In discussion of country’s ideal, a controversial issue has been if kneeling during the national anthem is disrespectful or not. On the one hand, many argue that they are expressing their first amendment rights. On the other hand, many people believe it’s disrespecting our nation 's ideals and the people who fight for our freedom. My own view is that it is not disrespecting the country’s ideals if the country is not living up to the ideals itself. While people believe kneeling during the National Anthem is disrespecting the country 's ideals, I believe kneeling during the National Anthem is not disrespectful. The United States is not living up to its ideals of freedom, liberty, and justice for all no matter their race. Athletes are bringing awareness by a peaceful protest, which is protected under the first amendment for those who are oppressed.
Imagine you're walking down the street and you see someone taking the one thing you have worked for and they were burning it right in front of you. Would you be angry? Soldiers, who protect us and risk their lives for ours, feel that way. The soldiers represent the flag and they fight to get it in the air, just to watch someone use their rights to freedom of speech and burn it. Flag burning should be illegal because adults make any changes because of the existing laws, children see the negativity of the act, and is disrespectful toward the soldiers who represent the flag.
As of now you are the future president of The United States of America. With that title comes the responsibilities such as controlling foreign affairs, economic issues, and upholding civil rights. With all that said, you can see why it took many by surprise when you used “Twitter” as a means of spreading the message that in a situation where the burning of the American flag takes place, consequences like being jailed for one year and being striped of citizenship should be inforced. Although having pride in one’s nation is important, the act of flag burning should not be punishable; therefore, flag burning should be respected as a form of free expression.
The Confederate Flag has been around for hundreds of years. It has harmed nobody, but it has sparked a debate that has almost divided the country in half over its true meaning. The Confederate Flag was introduced in 1861 as part of the civil war. The flag represented 11 southern states that seceded from the union. The country in which it represented was the Confederate States of America. Now, some of the states in which the flag represented, have designed their state flags off of the original Confederate Flag. The Confederate Flag should be allowed to be flown because it does not represent racism, it is a southern belief, and it violates the first amendment.
The three horizontal stripes of equal height, alternating red and white, with a blue square two-thirds the height of the flag as a canton. The Confederate Flag, which stood for the Confederacy during 1861-1865. Once the American Civil War ended, there has been private and official use of the flag. The flag commonly recognized the symbol of the Southern United States, or also known as the “rebel flag.” Within the 21st century the confederate flag has now become highly divisive symbol in the United States.
Should someone be locked up for burning the American Flag? Yes, because the American represents unity and freedom between all 50 states. Most of the U.S. may have become emotional, because of what happened to the flag. Desecrating an American Flag was a criminal offense in Texas, as it was under federal law and in 48 of the 50 states. Johnson was arrested and charged with violating the flag. The court sentenced Johnson to one year in prison, and a fine of $2,000. Texas reversed Johnson’s conviction and the U.S. supreme court agreed to hear the case. If Johnson is not guilty, then he was right to his freedom of speech, because he burned the flag to get the laws attention
I believe that the American flag needs to be respected no matter what your belief may be. I get protesting the government and all that, but the flag shows us the freedom we have to protest it. What did the flag do to? Nothing, it just shows we have freedom in this country that other countries don’t have. In any other country they could get killed for stepping on their currency or touching their their flag in the wrong place.
A public flag burning in protest of a recently enacted law is protected by the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause. The desecration of flag burning is idiomatic to the 21st century. Flag burning became an issue in the U.S. after the Civil War and since that time has had a drastic history. "Congress passed the Federal Flag Desecration Law in 1968" (Head, 2017). The law banned all exhibition of abhorrence against the flag. However, the ban did not address the other issues dealt with by the state flag desecration laws. Gregory Lee Johnson convicted for burning a flag in protest against President Ronald Reagan's policies in Dallas, Texas in 1984 under Texas' flag desecration statute. (Hall, 2014) Congress opposed Johnson decision by passing the
Some people think the Confederate Flag is racist. Many people believe that the flag stands for an ugly time in our history because the flag was made during a time where people owned slaves and how the black people were unfairly treated. Many years have been passed on but till this day there are many emotions spreading just like wild fire. Another piece of evidence is that even in the year 2015, by displaying the flag everyone knows it means hostility, which means someone may not be showing an act of kindness which in this case it may offend many people due to its background history. So if the flag were to be displayed many people can take it to offense and may not show any respect of what this flag has done and is. As a result the Confederate flag shows many signs of disapproval and many signs of unkind emotions.
The colors red, white, and blue all have a great significance in America; hence it represents Old Glory and symbolize the liberties of the nation. All, in which, with blood, tears, and sweat were fought for. However, when it comes to burning the flag, is it considered a sign of disrespect and hatred towards all the sedulous founding fathers that brought upon this nation? “Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, and right to petition” are all part to the First Amendment to the part of the United States Constitution and the United States Bill of Rights. Therefore, when mentioning the burning of the American flag, the action is fully supported under freedom of speech and expression. It is also because of the first amendment, that I believe the government should maintain the right of the individuals to express their dissatisfaction with the government, through the act of flag burning and not amend the constitution to make such right illegal.
If Donald Trump had his way “People who burn the flag should have their citizenship revoked or spend a year in jail.” The flag of the United States of America represents freedom. Burning the flag is a sign of disrespect to the country and to the people who served and died trying to protect it. Just because people have a right of free speech don't not mean they have the right to burn the United States Flag.
Flag protection, or making it a federal crime to deface the American flag, is the very definition of hypocrisy. It is by no means acceptable to deface the flag – in the same way it would be unacceptable to call other people names or insult religions – but freedom of speech must extend to the freedom to offend others, lest it no longer be freedom of speech, but only freedom to speak what the government wants to be spoken. This may start with a protection of the flag, but it will eventually result in a society of censorship. If the government is able to censor what is thought, spoken, or believed, then we are no better than countries who censor everything, and the experiment of America – that a society can be formed based on equal freedom for all – has failed.
In 1989 Congress passed the Flag Protection Act, which made it clear that any individual who “knowingly mutilates, defaces, physically defiles, burns, maintains on the floor or the ground, or tramples upon” an American Flag can be prosecuted (get a fine or risk jail for year). The Act was passed after Supreme Court had made a law, which said that all flag destruction was forbidden. The law violated the 1st Amendment about free expression. Congress found a solution by passing the Flag Protection Act. In 1990 Eichman and others set fire to the American Flag several places, both on the stairs of Capitol and in Seattle. The United States charged them for setting fire to the flags on purpose. The flag burnings had all happened
How is it acceptable to burn the country’s flag as a form of protest? Flag burning is the act of burning a flag to make a statement or to protest an issue. To burn a flag usually in a public place is to show a distaste for the government. Flag burning is a controversial issue that pits two groups against another. These two groups of people would be those for flag burning and those who are not. Different groups in the past have burned the American flag in their protests to show how they feel. An example would be the black lives matter protests that took place in Ferguson Missouri and the Baltimore riots. These groups were voicing their opinions but it’s not ok to burn the American flag. Some protesters have even done it right in front of the