Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what's for dinner (paraphrasing James Bovard).
Burning a flag expresses things that talking about your dicontent cannot. It is those elements of dissent which you would forbid the expression of, which is unconstitutional.Nope. Setting things on fire is one way to express dissent. What the 1st Amendment forbids is the federal government telling you you cannot express dissent, not that you cannot do it on a Wednesday, or on this particular street, or by setting things on fire, etc.
If there were to be a ban on a method of speech, that ban must be applied to all speech without regard to content.
For example, The government can say that no one is allowed to march down a residential street a 3:00 in the morning. It cannot however say that only Pro-life groups are prohibited from marching down a residential street at 3:00 in the morning, while pro-choice groups are free to do so.
So if you are going to ban flag burning, you have to ban burning everything else too.
So no fireworks, no smoking, no campfires, no buring pictures of Hitler, no barbecues, no candles, etc...
I realize you anti American right winger want to do away with the 1st Amendment. yet I am ready to go into the streets and the woods with my guns gauranteed by the third amendment to restore the democracy that the right wing fascist types hate.
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Working with my congressional allies, I pass a law that says people can't express dissent on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. You can express your dissent on Tuesdays, between the hours of 2:00 and 5:00 AM. Is this constitutional in Aquapub-world?
Working with my congressional allies, I pass a law that says people can't express dissent near any major road, but if they want to express their dissent on in suburban neighborhoods, they're welcome to. Is this constitutional in Aquapub-world?
Oh, and I pass a law that says they're welcome to express dissent, but they can't do it by setting anything on fire, or by using the internet, television, radio, or newspapers. And no magic-marker signs either. Is this constitutional in Aquapub-world?
I haven't banned dissent entirely, so by your logic, these laws should be constitutional. Right?
Anyone who wants to ban freedom of speech is hardly patriotic.Originally Posted by aquapub
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I would love to see the first amendment deal strictly with speech not distorted as the left has done to allow flag burning which is an act not speech.........
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