Donald Trump suffers from flag hysteria delusion syndrome along with about 90% of his fellow Americans, including Hillary Clinton, Democrats, Republicans, left, right, center, and all the rest. They think that a fucking flag is sacred -- more important to the people than the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Now, don’t get me wrong; I like the American flag. As flags go it’s a nice flag; a pretty flag. I’ve flown it on my house during Flag Day and the Fourth of July. I’ve waived it as a child at parades. I like to see it fluttering in the breeze. But I don’t worship it. I don’t worship any symbols. No symbol is sacred. Flags are just pieces of cloth. Anyone who thinks otherwise is deluded.
“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” tweeted the Donald yesterday. He believes that Americans who protest government policies by burning the flag should lose their citizenship or go to jail as punishment. People who exercise their First Amendment rights should be punished.
Never mind that the United States Supreme Court has ruled that flag desecration is a classic example of protected speech. Flag burning is a form of political expression protected by the First Amendment. Even Justice Antonin Scalia, the Donald’s hero whom he wants to replicate on the court decided, in Texas v. Johnson, that government attempts to criminalize flag desecration are unconstitutional.
Never mind that the United States Supreme Court has ruled, in Afroyim v. Rusk, that the Constitution does not allow the government to expatriate Americans against their will. The government can’t just cancel a person’s citizenship for any reason let alone for desecrating a fucking flag.
Trump should pull his foot out of his mouth, apologize, and recognize that our citizenship and the right to freedom of speech are far more important to Americans that a pretty piece of cloth. I feel sorry for Trump and others who become hysterical and feel offended by those who refuse to worship the American flag but they need to accept the fact that the purpose of the First Amendment is to protect offensive expression.
He should get treatment for his flag hysteria delusion syndrome