? MAF — I, too, answered honestly — not all the same as you, but honestly. We can huddle together!

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