By jaredmoshe | Jared Moshé's Blog June 22, 2005 at 10:06AM
On the political front - stop reading here if all you want is film banter - the house passed the flag burning amendment today, and for the first time the amendment has a chance of passing the Senate. It might suprise people (not that anyone probably cares enough about my opinion enough to be suprised- but then why should they?) that I am conflicted on this amendment. I completely agree with the liberal stance that people who burn flags are making a statement and any infringement of that statement are a violation of free speech and free speech is still a right (hear that Dick Durbin- why'd you cave!?). However, I tend to disagree with flag burning as a political statement. I think the the flag stands for the ideals of this country, not the specific government at any one time, and by burning it you are burning the ideals that you probably are fighting for.
If someone has said it (yes, all you english teachers i'm not quite sure what "it' refers to here), it's my congressman Jerry Nadler: "If the flag needs protection at all, it needs protection from members of Congress who value the symbol more than the freedoms that the flag represents."