Sorry President-Elect Trump but burning the American flag has already been deemed a constitutionally protected act.

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29 thoughts on “Sorry President-Elect Trump but burning the American flag has already been deemed a constitutionally protected act.

  1. Maybe so but I don’t agree with it. I think we have recently crossed into an area where freedom of speech and expression has given us an excuse to be excessively disrespectful. It is backfiring quickly. Respect is becoming a thing of the past.

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    1. We haven’t recently done anything because such things have always happened. Your response comes off as if this is becoming an epidemic. Believe me, I think it is disrespectful but the Constitution protects it and that’s what the Supreme Court ruled so it doesn’t matter what me, you, or Trump thinks. I’m not for allowing Trump to take away our natural born rights. The 1st Amendment is our natural born right and his plan will infringe on that.

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      1. It is becoming an epidemic, especially among our kids today. There is no respect for parents, authority, cops, out country, our flag and it is a main reason this country is spinning out of control. Yes we do have rights but they are not meant to be abused. People aren’t afraid of anything anymore. They think they can say and do anything. It’s a shame to watch and as a parent with of two teens, it’s frightening to say the least. I do not tolerate disrespect. Should they burn me if they don’t like the way I parent? I’m just hoping I have taught them constructive ways to use their freedoms. I guess time will tell the truth.

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      2. Sorry but you just jumped around in this conversation. I was referring to flag burning not becoming an epidemic. As for the level of disrespect that has been happening it is outrageous. Ironically, you support Trump’s statement but that statement is disrespectful in of itself. It is disrespectful to the oath he has or will take, the Constitution, the checks and balance system we have in place, the Supreme Court, the Justices, and their decisions. Oh, and I’m curious, what ‘constructive’ ways are those?

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      3. I never said I supported Trumps statement. I do believe there are people who hate America and want to destroy it and they are coming to our country. It’s a different world today. That is why flag burning takes in a whole new meaning in these troubling times. I don’t think I jumped around. I believe what I’m seeing is all connected. I guess we see the world differently and that’s okay. One example of constructive is being active in an organization that fights to make real changes. My daughter wants to teach and get into politics to change the education system. That is constructive. Burning the school flag, not so much. And FYI…no matter what Trump says someone will consider it disrespectful. He has a right to his opinions the same as we do. I doubt anything will come of it but just because a Supreme Court makes a decision does not mean we have to agree with it right? There is no rule there. Follow it yes. Agree with it no.

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      4. Those who burn the American flag are citizens from our own country. So we should not fail to recognize that our own people hate our own country. Why would an immigrant, who most often than not come to America seeking positive change, would yearn to burn the flag of the country representing that change?

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      5. Right. Our citizens do hate America. Add that with the war against America from the outside and we are in serious trouble. So much hate these days. I see a lot of acting out and I’m not sure how that will change a single thing. Again, we all have different opinions and arguing them will not change anyone’s mind. We do need to respect our differences though. This is not about who is wrong or right. It’s about being able to respectfully disagree. The world could use more of that.

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      6. I don’t negate the fact that we are in serious problem but your implication that Trump is correct in stating that he can infringe our constitutionally protected rights is part of the problem. Our rights are not about respect. Our rights are inherent and they symbolize our freedom. Just because we think something is disrespectful does not mean it is illegal. That’s ludicrous. I don’t think you should ever talk back to your mother or curse at her because it’s disrespectful. But because a son or daughter speaks back disrespectfully to their mother or father doesn’t mean they should be thrown in jail or have their citizenship revoked. That’s absurd.

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      7. No actually you don’t but why the negativity? I gave you my opinion. I always love stepping in from time to time to say hello. I haven’t done it in awhile. Sorry I picked today. I don’t like when people make assumptions about what I mean but it happens. I’m not here to argue because that is not constructive. I just wanted to leave a comment that really said hey there, I’m here. Hello. Oh well.

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      8. This was a negative statement made by Trump, making it a negative topic. I appreciate when you do step in from time to time to say hello, but this was not the appropriate post to do that. The way you stepped in was hard to be construed as you stopping by to say hello. Hello and no hard feelings but such acts like burning our flag are disrespectful but they are not unconstitutional and I’m all for preserving our rights, especially our natural born rights.

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      9. I don’t remember saying burning the flag was unconstitutional. I simply told you why I think it is a problem. I didn’t know there were rules about what posts I could step in and comment on. My blog is about perspective and I always welcome opinions that are different from my own so I am seriously shocked this conversation is even going here. This was totally unexpected. I have no words. Again, disrespect really is a problem and it does go hand in hand with the original post. I’m all for preserving rights as well. I am not for trampling on the rights of others.

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      10. I’m telling you it is, I’m not saying you said it was. There are no rules here. You can step in whenever you like and say whatever you like. Agreeing with Trump in that those who burn the American flag should be locked up or stripped of citizenship does not sound like someone all for preserving rights. I’m just saying.

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  2. It seems to me you either accept freedom of expression and with it flag burning or you don´t don´t like flag burning and then try to limit freedom of expression. The problem starts with trying to find a reason to deny flag burners their right to torch the national emblem. I find flag burning a pretty useless and unhelpful gesture but I can accept people might want to do it because they love the idea of the United States. That might seem paradoxical but it need not be. It is a dramatic criticism of an aspect of the nation they consider inappropriate. One thing I think to be avoided is questioning people´s patriotism. Even if they are wrong I don´t doubt that somewhere in their minds, the right love America. And so d the left. They disagree on what the best expression of that love of country is.

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