Old Glory

News just in...the Flag Amendment just failed by one vote in the Senate. One vote.

A constitutional amendment to ban flag desecration died in a Senate cliffhanger Tuesday, a single vote short of the support needed to send it to the states for ratification and four months before voters elect a new Congress.
Senate supporters said the flag amounts to a national monument in cloth that represents freedom and the sacrifice of American troops.
Among possible presidential contenders in 2008, six voted yes: Democrat Evan Bayh of Indiana and Republicans George Allen of Virginia, Sam Brownback of Kansas, Frist, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, and John McCain of Arizona. Five, all Democrats, voted no: Joseph Biden of Delaware, Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, Russell Feingold of Wisconsin, John Kerry of Massachusetts.

In honor of our flag, the poem, My Name is Old Glory, by Howard Schnauber, is linked for your inspiration and edification. Long may she wave.

Posted by Mutti at June 27, 2006 04:04 PM | TrackBack

I must disagree with you Mr (or Miss) Mutti. The flag burning bill is a TERRIBLE idea! Flag burning is protected under the 1st Amdemdent. The bill of rights was written to protect exactly these kind of rights. We have no business picking and choosing which rights we like and which ones we want to ban, it will open up a huge can of worms. I personally do not like flag burning, but if someone else wants to, its their right to. Banning flag burning to me is more horrible than the actual act itself. The next right up for banning would be the right to bear arms, etc etc. This is what makes our country so great, Congress has no say over what right we are allowed to have or not. Liberals tend to take it too far and create fake "rights" (the right to privacy anyone?) Can you imagine if Congress was allowed to pick and choose which rights to ban? As Americans, we must remember why the Bill of Rights was written: not to grant us specific rights, but to PROTECT the rights people dont like from being taken away. I love the flag, but I LOVE our Bill of Rights even more. To support the flag burning bill is essential anti-conservative. when did conservatives start thinking it was okay for the government to tell us what we can or can not do? I'm completely disappointed in the senate republicans who voted for it

Posted by: shira at June 28, 2006 03:01 PM

peter just told me that Mutti is Mrs. Beal, so hi Mrs. Beal! :).

Posted by: shira at June 28, 2006 03:07 PM

and one more thing: flag burning is not in the actual text of the bill rights, The Supreme Court decided it flag burning was a right under the 1st Amdendement in Texas. V Johnson 41 US37. I meant to put that in my orginal post :)

Posted by: shira at June 28, 2006 03:12 PM