Or by simply sitting there and doing NOTHING at all. That you give value to the burner's hate speech. You condone it to alllow his view to be heard. while the thousands of men and women who died for that flag get treated like crap. If only for that momment.
Ah, I see, in your view it's much better to supress his speech entirely. BTW...you have NO business labeling it as hate speech unless you know what is going through that persons head.
I had three uncles who served the country they were the children of another who served. My Father served in Korea and his own words about flag burning were." When you burn the flag you do not start a discussion. There is no free speech. There is simply a person trying to pick a fight or a stupid person who wants attention."
So I supose Nam vets (you know with missing arms, legs, PTS etc...were stupid, just trying to pick a fight? BTW....isn't it sad that ANY vet would feel the need to HAVE TO burn a flag to get your attention? Many of us have relatives that served, you and your dad didn't corner the market on opinions on the subject.
I was raised to stand when the national atheme is sung and sing along if I want but I damm well stand. It is done out of respect and love of country. And the memories of those who have died for me to have any freedom.
And your point is what exactly? I stand at the national anthem too, hand over heart and sing along but I STILL support peoples right to burn the flag in protest. This attitude that one can't love our country and protest against it's policies by burning a flag simply doesn't wash.
The value of a flag burner to me is less than I would give most other human beings. Their message is not important even if it's a message I might agree with otherwise.
So all those vets that have burned a flag in protest are "less" in value to you than someone that waves the flag while never having sacrificed anything for their country?
Why Because I had a Grandfather who had a foot nearly taken off by a shell fragment and had to walk with a cane the last 40 years of his life. One of his sons earned the Navy Cross by flying his plane and stopping an attack of Japanese planes from sinking his carrier in 1944. One of my cousins has never fully recovered from his experince in Vietnam but damm if he would ever put up with a flag burning.
Do you think you and yours have cornered the market on sacrifice? You haven't ya know? Many of us have lost family members throughout this nations history. From the countries inception to the present day, we've lost relatives or seen them maimed or emotionally damaged by war.
So to me that flag you so rightously feel is unimportant means a great deal to me. Some of that blood while not mine personally is blood my family gave to this country and I'd like it very much if you did not piss on it.
As well as blood from MY family and Nonny's and millions of other American families and I'd like very much if you didn't piss on the principles represented by the flag, like freedom of speech.