Burning the American Flag Essay

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Burning the American Flag

The American flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, with seven red stripes alternating among six white. In the upper left corner there is a rectangular blue space that contains fifty white stars. The thirteen stripes symbolize the thirteen original colonies of the United states of America and the stars represent the fifty states of the Union. White is said to symbolize purity and innocence. Red symbolizes strength and courage, and blue symbolizes vigilance, perseverance and justice. The flag in simple words is a piece of cloth that has meaning. The flag stands for everything in our country’s past.

The issue of burning the American flag, as a means of expression is continuously argued today. Many
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Every time America has come out of war, the flag has stood strong.

In 1989 the United States Supreme Court ruled that burning the American flag was a form of symbolic speech and therefore was protected by the United States Constitution. What would happen if they took away the right of freedom of speech? How would people express their feelings and emotions towards the government? Many people would feel as though the government was attacking the basis of one of our nation's strongest beliefs. Many would argue over this situation. Protestors would raise all sorts of questions. What is a free nation that does not allow political disagreement? What is a free nation that will not allow itself to be spoken out against? What is a free nation that wants to punish those who oppose its hypocritical principals?

There are always at least two different viewpoints on certain principles that raise question. A neutral position is also held when people can’t choose between two different standpoints. The position that I hold is a neutral position. I defend certain beliefs for burning the flag, and not burning it. In my opinion, I think that burning the flag is one of the worst things that a citizen can do for its country. I feel that if you burn your own country’s flag it is somewhat of a betrayal on the country’s history and past. Many people have pride in their country, as many American’s do, and when a flag is burned in
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