Nori, at her Reading the Times in California blog
, brought my attention to the fact that the Flag Burning Amendment is up for debate again
. It has disturbingly high odds of passing, with even Hilary Clinton saying only that she's studying the issue, instead of condemning the amendment outright. I am reminded of a great letter to the editor in the Contra Costa Times of my childhood: a World War II veteran wrote in something like this: I fought under that flag and I love it. I'll be sad and upset if you burn my flag. But I'll be damned before I let you destroy my Constitution.
Ah, I wish I had clipped it. This is a great graphical essay on Cracking the Flag Burning Amendment
. (Though, obviously I quibble with his implied assumption that all veterans would be for this; clearly, of course, all veterans does not equal the group of veterans you find at the center.)