Burn Baby Burn
Tuesday, September 30, 2008 6:49:03 AM
“Burn Baby Burn”
The issue of flag burning seems to keep cropping up. Personally it appalls me to hear or see anyone burning the flag of the United States or any other country for that matter. People have been arrested, shot, beaten and jeered for such actions but is that reaction to an act worthy of repetition. It seems to me that in spite of my personal feelings there is a larger issue at hand.
If we have a law against burning anything in public or out of doors for environmental reasons I can see justification for arrest if that is indeed the penalty for burning something outside. If a person burns leaves outside and the penalty is a fine for destroying the environment then the same holds true for burning a flag. If in fact a person is arrested for the act alone of burning a flag then they should also be arrested for burning a piece of tie-dyed cotton. If they would not be arrested for that action then they in fact are being arrested for a display of dissatisfaction. Just how far it can go is up to opinions of lawmakers regardless of whether it is constitutionally just or not. I that think if we arrest citizens for burning a flag we should also arrest citizens for calling for a store manager and displaying our anger over being sold rotten fruit.
With all due respect to other freedom loving people, I do believe that under the constitution people have the right to express there feelings even if I do not agree with them. If a person burns a flag it can be ignored. When it draws too much adverse attention then there are those trying to impose their feelings on those that are burning the flag. When it gets too much supportive attention then there is an issue that needs to be explored.
When a union decides to strike there are usually people that are willing to bear signs and protest their issues. Burning a flag is obviously a form of protest and should be taken as such. Burning a piece of sewn material is no more a crime than burning leaves. It is the association of that piece of material to some idealistic nuances that is the real issue. Either this flag is democratic icon that is to be worshiped or it is not. Quite frankly, I appreciate the symbol that our flag represents but I do not think I can bring myself to worship any piece of material regardless of the fabric or design.
I’d like to go out and shot all flag burners but that would be as unlawful as arresting them for the sole act of burning the flag. I’d like to force all flag burners to love the flag the same way I do and I would also like to send all black people back to Africa. Of course that would mean deporting people to a foreign country to which many have never seen. Now that I think about it, I would like to deport all whites back to the jails of England but some are not even of British dissent. I would like to protest and call for a breakup of the United States. I would like to send everyone back to where they came from. If I am starting to sound ridiculous then you should feel what I feel about people that arrest anyone else because of their feelings. As a matter of fact I would like to arrest you if you do not agree with me. If you even think about sending an email disagreeing or showing any form of protest about my thoughts I would like to trace you and arrest you for having a different thought.
Why stop there? Why don’t we start arresting citizens for having blue eyes? So I don’t like to know about someone burning the flag. If you want to burn your flag then so be it; I’ll burn one too, who cares? Just do not take the flag off my flagpole and burn it because it is destroying my property not because you are burning a flag. The news media that was mentioned in another article on this site is probably responsible for propagating this issue as much or more than any other entity. Bear in mind that the news media caters to what they deem fit to report. They talk about what sells. That should tell us something about what the majority wants to hear. With that in mind there is only one place to lie the blame.
I hear many people complaining about how they are treated in certain stores yet they continue to frequent that store. I once watched a manager of a large store confront a couple in his store and search through their belongings while they were still in the store. He verbally accused them of stealing and proceeded to search their bags and even the woman’s pocket book. When he found nothing he left still ranting about thieves. I could not believe what I was witnessing. I gave the couple my business card and told them that they could count on me in court. I never heard from that couple. After that day I no longer set foot in that store although I’m sure the abused couple probably still shop there.
Sure I’m the guy that removed channel (4) from my remote control because they started using the word “Hell” on the air. I’m probably the only one back in 1966 that did that. Look at what they are saying now in front of your kids on daytime TV. So you want to arrest some person burning a piece of material? Let me suggest that you pull for arresting some producers for contributing to the moral decay of our country if not the contribution to the delinquency of minors. I don’t see anyone burning a flag or writing their congressman about the dereliction of the F.C.C. in failing to responsibly dealing with obscenity on TV. Maybe it’s because you feel that they have the right to free speech.
In conclusion, I guess I just have it all mixed up. TV networks have a right under free speech to use profanity without prior warning but flag burners don’t have any rights. People say to your face that they don’t like either situation but they continue to shop in stores that abuse them and rip them off. Did I mention that Advertisements can be canceled. Shows can be canceled and news can be made because Janet Jackson’s top slips below her breast line. Yet a show called “That Seventies Show” can release a barrage of ostentatious vulgar language and no one seems to notice. It’s not the only show but just the one that pops up on my TV after a show I enjoy watching. I might mention that it stays on for only as long as it takes to reach the remote. I suggest that we as a country need reform from the ground up. It starts with each one person. You need to take notice and protest. I don’t want you to burn a flag unless you have no other way to protest. What I want you to do is to flood your congressman or congresswoman. as the case may be, with protest letters to protest anything and everything that is against the fabric of moral growth. If they don’t respond, then elect one that will. Finally, stop using any store or service that is not genuine in their business efforts.