As many of you may know I am a ResearchDiva or a Google Queen. If I don’t know the answer I will research or hunt until I find out what it is. Going hand in hand with that is the fact that I tend to be verbose, unable to define the word “IT” in under 400 words or less. Both of these ideas became apparent last night when my 19 year old asked me if it was illegal to burn an American Flag?, and could President Elect Trump jail an offender or deport an American Born citizen for doing so?
Enter Google… From the online Law Dictionary
- “Currently, flag burning is not illegal in the United States. The Supreme Court of the United States in its decision from 1969 has ruled that the burning of the flag is protected by the First Amendment. However, the person who burnt the flag can be found guilty of a misdemeanor for starting a fire without a permit.”
- “Natural-born U.S. citizens may not have their citizenship revoked against their will, but may choose to renounce their citizenship on their own.”
The above being said, I don’t believe that Flag Burners are right or correct in their actions, but they are protected. In the current climate there would be an awful lot of prisons full of people accused of starting a fire without a permit. I think we have better things to do with our time and criminal justice resources. As for the second point, he isn’t going to be able to revoke anyone’s citizenship for it either.
He is full of hot air and bluster, carrying on with his Twitter account to his followers because it seems like a good idea at the time. I wish he would really think before he opens his mouth or lets his fingers do the walking. This country was founded on the ability to protest, I am sorry that he doesn’t like it. But we do not work for him, we are not members of the Trump Payroll. Therefore we have the right to speak against him. As generations before us have spoken out against presidents that they did not agree with.
That is what makes this country great, the ability to speak our mind and have differing points of view. If you plan to take away that right you have another thing coming. Never Mind the 2nd Amendment and the Right to Bear Arms. How about the 1st Amendment and the Right to Free Speech? That means way more to me than any gun or rifle. The right to speak my mind, have freedom of the press, and the right for different religions to practice freely in this country, all of them, not just the ones that you and I agree with.