Wednesday, June 22, 2005


And while we're at it, let's ban kitchen matches

What a relief to see that in these troubled times, we're going to amend the Constitution to make sure nobody can use the U.S. flag for kindling. I'm not in favor of flag-burning--who is, even among those who insist that such an act is a fiery form of protected speech?--but surely we don't need to clutter up the nation's operating instructions with this pointless codicil. And don't even get me started with the cheap, brass-band patriotism. If you believe in the values enshrined in the flag, then you believe that it takes more than a Zippo to eradicate them. "Ask the men and women who stood on top of the (World) Trade Center," said Rep. Randy (Duke) Cunningham, R-Calif. "Ask them and they will tell you: pass this amendment." To be honest, Duke, I'm sure those men and women are much more concerned with fighting an effective war on terrorism than turning the flag into a fetish object.

But I do want to get you started with the "cheap, brass-band patriotism," Mr. Marcus. The clowns to the right of us have been making a lot of noise for way too long. It's time to drown out these blowhards.
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