The Opposing case of Texas v. Johnson Essay

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The Supreme Court’s decision on the case of Texas v. Johnson has been a controversial one, as it involves the burning of our national symbol, the American flag. It leads to the question: Does the desecration of the American flag a way of expressing speech that is protected by the first amendment? Shouldn't the destruction of a true American symbol be protected and preserved, as it is a symbol that represents our country? There is a great amount of criticism that Texas v. Johnson has been faced with; most of which are valid points that could contribute to possibly overriding this decision of Texas v. Johnson in the future. August 22, 1984, marked the day of the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas, Texas. Gregory Lee Johnson was …show more content…
Justice Rehnquist, who made a dissenting opinion, wrote: “In the First and Second World Wars, thousands of our countrymen died on foreign soil fighting for the American cause. At Iwo Jima in the Second World War, United States Marines fought hand to hand against thousands of Japanese. By the time the Marines reached the top of Mount Suribachi, they raised a piece of pipe upright and from one end fluttered a flag. That ascent had cost nearly 6,000 American lives. The Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery memorializes that event. President Franklin Roosevelt authorized the use of the flag on labels, packages, cartons, and containers intended for export as lend-lease aid, in order to inform people in other countries of the United States' assistance… During the Korean War, the successful amphibious landing of American troops at Inchon was marked by the raising of an American flag within an hour of the event.” (Texas v. Johnson, 1989, Dissenting Opinion, http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0491_0397_ZD.html) The flag is a symbol of our nation, and it signifies our country on battleships, airplanes, military

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