Donald Trump was on Twitter this morning and he decided to take aim at those who burn the American flag. Though no one is exactly sure what prompted the President-elect to vent on the social media there is speculation that it has to do with the liberal idiots in Massachusetts burning the American flag.
People who burn the flag are in my opinion a bunch of idiots. While I find the act to be detestable and moronic it is something that in a free country we are able to use to express our anger towards the government. Am I right?
This was decided in 1989 in a SCOTUS case Texas v. Johnson. In the landmark case, the burning of the flag was deemed to fall under the first amendment under Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Rehnquist argued that any law or statute that criminalized the desecration of the flag violated a person’s first amendment right.
Well, it now seems that while this issue was considered to be handled 45th Commander-in-Chief will tackle the right to burn the flag.
“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag — if they do, there must be consequences,” Trump wrote. “Perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”
Now while I agree with his frustration after seeing these idiotic snowflakes running around “protesting” does this still fall under freedom of speech?
According to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, it does. In an interview done in 2012, Scalia said,
“If I were king, I would not allow people to go about burning the American flag. However, we have a First Amendment, which says that the right of free speech shall not be abridged. And it is addressed, in particular, to speech critical of the government.”
Scalia also added that suppressing one’s right to burn the flag would be something that tyrants would do.
While I fully understand the sentiment the statement is jailing people the way to go?
I personally am sick and tired of these liberals stomping and disrespecting our very symbol of freedom. Though with that being said that is why our founding fathers did what they did when they came here. In England, they were not allowed to speak out against the king or protest with being jailed or killed, is that what we want here again?
Like I said, while I find their actions to be deplorable and childish it is their right, but that does not mean they are immune from our responses to them. However, maybe after getting bitch slapped a few times they will stop these disrespectful actions.
What do you think?
H/T [ NY Daily News ]