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Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Its time again to FUBAR the Constitution
 
The House passed a bill "Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States authorizing the Congress to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States" (goes to the relevant roll call) and the media is saying that it stands a good chance of passing the Senate where it would then be placed in front of the American Public.

With luck the senate will stop it, however the sponsors might pull their new favorite trick - slip it into something that no one will read and everyone will pass.

What the 236 Yeas are forgetting is that our Flag (Yes I do hold it in high regard, but not above personal freedoms) is only a symbol, its merely a piece of cloth that we say represents personal freedoms. I wonder if they recognize the irony. Do they really value the symbol more than the freedoms? If the actions of congress since 9/11 are any indication, I don't want or need to hear the answer.

Reading though the CNN article, I think its a shame that we have representatives who can't get past 9/11 and use it as a mechanism to inspire patriotism. This is sad:

"Ask the men and women who stood on top of the [World] Trade Center," said Rep. Randy [Duke] Cunningham, R-California. "Ask them and they will tell you: pass this amendment."


First I'm pretty sure they never got around to banning liberals or libertarians from the WTC before 9/10, secondly I don't think that anyone in the WTC when it fell would be concerned about politics - I think they were more concerned with saving lives or saying good bye. If they would tell you to pass this amendment, then they didn't enjoy the freedoms that they were given. I'd like to think that they would want us to keep our freedom. According to the Bush administration, thats what they died for...



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