By Abigail-Lauren Meredith, Bird’s-Eye View –
citizens does, it’s considered an expression of free speech?
As Americans, we have the right to free speech. Even burning the American flag is
protected by law. The law, however, does not always align with what is morally right.
The U.S. flag is a symbol of freedom and the American spirit of pride, strength, and
perseverance. It represents our soldiers that we send out to battle and the people working
toward The American Dream.
Yes, our nation's history is stained with wrongdoings and mistakes, but the American
flag is a pillar of the progress we have made and will continue to make.
Protests and marches across the nation have become the popular stage for people to
burn the U.S. flag. During the recent Tax Day marches, an elderly veteran stopped a
group of masked young adults from burning the U.S. flag and was called un-American.
How can a veteran be un-American? Have we lost our respect for veterans?
That flag stands for the bloodshed and lives lost to protect the rights of those
protesting. A large percentage of my generation, the Millennials, hop onto bandwagons,
like what fuels many of the protests, without considering what they stand for or being
grateful for the life they have in America.
People who respect and are grateful for the life they can have – including free speech
and access to education – would never consider burning the flag.
Those who defend this action say that they no longer agree with the politics in
America or the policies that President Trump is implementing.
Disagreeing with the government is acceptable, but the flag does not solely stand for
the government so burning the flag is disrespectful to the thousands who fight for and
believe in its values.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to protest something or fighting for
values, but it is counterproductive to disrespect the country that people say they are
fighting to improve in the process.
We do not live in Syria where the government is attacking its own people; our flag
still means something. The problems we have are legitimate, but we must remember that
we live in a country where we are allowed to speak about the issues without the threat of
chemical attacks or other retribution.
There are lines that should never be crossed and burning the flag is one of them.