The freedom of speech is one of our most sacred rights. It gives every American the right to speak their mind, without fear that the government will suppress or arrest them.
While this is a vital right, it can easily be abused. The right to speak your mind also gives the right for others to speak theirs, even if what they have to say is wrong or offensive. But that doesn’t mean our freedoms should be infringed; it is the price we pay to live in a society with unprecedented liberties.
Democrats are quick to jump all over Republicans for anything that seems politically incorrect—even when they held to the same position! They caricature and demonize conservatives on complicated moral issues, and the left just got caught doing this to Donald Trump, criticizing him for taking the same position Hillary did only 10 years ago.
Frequently our government is posed with challenges to this freedom. One of the biggest is the burning of the American flag. How can someone that embraces the American right to free speech also show such disrespect to the country by burning its flag? It’s a hard question to face.
Donald Trump recently made remarks in defense of the American flag, remarks which–of course–the left were quick to jump on.
Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016
But little did they know (or remember), Hillary Clinton did more than just make remarks. She tried to outlaw burning the flag.
President-elect Donald Trump isn’t the first person to propose punishment for burning the American flag. Consider the Flag Protection Act of 2005, co-sponsored by then-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D.-N.Y.).
“Any person who shall intentionally threaten or intimidate any person or group of persons by burning, or causing to be burned, a flag of the United States shall be fined not more than $100,000, imprisoned for not more than 1 year, or both,” read the bill, which Clinton co-sponsored the day it was filed by Sen. Robert Bennett (R.-Utah), along with Sen. Barbara Boxer (D.-Calif.), Sen. Thomas Carper (D.-Del.) and Sen. Mark Pryor (D.-Ark.).
A $100,000 fine and one year in prison is pretty serious punishment for destroying a flag. But those were the penalties Clinton was fine with imposing on every America. Yet again we see the left and liberal media quick to attack Trump over mere words, while ignoring the actual actions committed by former Sen. Clinton.
I for one am opposed to the burning of the American flag. I don’t know if Trump’s suggestions are the best approach at stemming such a terrible act, but at least he is taking a stand for our nation.