Fuck your flag.
*smiles faintly at you*
Now that I have your undivided attention. Let us begin.
Yes, there are children showing off their disrespect for the United States Flag. Yes, it makes you anger and it makes you want to stop it. However, you would be wrong to stop it. First all of, it’s protected speech. The Supreme Court ruled that punishment for disrespecting that piece of textile was against the Constitution.
However, they are abusing a piece of woven processed petrel product.
I’ve seen threats to assault them. To shoot them. You are a fucking moron if you’ve made this threat.
Beat them and you go to trial for assault and battery. Which is a felony if I recall correctly.
Shoot them – there are a multitude of charges depending on if they die or not. All felonies.
Felonies equal you losing a lot of your rights. Which I am assuming you already knew before taking whatever action you want to take. You can bet they’ll add the charge “Resisting Arrest” to it.
Look, I get you’re angry. You might even be beginning to feel to the tendrils of desperation working their way through your mind.
You forget a few things.
1) This…. childish display of supposedly speaking truth to power is just that – childish. It is a symptom of a much larger problem.
2) That flag would not exist if it weren’t for the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence or the Bill of Rights and their other Amendments. Every day, new bills, acts and laws strip those documents away. The flag becomes emptier and more worthless with each passing day. The name Old Glory is starting to take on a new meaning….
3) Lashing out at someone over stomping on the flag is a false sense of bravado and one of the most shallow displays of being a “patriot” one can possibly do.
4) The children conducting this are wanting you to react violently to them. Do not give them the satisfaction. Turn your back on them. Ignore them. Do not feed them.
When was the last time you read the Founding Documents?
When was the last time you studied why they said the things they did?
Wrote what they wrote?
Have you read their letters? Their essays?
I tell you bluntly: that precious little piece of material cannot exist with those documents. The Declaration, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights can and do exist without that flag. Protect the documents.
The flag will follow in due time.