December 3, 2014
Changing Our Constitution to Protect the America Flag
America is known for being the land of the free and the home of the brave. Numerous of Americans have lost their lives trying to keep our rights the same for years to come. It is my belief that the flag should not be protected under a constitutional amendment as it could take away your freedom of speech, as the flag is only a symbolic representation of America and making a big change in the constitutional amendments may not be accepted by many Americans.
We are protected by constitution, and the First Amendment States “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise
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“First, the flag is the flag; the only reason to accord it special status (if that’s what you decide) is that is is, in fact, the singular national symbol” (The Star-Spangled Banner editorial). A flag is a tangible item that only has value to the person that gives it that value; to me it’s just a piece of cloth. Any symbolic item that you make of value and someone else destroys it could make anyone upset. The political cartoon by Clay Bennett ( the Christian Science Monitor) displays the painted the words “ Do Not Desecrate” makes me wonder if some people would be less offend with just seeing the words written on the flag requesting that not to set fire to the flag. Even writing on the American flag whether it’s a positive message or not it is a desecration to the flag so to me that would pose a double standard to an amendment put in place to protect the flag. What would be ok? A positive message in support of the amendment, would that be ok? A smile face on the flag in support of the troop, would that be ok? Would the deep feelings of a non-supporter be in violations of that new amendment? There are many versions of the American flag that is derived from the original; by putting your own twist to the original design would that be desecrating our American symbol of our nation? These are the things one must think about if he or she would like to put an amendment in place to protect our national symbolic flag. Desecrating could some in a form of