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Flag Desecration Consequences

The lamestream media told you:
The Senate bill to ban flag desecration failed by one vote.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
The Senate bill would have amended the Constitution to allow Congress to ban flag desecration, something it lacks the power to do, under the current reading of the First Amendment.

How Congress might exercise such new power is unknown.

Despite scores of infringements on the right to say whatever you damn well please, legislators believe they lack the power to stop flag burners. It's the height of hypocrisy to watch Congress trample the Constitution at nearly every turn, and then hold itself back in one simple arena.

So much speech is currently banned that the Uninvited Ombudsman is writing a new book called "186 Things You're Not Allowed to Say." From jokes at the airport to asking job applicants if they're married, free speech is becoming a disappearing right.

If Congress does indeed ban flag desecration, the authorities may have to arrest anyone wearing a flag bikini, flag do rags, flag boxing trunks, and every other inappropriate application of the U.S. flag, right down to a child's discarded crayon drawing of a flag, an obvious destruction of our national symbol.

The law of unintended consequences suggests that, as soon as the amendment is enacted, flag burners will thumb their noses and start burning copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, red-white-and-blue star-and-stripe flag lookalikes, and whatever else can rile up the populace to voice extreme displeasure.

On the other hand, if flag burners are simply allowed to continue to play with matches, we find out just who they are. Which is a good thing.

In other news, Tucson protester Roy Warden is burning Mexican flags, on U.S. soil, and getting the cold shoulder from the national "news" media. Now in serious trouble with law enforcement and with pending court dates, he has made points that have infuriated the Mexican consulate, in front of which he conducts his exercises in free expression.

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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