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June 23, 2005

The Flag: Let 'Em Burn It

I forgot to H/t Slublog earlier, so I'll try to make amends by linking his agreement with Jerry Nadler on the flag-burning amendment.

This is an emotional issue. Certainly I'm sympathetic to those who serve in the military, and who feel the flag is something very close to being secular-sacred.

But...

As much as I hate the attention-starved trust-fund rebels who burn the flag because Mommy didn't breastfeed them, I do in fact like the fact they have the right to burn the flag.

The very fact that they are allowed to burn the flag contradicts and refutes the central point (such as it is) they're trying to make by burning the flag.

So, we live in a fascist country? Is that right? And you're burning the flag to demonstrate that sad fact?

Odd, isn't it, that the fascist bulls didn't come to collect you, your friends, and your family up for political "re-education" when you set match to cloth.

Everybody has the right to be wrong. Everybody has the right to be an asshole. The right should jealousy guard these rights, because the minority-but-very-influential PC Vanguard would love to strip away our rights to be wrong, or to just be what they consider assholes.

Slippery slope arguments are usually dumb, but I don't like establishing the precedent that some forms of speech are so outrageous that they can be punished by jail time or big fines. This week, a Republican controlled House passes an anti-flag-burning amendment.

Four years from now, a Democratic-controlled House passes a bill outlawing FoxNews, and stripping away my right to call Keith Olbermann a self-satisfied unfunny retard-twat.


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