It’s really disturbing when you see images, as Peppermint reminds me, of people stomping on or destroying the flag. And it’s not elsewhere, it goes on right here at home. They call that freedom of speech, protected protest. Yada yada.
18 U.S. Code § 700 – Desecration of the flag of the United States; penalties
PUBLIC LAW 101-131—OCT. 28 1989
(1) Whoever knowingly mutilates, defaces, physically defiles, burns, maintains on the floor or ground, or tramples upon any flag of the United States shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both.
(2) This subsection does not prohibit any conduct consisting of the disposal of a flag when it has become worn or soiled.
(b) As used in this section, the term “flag of the United States” means any flag of the United States, or any part thereof, made of any substance, of any size, in a form that is commonly displayed.
(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed as indicating an intent on the part of Congress to deprive any State, territory, possession, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico of jurisdiction over any offense over which it would have jurisdiction in the absence of this section.
(1) An appeal may be taken directly to the Supreme Court of the United States from any interlocutory or final judgment, decree, or order issued by a United States district court ruling upon the constitutionality of subsection (a).
(2) The Supreme Court shall, if it has not previously ruled on the question, accept jurisdiction over the appeal and advance on the docket and expedite to the greatest extent possible.
For information regarding constitutionality of this section as amended by Pub. L. 101–131
, see Congressional Research Service, The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation, Appendix 1, Acts of Congress Held Unconstitutional in Whole or in Part by the Supreme Court of the United States. [source
They can call it whatever they want, but we know what it is. That is the reason they do it, because it does disturb and irritate people. If they cannot get their way they desecrate the flag, Old Glory. They know it will get attention and it does.They understand it is attached to something respectable.
It’s long been known that one of the Left’s pet peeves is nationalism. At least until now the left has been die-hard anti-nationalist. Now that they have a king on their throne it is a little different. But Obama is anti-nationalist — the common conception of it.
In 1776, Thomas Paine wrote in “The American Crisis” what is true again today:
THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to tax) but “to bind us in all cases whatsoever,” and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.
Dare I say in these days even the sunshine patriot is a fleeting concept, at least on the left. If we cannot stand together against the enemy as one, then our days may be numbered. The left wants us to witness their anger and disdain for our founding principles — or unifying nationalism in general — but they do not want us to understand its source. They don’t want us to perceive rebellion for the sake of rebellion. They don’t want us to see that sentiments of hatred and resentment drive it.
The wisdom is a house divided cannot stand. They want to see to it we cannot stand or that we cannot stand for fundamental principles, nor unify under them. As much as they detest a nationalistic sense of patriotism, they demanded a king and got one. Never mind those two things — anti-nationalism and Obama — should be diametrically opposed to each other. They want a rebellion spirit to replace nationalism.
“And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.”
They want no nationalist pride and loathe it. Not every leftist, but those leading the parade are so it does matter. They are determined to break us down to factions and divide us. But they want us united over gay marriage, illegal immigration, or against a “Republic for which it stands”. Unite Blue, as they say. They want us united in bitterness toward America. The Bill Ayers types are no longer agitators in the back of the classroom; they’ve been promoted to class presidents, scholars, and experts on the matter.
In the hypocritical world of the left, they want to divide and conquer but also want unity under a banner against America, against our ancestors, against history, against God and country, against patriotism. But it must be replaced, under a similar banner, with exactly the opposite and called ‘better and more perfect’ even righteous. (in their perverted sense of righteous fervor) Just like they turned abortion rights into an altar of the Left. Just as they are now doing with gay marriage, and what they are trying to do with illegals and open borders.
It makes perfect sense, at least to the left, to preach unity to the Right while taking the most divisive stands they can. The resulting friction and dispute is what they want over the ugly nationalism they despise. Yet there are indications that they have great respect for nationalism when they see it in any other country — whether it be Chilean miners, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Cuba, or Palestinians. Put a cause with unifying nationalism in other places and they are all for it. Better still, put it under a flag to unite under.
Why do we think they are so schizophrenic about ISIS? “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.” Even faced with the facts they will obfuscate to make excuses for the terrorist. Blame their actions on America. It’s perfectly rational to them. So a convicted cop killer rotting in prison garners their sympathy and support. They’ll turn a blind eye to what he did calling him/her a good and compassionate person. And once locked into misplaced support, they are in it until the end.
To you and I those don’t sound like unifying things or ideas. But to the left they perform a very practical function — to attack anything that stands for God-fearing principles, or the nationalism it incorporates. Better chaos than that. Better divide and conquer than live under its rubric. And they find it therapeutically unifying to oppose that: Viva la rebellion. In the end, they want national unity of a different sort. They admire nationalism in Chile, in Cuba, in Russia, or in regimes far removed from justice.
They resented the House impeachment process of Clinton, yet demanded it for Bush. They detest the suggestion of impeachment under Obama to the point of creating an unimpeachable POTUS. They use any possibility of impeachment as a fundraiser. Congratulations, you have gotten what you wanted all along: unimpeachable injustice. A cause du jour worth fighting for.
Paine said, “I cannot see on what grounds the king of Britain can look up to heaven for help against us.” I can’t see on what grounds Obama could look to heaven for help against us.
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