Posted on May 3, 2015
SrA Charles Taylor
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I personally feel that desecrating our Nation's flag is not free speech. Burning and stomping upon our flag, in my honost opinion, is an act of agression towards everthything that flag represents; which includes the Constitution of the United States and its first 10 admendments (known as the Bill of Rights). A line has to be drawn somewhere. Demonstrators can still say what they want without throwing the American flag on the ground and walking all over it.
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PO1 Command Services
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Current White House petition, calling on the government to provide protections in honoring the American Flag that many Brothers and Sisters have given their lives to protect.

Source: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/reinstate-flag-code-and-make-it-criminal-offense-desecrate-flag
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I replied to a similar post earlier, and I try to be efficient, so...

We don't swear to protect the flag. We don't swear to protect the government. We swear to protect the Constitution. We swear to support and the defend the right of every person to exercise their right to free speech. Protest against the government (including through desecration of the flag) is, without question, the right of the people. At the end of the day, the flag is just cloth, it is a SYMBOL of the freedom we serve to protect and defend. While people may desecrate the cloth flag, they are exercising their rights to free speech - and their right to free speech is what we defend - not a flag. I'm not willing to lay down my life from a flag - I'm willing to lay down my life for the freedoms that the flag symbolizes.

It may not look right or feel right and it may hurt your feelings, but you have to accept that THIS is EXACTLY what we need to be defending the right to do.

Voltaire said something to the affect of, "I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." That is our job. That is our mission. And the fact that people CAN do this freely and without being dragged about by the government or arrested by the police means that, for now, we are doing our job.
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SGM Matthew Quick
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It hurts...but we fight for their right to do such foolishness. To those people, I say, "You're welcome."
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