Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Media Bias II

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.

8 comments:

Old NFO said...

I doubt that we'll be that lucky...

Jeff B said...

Free expression is great when you want to burn a flag in protest, per the lefties.

But try to make a movie about Hillary, and you get Citizen's United, perhaps the SCOTUS ruling most despised by the left. I wish they could be consistent in their support for freedom of speech.

Weetabix said...

They ARE consistent with their support of freedom of speech and the Constitution.

MSM: The Constitution and Bill of Rights apply when they benefit our viewpoint and supporters. They do not apply when they appear to support something we don't like.

Flag burning is an issue that makes "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" difficult. But those are the real tests, aren't they?

ASM826 said...

Yes, and I am okay with it. My issue was with the MSM busting Trump for something Hillary supported 10 years ago.

Minecraft Chuck said...

Burning the flag is a statement that you despise the nation for which it stands. It seems to me to be a statement of revocation of citizenship. Which is perfectly fine. But the burner shouldn't expect to participate in the elections or juries of that country after that. After all, they denounced the nation and renounced their citizenship.

burt said...

Minecraft Chuck: +1

I'd go further than just elections or jury service. I'd end any financial assistance. Yes, you have the right to protest to your heart's content. But you don't have the right to be paid *by the government* to protest. Do it on your own time - and on your own dime.

Ron Johnson said...

It's not a protest against the country, just the corrupt government for which it stands.

Rick C said...

Right on cue, too, people showed up in front of Trump Tower to prove how stupid they were by burning flags. And Revolutionary Communist Party people were there to "support" them on Twitter.