The Legacy Of Flag Burning Essay

1902 Words Dec 7th, 2016 8 Pages
Red, white, and blue—the colors of freedom! Red, white, and blue—the colors of oppression! Red, white, and blue colors waving in the air—woven into an ultimate symbol embodying the nation’s ideology—the flag. Currently suffering from the results of a controversial election year, disillusioned nationwide protesters have increasingly partaken in burning the flag as a symbolic denouncement of government. The growing popularity of flag burning has sparked a divisive debate between the nation’s people, as they attempt to define American ideology, identify which party is in line with said vision and who is to blame for the weakened state of the republic. Such a debate is unsurprising given that the United States of America has remained ideologically divided since its inception. Although, founded on principles of liberation through revolution and united by a commitment to the preservation of order through the advancement of democracy, it has chiefly remained divided in methodological approach—liberal versus conservative. However, the blame placing occurring between individuals who identify with left or right wing politics has divulged both parties’ contrasting perceptions of reality and American theory. The republic’s failure to reconcile American values with methodology has culminated in a divisive internalization of fear between people, evident in the political spectrum’s increased polarity.
Understanding the historical and present day theoretical context behind the political…

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