Flag amendment needs one more vote to pass Senate: "The Senate is one vote away from passing a constitutional amendment that would ban desecration of the U.S. flag, the closest that amendment supporters have been to passage.
The American Legion, which supports the amendment, and the American Civil Liberties Union, which opposes it, both say there are 66 votes to pass it.Whether advocates can find the 67th vote to send the flag amendment to the states for ratification remains unclear. A Senate vote is set for the week of June 26.Elections, post-Sept. 11 patriotism and the Iraq war have improved the measure's prospects since the Senate last voted in 2000, says Patrick Brady of the Citizens Flag Alliance. 'We're very hopeful we'll get it,' he says."
I am really close to saying "fuck it" on this one. If this is how conservatives (and some liberals) see our system, then fine. Let's prove to the world our true liberties and freedoms by passing a law against something that doesn't even happen. Unless that includes pandering by idiots draped in the flag. Of course, that won't be illegal.
If they pass this amendment, then I am never waving or wearing the American flag again. It won't stand for the same thing. I will always be an American, but you can have the flag. Keep it. Make sure you protect it rather than addressing poverty, the environment or political corruption.
"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." Samuel Johnson Or in this case, "worthless jingoistic waste of space scoundrels."