Does the First Amendment give us the right to desecrate the American flag?

Or is the flag a sacred symbol of our nation, deserving protection by law?

Tough call? "The Solution" for those who want to light Old Glory on fire,

stomp all over it, or spit on it to make some sort of "statement," I say let them

do it. But under one condition: they MUST get permission from three sponsors.

First, you need permission of a war veteran.

Perhaps a Marine who fought at Iwo Jima? The American flag was raised over

Mount Surabachi upon the bodies of thousands of dead buddies. Each night

spent on Iwo Jima meant half of everyone you knew would be dead tomorrow, a

coin flip away from a bloody end upon a patch of sand your mother couldn't

find on a map. Or maybe ask a Vietnam vet who spent years tortured in a

small, filthy cell unfit for a dog. Or a Korean War soldier who helped rescue

half a nation from Communism, or a Desert Storm warrior who repulsed a bloody

dictator from raping and pillaging an innocent country. That flag represented

your mother and father, your sister and brother, your friends, neighbors, and

everyone at home. I wonder what they would say if someone asked them

permission to burn the American flag?

       Second, you need a signature from an immigrant.

Their brothers and sisters may still languish in their native land, often

under tyranny, poverty and misery.Or maybe they died on the way here, never

to touch our shores. Some have seen friends and family get tortured and

murdered by their own government for daring to do things we take for granted

every day. For those who risked everything simply for the chance to become an

American, what kind of feelings do they have for the flag when they Pledge

Allegiance the first time? Go to a naturalization ceremony and see for

your self, the tears of pride, the thanks, the love and respect of this

nation, as they finally embrace the American flag as their own. Ask one of

them if it would be OK to burn the flag or spit on it.

         Third, you should get the signature of a mother. Not just any mother. You need a mother of someone who gave their life for America. It doesn't even have to be from a war.

 It could be a cop, Or a fireman. Maybe a Secret Service or NSA agent.

 Then again, it could be a common foot soldier as well.

When that son or daughter is laid to rest, their family is given one gift

 by the American people; an American flag. Go on. I

dare you. Ask that mother if you can spit on her flag. Away from family, away

from the precious shores of home, in the face of overwhelming odds and often

in the face of death, the American flag inspires those who believe in the

American dream, the American promise, the American vision...

Americans who don't appreciate the flag don't appreciate this nation. And

those who appreciate this nation appreciate the American flag. So if you want

to desecrate the American flag, before you spit on it or before you burn it,

I have a simple request. Just ask permission. Not from the Constitution. Not

from some obscure law. Not from some gutless politician or the pundits. Instead,

those who have defended our nation so that we may be free today. Ask those

who struggled to reach our  shores that they may join us in the American

dream. And ask those who clutch a flag in place of their sacrificed sons and

daughters, given to this nation so that others may be free. For we cannot ask

permission from those who died wishing they could, just once or once again...

see, touch or kiss the flag thatstands for our nation:

The United States of America,the greatest nation on earth.

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