Palaver from Persimmon Crossingwith Warren Faulk
Congress may be about to do something about air pollution. It looks like they are going to outlaw burning the flag.
One of my old friends recently told me that I complain too much. Said I should run for office and get some things done. Can you imagine me getting elected? I'd more likely get lynched with a wet rope.
I love our flag so much that I don't see how I could ever do anything to disrespect it. But if someone else wants to burn his own flag, what business is that of mine? Now if he steals the flag or uses it in a manner to "incite riot" ... well, we already have laws for that don't we? I don't see how burning a flag in protest, in a safe manner, hurts me, America or my loving memory of military generations past. I do think that someone who is so frustrated as to resort to such a tactic should get a hearing. And I don't think the first salvo from the government should be "You are now a political prisoner of the United States."
I can almost hear some nervous young senator saying "Mr. President, I take this political opportunity to rise in support of the amendment at issue. I've gotta get some- thing on the record before the next break and this one is a sure thing right? I mean patriotism and all that. Know what I mean?"
Amendments to the constitution should be about things of substance. Things useful to the Republic. And they should not signal further intrusion by the government.
I wonder how we got through the '60s.
-- Warren Faulk
Warren Faulk has written a book called "Still Looking For My Hinny," an online book about animal husbandry, fishing, hunting and war. Available from 1stBooks.com
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