Though I recognize free speech and fight to protect it, I have always been bothered by individuals who want to burn the US flag in this country.
Perhaps it was being raised in a military family, as I can certainly see the argument that desecrating an American flag in front of a veteran who watched fellow soldiers die for that symbol could be equated to other behaviors consistent with "inciting a riot."
Since it is legal to burn a flag here, I'll pick my battles elsewhere.
For this week's YouTube video of the week, I am going retro: April 25, 1976 to be exact. That is when Chicago Cubs outfielder Rick Monday prevents more than a simple misdemeanor.
Obviously, I am in favor of enforcing other laws, if applicable, that lead up to torching a flag.
My favorite story of this type was the two young guys who were stopped at a large college-based protest torching a flag. When one of the educated but not so smart subjects complained to police that "flag burning was legal," the officer had all he could do to control his laughter while explaining why the fellows were being arrested.
It involved differentiating between burning a US flag (legal) and burning someone else's US flag that the law-breakers grabbed off of a porch on their walk to the protest (illegal).
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