President-elect Trump tweeted the following “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag — if they do, there must be consequences — perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”
I disagree with him on this. You buy a flag, you want to burn it in a protest, have at. I don't think much of the behavior, but I am trying to be consistent and my support for free speech and free expression starts with the behavior on the margins.
USAToday jumped right in with an opinion piece pointing legal precedent and the SCOTUS ruling on the topic. The sudden support for the Constitution was heart warming and I only hope that USAToday takes another look at the Heller Decision and gets on board for the whole Bill of Rights in the future.
What they left out of their coverage was the Flag Protection Act of 2005. You probably don't remember that because it didn't pass. It was an attempt to make burning a flag a federal crime punishable by a year in jail and a $100,000 fine.
It was co-sponsored by Sen. Hillary Clinton.