Friday, August 26, 2005
Burn A Flag, Save The Constitution
Recently I've been inundated with comments suggesting that I endorse flag burning. The flag is a piece of cloth these days made in China used to represent our country and all it's freedoms which are guaranteed to all under the constitution. Some of those rights is the freedom of expression and the right of freedom of speech. And if you are an inarticulate war protestor whose brain is foggy from too much pot inhalation, perhaps burning a flag is the only way to express your dissatisfaction that is increasingly unresponsive to the demands of it's citizens. If you bought the flag, you should have every right to do with as you wish, as long as you do it on your property.
In the Clinton administration there was much ballyhoo about hate crime legislation following the murder of a gay man by homophobic gomers. Which, as far as I remember, murder is still a crime, how many life sentences can a person serve for the same crime? This led to a number of other acts to be classified as hate crimes, including cross burning. Once again, if a bunch of sheet wearing inbred yahoos want to meet on private property and burn a cross as part of some bizarre racist ritual, that's there right. It's only when you burn a cross on someone else's lawn that it becomes a crime. And, too, if burning a cross is a hate crime, then perhaps burning a flag should be as well.
Recently the Bush released it's "Report on Global Anti-Semitism". It made the recommendation that critism of Israel and it's leaders be a hate crime. Huh? Wha? Let me see, you can criticize France, you can criticize Venezuela, you can even criticize the good old U.S. of A, but criticize Israel? To me, this sets up a dictatorship by proxy where Israel can do as damn well it pleases, even attack the US and the American people can't say a word about it. It will even be a crime to suggest that Israel owns the US Congress!
Another recommendation is that criticism of Zionism also be made a hate crime. I've read lots of people criticize lots of other different religions, from Catholicism to Islam, but only Zionism is protected from criticism under these recommendations. Also, Holocaust denial is a hate crime, but perhaps even loonier are the people who would deny that it took place. Also, Mel Gibson's "The Passion Of The Christ" would become illegal because accusing Jews of being Christ-killers would be deemed a hate crime.All this is sure to pass as AIPAC does in fact own our congress. They have a nifty little scam going where Israel recieves $3 billion in aid annually from the US, then uses it to buy congressmen willing to send more aid, or defeat congressmen critical of Israel. Then, the congress, knowing who their masters are (and it's not the American people, just look at the percentage of people who support the war in Iraq vs. Bush's steadfast refusal that such a colossal blunder was a mistake) vote to send more aid to Israel. At the last AIPAC Congress, US politicians from both parties sucked up to them in order to get support for their next office bid. Bill Clinton even said at one point"I'd die for Israel". This from a guy who declined to serve his country in VietNam.
So my recommendation is you do two things. One: burn a flag, just make sure it's an Israeli flag. Two: do quickly because this is what Israel wants, and like the war in Iraq they desired, they are sure to get their way, after all, they paid a lot of our money to buy our congress.