Flag Burning protests, offensive? Yes, illegal, no! The same First Amendment which protects my ability to write this, protects others to burn flags. Should we change this? No, and here is why.
We are all familiar with that cliché about the slippery slope, assume we are on such a slope. One day you or I ‘accidentally’ say something to offend the president and suddenly, we get shipped off to Gimo or somewhere never to be seen or heard from again. You might be happy if I shut up, but what about you? Any memories of Obama or Bush doing something that made you mad come to mind?
Not so long ago, East Germany had this very problem. I went there shortly after the wall came down and a few Americans making jokes about Stazi, the Ministry of State Security, and the locals were shuddering with fear. This was a fear we Americans could not understand, nor would we wish to.
In Hitler’s time, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian and resister, credited with this quote, which I believe modified over the years but still accurate;
* In Germany they first came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
* Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
* Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
* Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.
* Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up.
Do we one day wish we had listened to the warnings? Trump has not done anything, yet, but an attack on the First Amendment is a serious start.
Below is a video from the Mirror, follow that link for even more disturbing protest information.
More than a month and a half away from Inauguration Day, Trump’s only discipline seems to be making good on bad faith. His attacks both on the media and on those who, rather rarely, burn an American flag, are fundamentally assaults on the Constitution and the First Amendment.