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Anyone else think Americans care too much


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About the flag. We have so many laws about the flag, most of which are probably unconstitutional to promote respect, and I find that ridiculous. I think our Constitution is more important than our flag.
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No.

I consider the repsect paid the flag is more respect for the Men and Women that gave their lives for what it represents.

That's a no.

It's a pretty important symbol.  I don't think Americans care too much about it.

I agree that our constitution is more important than our flag.

 

ETA: And since the constitution is what our service men and women are sworn to defend and protect, they (all I've known anyway) take that way more seriously than any other symbol. Every vet I've ever known, in fact, has ardently defended a college kid's right to burn the flag in protest.

The Constitution is important. So is our flag. Our flag is a symbol that represents our country. I don't think we "care too much" about the flag.

Original Post by kathygator:

I agree that our constitution is more important than our flag.


I agree as well. I kind of skipped over the second part of the question in my zeal to answer the primary question. Is it one or the other?

I think that the laws passed intended to ensure respect for the flag are balanced out by all the American flag jackets, shirts, flip-flops, hats, boxer shorts, belt buckles and other accoutrements that Americans wear in contradiction of the flag code, not to mention the fact that almost nobody takes the flag down at dusk, nor brings it in from the rain. Not even the post office.

So in other words, no I don't think Americans respect the flag too much. And yes, I agree that the Constitution is more important.

Now, what would happen if someone wrote the constitution *on* a flag??? That would simultaneously disrespect the flag while honoring the Constitution.

o.O

Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

I think that the laws passed intended to ensure respect for the flag are balanced out by all the American flag jackets, shirts, flip-flops, hats, boxer shorts, belt buckles and other accoutrements that Americans wear in contradiction of the flag code, not to mention the fact that almost nobody takes the flag down at dusk, nor brings it in from the rain. Not even the post office.

So in other words, no I don't think Americans respect the flag too much. And yes, I agree that the Constitution is more important.

Now, what would happen if someone wrote the constitution *on* a flag??? That would simultaneously disrespect the flag while honoring the Constitution.

o.O

I don't know, but seeing it on a bus last summer kind of pissed me off. But that might have been because of who's bus it was. ;D

Isn't illegal to burn the flag and a guy got into serious trouble because he stiched one onto the bottom of his trousers?

Yes. 

Flags and nipples - Americans seem to go crazy over them.

No, it's not illegal to burn the American flag. In fact that's the method of disposal. Burning it in protest depends entirely on whether or not there is a permit for that.

Original Post by kikt:

Isn't illegal to burn the flag and a guy got into serious trouble because he stiched one onto the bottom of his trousers?

Yes. 

Flags and nipples - Americans seem to go crazy over them.

That last line should be on a T-shirt = )

 

Original Post by kikt:

Isn't illegal to burn the flag and a guy got into serious trouble because he stiched one onto the bottom of his trousers?

Yes. 

Flags and nipples - Americans seem to go crazy over them.

You should see what we do when we see a flag that has nipples on it.

Actually, you shouldn't see that.  At least not if you've got a weak bladder.

...everyone knows we cover up our nipples in the flag...

you betcha.

I, in fact, think Americans care too little in general.

From my anecdotal experience, Americans care about it, would be offended at blatent descration (like burning), but most also recognize the right of a citizen to do so in protest.  I've also observed that the ones who do not agree with that right are often themselves guilty of desecrating it in some other fashion.

Myself:  Aside from not particularly caring for it while recognizing the right of a person to do it, I don't think it's a very effective form of protest.  All it does is piss people off and divert what could be a conversation about a real issue  into a shouting match about patriotism and the 1st ammendment.

And banning flag desecration is a solution in search of a problem.  Maybe it's where I live, but it's not like there's a rash of domestic flag burnings.  However, the moment it's banned, you're certainly going to see some.  All the bills introduced over the years are nothing but political pandering.

Original Post by kikt:

Isn't illegal to burn the flag and a guy got into serious trouble because he stiched one onto the bottom of his trousers?

Yes. 

Flags and nipples - Americans seem to go crazy over them.

*stands and salutes Kat's nipples*

Original Post by kevinatthebrook:

Original Post by kikt:

Isn't illegal to burn the flag and a guy got into serious trouble because he stiched one onto the bottom of his trousers?

Yes. 

Flags and nipples - Americans seem to go crazy over them.

*stands and salutes Kat's nipples*

*gives a mild royal looking smile and wave*

Original Post by kathygator:

...everyone knows we cover up our nipples in the flag...

you betcha.


America. F Yeah.

Can't really comment on whether Americans love their flag too much, because I love my flags Royal Standard of Scotland and the Saltire (not the Jack!) and would be very upset if someone ever set fire to them.

The only difference is we use ours to cover the fanny instead of nipples.

And do you mean fanny in the british sense of the word, or the american?

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