The Flag: To Those Who Want To Burn the Flag, Just ask permission!
Does the First Amendment give us the right to desecrate the American flag? Or
is the flag a sacred symbol of our nation, deserving protection by law? Tough call?
For those who want to light Old Glory on fire, stomp all over it, or spit on it to make some sort of “statement,” I say let them do it. But under one condition: they MUST get permission from three sponsors.
First, you need permission of a war veteran….Perhaps a Marine who fought at
Iwo Jima? The American flag was raised over Mount Surabachi upon the bodies
of thou-sands of dead buddies. Each night spent on Iwo meant half of everyone
you knew would be dead tomorrow, a coin flip away from a bloody end upon a
patch of sand your mother couldn’t find on a map. Or maybe ask a Vietnam vet
who spent years tortured in a small, filthy cell unfit for a dog. Or a Korean War soldier who helped rescue half a nation from Communism, or a Desert Storm warrior who repulsed a blood dictator from raping and pillaging an innocent country.
That flag represented your mother and father, your sister and brother, your
friends, neighbors, and everyone at home. I wonder what they would say if
someone asked them permission to burn the American flag?
Next, you need a signature from an immigrant. Their brothers and sisters may
still languish in their native land, often under tyranny, poverty and misery.
Or maybe they died on the way here, never to touch our shores. Some have
seen friends and family get tortured and murdered by their own govern- ment
for daring to do things we take for granted every day. For those who risked
everything simply for the chance to become an American, what kind of feelings do they have for the flag when they Pledge Allegiance the first time? Go to a naturalization ceremony and see for yourself, the tears of pride, the thanks, the love and respect of this nation, as they finally embrace the American flag as their own. Ask one of them if it would be OK to tear up the flag.
Last, you should get the signature of a mother. Not just any mother. You need a mother of someone who gave their life for America. It doesn’t even have to be from a war. It could be a cop. Or a fireman. Maybe a Secret Service or DEA agent. Then again, it could be a common foot soldier as well. When that son or daughter is laid to rest, their family is given one gift by the American people; an American flag. Go on. I dare you! Ask that mother to spit on her flag.
Away from family, away from the precious shores of home, in the face of over-
whelming odds and often in the face of death, the American flag inspires those who believe in the American dream, the American promise, the American vision…
Americans who don’t appreciate the flag don’t appreciate this nation. And those who appreciate this nation appreciate the American flag. So if you want to desecrate the American flag, before you spit on it or before you burn it,
I have a simple request.
Just ask permission. Not from the Constitution. Not from some obscure law.
Not from the politicians or the pundits. Instead, ask those who defended our
nation so that we may be free today. Ask those who struggled to reach our
shores so that they may join us in the American dream. And ask those who
clutch a flag in place of their sacrificed sons and daughters, given to this
nation so that others may be free.
For we cannot ask permission from those who died wishing they could,
just once … or once again … see, touch or kiss the flag that stands
for our nation, the United States of America … the greatest nation on