American Flag Symbolism

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The American flag is a sacred symbol of the freedom that the United States of America has. In 1777, the American flag was made an official ensign for America, and to this day, the only thing that has changed about the flag is the number of stars on it. The flag is not just a symbol for the people that live in America, but also for the people that live in other countries. People in other countries that wish to immigrate to America see the flag for what it truly represents, freedom. Although, the American flag is not just a symbol of freedom, it is also a symbol for America a nation. In Gerald R. Webster 's article, "American Nationalism, The Flag, and The Invasion of Iraq," Webster discusses the symbolic nature of the American flag. In Neil …show more content…
Johnson and United States v. Eichman. In Douglas Kmiec 's article, he says, "The anti-flag outcome of both cases triggered widespread and sincere outrage on the part of the American public and equally insincere partisanship by some of its elected officials." A majority of American people strongly disagreed with the rulings in both cases and what the rulings were based upon. When the U.S. Supreme Court made their decision they did not take into consideration that without any form of communication accompanying the action of burning the American flag, there would be no need to allow the burning of the American flag legal using the first amendment. Lewis says, "Congress should have the authority to protect those things that are special to us as a people." The American flag is an important symbol to most nationalistic and patriotic Americans, so it should be …show more content…
It is also up to those individuals on whether or not they feel loyalty towards their country to not but their sign of freedom, the same freedom that they are given everyday they are in America. Some believe that it is against their first amendment rights to not be able to legally burn the American flag, and some believe that it is disrespectful to their country as a whole to burn the American flag. It all is a matter of if they believe in what is constitutional, or if they believe in their personal morals, but according to the U.S. Supreme Court it is about what the law says. Hopefully one day a new law passed that will get rid of the old one that allows the American flag to be burned without anyone having any logical reason to do so. For average Americans, it is all just a matter of opinion on whether or not they will support a new law or stick with the old

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