The Act Of Burning The American Flag

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I am an American soldier going on ten years of services in the United States Army.I'm currently a Drill instructor for basic combat training at Ft. Knox Kentucky. I HaveServed in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq and have seen what makes this nation the greatest inthe World. From the horrors of War, to your battle buddies showing strength andkindness during difficult times. Flag burning can be and usually is a very controversialissue with people. Many people believe that the American flag stands for somethingimportant and shouldn't be destroyed in that manner. I'm one of them, others believe thatflag burning is a statement that one should be able to make without major repercussions.Both sides have valid opinions and both sides state their case well. Although I am neithernor or against the burning of the flag, I believe the right should be earned and not betaken away. I believe that if a group of people have valid reasons and a valid point tomake by obliterating a flag in such a way, they should have the right to do it, but theyneed to earn that right. Those people should put there live in harms way for the Flagbefore they can destroy it.The people who are against flag burning seem to generally be those who have servedthis country through war and have sacrificed their time to defend what they believe is thecountry and National colors. They have a strong sense of patriotism to this country andwould die for what it stands for: liberty and freedom. They could compare it to theburning of crosses in front of a church or to the way the Nazis turned a very beautifulsymbol into a racial and religious hate badge for murderers. Disrespect for tradition iswhat it boils down to. From a young age we are conditioned to respect that flaghanging from a pole and to pledge out allegiance. It has been tradition for at least threegenerations. People who have been prisoners of war or people who fought for thiscountry have a reason to respect it so much. The have fought long and hard for what wehave and respect it. Some of our generation do not realize how lucky we have it.A child of this generation could debate how good and pure and wonderful this countryis and could show you how we have had our liberty and freedom taken away to the pointthat we really don't have any. True, we have had our freedom limited a bit, but that isonly for the protection of ourselves from one another and from the government. As far asflag burning goes, people of this generation and other generations, have a right to showhow they feel about what's going on in this country. They feel that this county is doingsomething wrong and that is how they choose to express their grievance. The firstamendment to the Constitution states that "Congress should make no law. . .abridging thefreedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and topetition the government for a redress of grievances." So according to that document, wehave the right to get together peacefully and petition...

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