A.L. over at Glenn Greenwald's blog thinks that the flag burning amendment is pretty stupid. He points out that not only is it our first amendment to curtail the Bill of Rights (thanks Republicans) but also is our first effort to ban a symbolic act. It also puts us in the same league with Nazi Germany, Cuba, China, Iran, and Saddam's Iraq--isnt' that peachy?
But the most interesting thing is that flag burning has been incredibly rare in the United States. But it has gone up since conservatives made it a political issue. In other words, conservatives and false patriots are more responsible for flag burning than anything. And that is likely to continue. People who have no desire to burn a flag are starting to consider it. Or some of us will simply stop responding to it as a meaningful symbol of liberty and freedom.