Desecrating the Flag

This was something I saw from Gerald Masters on He posts first the relevant portion of law, then the story about President Bush. Wasn’t it just a few years ago that the Republicans were all inflamed about flag desecration?

United States Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 8 (g):

“The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any
part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia,
letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any

Now the story:

President Bush signs American flags for workers at Beaver
Aerospace and Defense after speaking about jobs and economic
growth in Livonia, Michigan, Thursday, July 23, 2003.

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3 thoughts on “Desecrating the Flag”

  1. When I was a Boy Scout, I was taught rules of flag handling. You don’t let it touch the ground, you don’t leave it out in the rain, you don’t wipe your sweaty face with it. When it gets tattered, dirty or worn, they told us there was only one way to deal with that – to burn it. You don’t want tattered flags in the land fill, they told us.

    Fast forward 25 years, and people are flying the same nasty tattered flags that they’ve had out for the last 2 years – ever since September 11, 2001. They are sun-faded, gross, filthy and threadbare. Congress periodically gets inflamed over the perils of flag burning. All of this is contrary to what I thought were very sensible rules. Maybe I’m stupid, but I think all this is very screwed.

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