Essay about The American Flag By Gerald R. Webster

1117 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 5 Pages
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 A. Lewis 's article "Arguments on Flag Burning Heard," he describes the U.S. Supreme Courts perspective on the burning of the American flag. Douglas W. Kmiec interprets two very famous cases in regards of the burning of the American flag in his article, "In the aftermath of Johnson {Texas v. Johnson, 109 S. Ct. 2533} and Eichman {United States v. Eichman, 110 S. Ct. 2404}: the Constitution need not be mutilated to preserve the government 's speech and property interests in the flag.” Although the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 7-3 majority that flag burning constitutes symbolic speech, which is protected under the first amendment, there should be a law banning the desecration of the American flag, instead of allowing it.

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