Flag-burning is our Constitutional right, but it it morally acceptable?

By Abigail-Lauren Meredith, Bird’s-Eye View –

Why do we consider nations that burn the U.S. flag an enemy, but when one of our

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.

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