As a semi-followup to my distress over the ongoing disrespect to the national anthem, a great moment of respect for a better symbol of our nation: the flag.
As bad as the anthem disrespect is, it is less of a big deal in the sense that it’s only been the national anthem since about 1930 and we’re always talking about changing it. It’s a much more mutable symbol of our country than the flag. Disrespect for the flag, including burning it, seems to me far worse than bungling the anthem or twisting the purpose of singing it. I’m a big believer in free speech and I don’t think flag burning should be outlawed. But I think flag burners should feel the weight of our disapproval; as they have free speech, so do we. And these two bozos had the right to burn the flag, but not in that place and at that time. The way people responded to them is wonderful, just priceless. Ed Morrissey has a lot more about this at his post, Happy Flag Day.