Thursday, June 23, 2005

Flag Burning Part II

Just when I thought I had found the most absurd quote about flag burning... In my last post I recounted former U.S. Rep. Douglas Applegate (D-crazyville) who said in 1989 that the Supreme Court's ruling striking down a Texas law banning flag burning was "the greatest travesty in the annals of jurisprudence." Not one of the greatest travesties, but THE greatest travesty. Well, I was wrong that it was the most insane quote on the topic. Yesterday, as the House got down to really important business by passing a Constitutional Amendment banning flag desecration, U.S. Representative Randy (Duke) Cunningham (R-CA) actually said, "Ask the men and women who stood on top of the Trade Center. Ask them and they will tell you: pass this amendment." Wow. It's going to be hard to top that. Forget about his house deal troubles or the fact that the FBI has issued subpoenas in an unrelated matter involving the Duke. If crazy were a crime this guy would get life just for his flag amendment statement. And remember, this wasn't some off the cuff comment. This was actually prepared in advance to be read on the House floor. A goverment as good as its people? Are the people of the 50th district including San Diego, La Jolla, Del Mar and Carmel Valley that nuts?

Also, late Wednesday, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., revealed that she would vote against the measure. "I don't believe a constitutional amendment is the answer," Clinton, a possible presidential candidate in 2008, said in a statement. The Curmudgeon was wrong in his prediction about Hillary. And that makes me even more cranky.


Blogger scott heiman said...

Flag Burning, up there with Schiavo in terms of gov't importance.

I think there was 1 case of Flag Burning last year in this country.

There was 1 case of Terry Schiavo that happened in this country.

And yet, our Congress views this ahead of providing health care to 45 million of its citizens. They view it as more important than our air, water and land being polluted beyond our use and actually to the detriment of our health.

Throw them all out! Seriously!

12:49 PM  
Blogger FABabe said...

Amen. Doesn't Congress have beter things to do than this. Where's the need? When is the country going to wake up to the craven opportunists they've (we've) sent to do our bidding.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Henry said...

I oppose the flag-burning amendment, but I hate the argument that there was only one case of flag burning last year. If there had been 100 or 1000 cases, would that make it a problem? Would it be ok to lock up 100 or 1,000 people? Of course, if the amendment is enacted, then there will be thousands of flag-burnings in protest. Is that what the amendment's advocates want?

1:27 PM  
Blogger bigdogpr said...

I live in "dukes" district... I went to one of his speeches when he was first elected.. he talked of two things; saving this nation from anti-christan groups and flag burning... he didn't just talk of it..that WAS his speech... his district is upper class yet WE continued to vote him in because he has a "R" by his name... he hasn't done anything since joining congress and his defense of his Housegate actions are worthless. I hope the good people in our district finally see through his crap and see him for what he really is interested in; money and power. I'm glad that two faced piece of crud finally is getting what he deserves... ridicule and scorn...

P.S. and don't forget his incredibly articulate attack on Rep. Pat Schoeder (sp?) a few years back... "shut up you communist" is, in hindsight, his most intelligent floor perfomance...

1:57 PM  
Blogger scott heiman said...

I don't disagree with you, Henry, but the point is this isn't a burning (pun intended)issue.

That being said, I don't like the issue because it is only for political purposes. Nobody fought or died for the flag, they fought for what the flag stands for. And that includes burning the very symbol that they fought for.

4:25 PM  

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