Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Get ready for the 28th Amendment!

In 1954, in the face of a growing Soviet threat in the world, Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Republican-controlled Congress took important steps to ensure that freedom is preserved. Their first step when they met in 1953 was to change the name of the Boulder Dam back to the Hoover Dam, which was named after former (Republican) President Herbert Hoover, whose opposition to federally-funded hydroelectric projects was circumvented when they decided to name it after him in the first place. This got back at those damned Democrats when they renamed the Hoover Dam as the Boulder Dam under Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt and the Democratic Congress in 1934.

Another important Eisenhower initiative was to add the subordinate clause "under God" into the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954.

But most importantly were the rules for flag care and display that were laid out that same year! In order to show proper respect to Old Glory, President Eisenhower laid out the rules that you'll find linked right here, courtesy of the Town of South Windsor (Connecticut) Patriotic Commission. Care and respect of the flag is very important to freedom, and you can be sure that no one respects freedom more than the United States because no other country even *has* flag care regulations (except for, um, the People's Republic of China.)

Know these rules! It's your civic duty to make sure you're not in violation of the pending 28th Amendment! The House has passed this amendment, which bans flag desecration, so if the Senate passes it, (which they might,) and if President Bush approves it (which he would,) and if 38 states approve it, then you're going to have a whole slew of flag rules to get to know. There's a lot to get straight, but remember: your freedom depends on it—and quite literally, too, because failure to comply could mean up to a year in jail!

Okay, readers, let me know: how do you plan to prevent flag desecration? Are you going to drop by local businesses to let them know they need to take their flags down at night? Will you conduct neighborhood seminars in proper flag lowering, folding and storage? Will you urge others to stop using stamps with flags on them, so that when the Post Office cancels the stamps, they won't desecrate them with ink from the postal meter? Let me hear your suggestions! It's your patriotic duty!

5 Comments:

At Monday, July 11, 2005 at 12:49:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sightings:

A TWO foot square American flag bumper sticker, cut into the shape of a W. Small font type over the flag reads "W, 2004, the President".


At the advice of my wife, I resisted the overwhelming urge to drive him off of the highway.

 
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At Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 7:23:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey everyone,

An important piece of legislation is making it's way to the U.S. Senate. Yesterday, the House of Representatives, by more than two-thirds vote, passed what hopefully will become the 28th Amendment to our nation's Constitution. It concerns the protection of the symbol of America and the representation of the ideals of the greatest nation on Earth. Our Flag. The proposed one-line amendment to the Constitution reads, "The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States." For the language to be added to the Constitution, it must be approved not only by two-thirds of each chamber but also by 38 states within seven years.



I don't want anyone to think that I am opposed to free speech. I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, and that certainly includes the 1st Amendment. What I fail to see is how desecrating a symbol that so many have died to preserve can be considered a form of "speech" worth protecting. Our nation is not a perfect one, and dissent and protest are both valid venues for change. Burning or otherwise desecrating an American Flag doesn't fall under those categories. Protest is done in the hopes of improving circumstances for your countrymen in a nation you care about. Burning the symbol of that nation? At the very least it's contradictory, and at most should be considered treasonous (the act of levying war against the United States or adhering to or giving aid and comfort to its enemies by one who owes it allegiance).



I don't often write letters like this, in fact, I never have. But this amendment actually has a good chance of passing in the Senate, and I have to get behind it and I hope you will too. As a military member, I and my brothers and sisters in arms have a duty to protect and defend every American citizen and our Allies, regardless of what they think of us or America. As the saying goes, "I may not agree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." But it's a minor conflict of interest to defend people who destroy the very fabric that, God forbid, I or any of my fellow Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen could one day come home draped under. The military needs as much support as it can get right now, and instead we get mixed messages when on one channel Americans are saluting a flag in a parade, and on another, they're burning and spitting on it in a mob scene. Which one do you support? Let's make it so that people have to use their brains to get their point across instead of their Zippos.



There's a petition online right now that will be sent to all 100 U.S. senators urging them to pass this amendment. I've included the link at the bottom of this message. If you agree with what I've been talking about, I encourage you to sign it. It's a small act that can really make a difference. One last thing. Below is a speech that I heard when I was in Basic Training. It was recited during a flag retreat ceremony that took place before I and my fellow trainees officially became Airmen. We all stood at attention as this speech was read, and the flag was slowly lowered and folded in the late afternoon of a hot Texas day. It was the one time during basic training that I broke down and cried.



I am the flag of the United States of America.
My name is Old Glory.

I fly atop the world's tallest buildings.
I stand watch in America's halls of justice.

I fly majestically over institutions of learning.
I stand guard with power in the world.

Look up ... and see me.

I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice.
I stand for freedom.

I am confident.
I am arrogant.
I am proud.

When I am flown with my fellow banners,
my head is a little higher,
my colors a little bit truer.

I bow to no one!

I am recognized all over the world.
I am worshiped - I am saluted.

I am loved - I am revered.
I am respected -- and I am feared.

I have fought in every battle of every
war for more then 200 years.

I was flown at Valley Forge, Gettysburg,
Shiloh and Appomattox.

I was there at San Juan Hill,
the trenches of France,
in the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome
and the beaches of Normandy, Guam.
Okinawa, Korea and KheSan, Saigon,
Vietnam know me,

I was there.
I led my troops,
I was dirty, battle worn and tired,
but my soldiers cheered me
And I was proud.

I have been burned, torn and trampled
on the streets of countries I have helped set free.
It does not hurt, for I am invincible.
I have been soiled upon, burned, torn
and trampled on the streets of my country.
And when it's by those whom I've served in battle -
it hurts.

But I shall overcome - for I am strong.

I have slipped the bonds of Earth
and stood watch over the uncharted
frontiers of space from my vantage point
on the moon.

I have borne silent witness
to all of America's finest hours.
But my finest hours are yet to come.

When I am torn into strips
and used as bandages
for my wounded comrades on the battlefield,
When I am flown at half-mast to honor my soldier,
Or when I lie in the trembling arms
of a grieving mother
at the grave of her fallen son or daughter,

I am proud.

MY NAME IS OLD GLORY
LONG MAY I WAVE.
DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN
LONG MAY I WAVE



Please support this. If you support anything America stands for, please support this.



Serving my country proudly,

Nicholas Kurtz



http://www.afa.net/petitions/signpetition.asp?id=1390

 
At Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 10:07:00 AM EDT, Blogger Kurt Kaletka said...

Nicholas,

There’s a funny trend in the United States: whenever we amend the Constitution to take away people’s rights, we seem to reverse those decisions. The Constitution originally permitted slavery, but we banned it. The Constitution was amended to ban alcohol, but we reversed that amendment. God willing, free speech opponents will stop the Constitution from being degraded by this proposed amendment, which is an affront to our civil liberties and does nothing to preserve our freedoms and our liberties.

What’s worse is the precedent that this amendment would set. If we ban flag desecration just because it’s the kind of speech that makes some people feel bad, what other kinds of speech will we wind up banning? It’s not like flag desecration leads to violence; inciting to riot is a whole other issue entirely.

If the symbol that is the flag of the United States is more important than what the symbol stands for, then we’ve lost our way as a nation. If freedom and liberty in the United States can only be defended by taking rights away, then we’ve already lost them. And if flag desecration is made illegal, it will finally make sense to desecrate the flag.

Sic semper tyrannus,

Kurt Kaletka

 
At Friday, October 24, 2008 at 3:11:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I respect and appreciate those who choose to serve this country through military service.
That said, I do not agree with your support of a Constitutional Amendment banning any sort of speech. You are quick to invoke your personal view of flag burning, and I fuly support you in voicing your opinion. Many men have shed blood in defense of this country, and we are well aware that our freedom doesn't come cheaply. What bothers me in all of this, is that we are even discussing any restriction over speech. Like it or not, acts of protest are indeed included in the context of 'free speech'.

 

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