Shielding the flag, shattering liberty

Star Tribune
by staff

06/22/06

America is a nation built on four flimsy sheets of parchment. They're not as thrilling to look at as Old Glory, but the brittle pages of the U.S. Constitution have done more to sustain American liberty than any flag ever could. It's too bad, really, that Americans don't pledge allegiance to the Constitution -- and don't revere it as they do the Stars and Stripes. If they did, they'd see the folly in defending a rectangle of cloth at the expense of the parchment's promises. Not that the flag really needs protection. It waves in the wind every day everywhere and is trampled underfoot rarely anywhere. But whenever an election draws near, lawmakers trot out a constitutional amendment to ban 'flag desecration.' Pandering to public fondness for the most colorful symbol of U.S. freedom, Congress is gunning once again for the amendment's passage...

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