Flag shenanigans part 4
Brian Leiter posts this essay from Counterpunch:
...the last refuge of a scoundrel is patriotism, and the scoundrels infesting the capital, who put this country into an unwinnable and pointless war based upon lies, along with the gutless sycophants in Congress who backed them, are now being increasingly called to account by an American public finally grown weary of the war and the lies.
What to do? Dredge up that moldering corpse—the flag protection amendment.
The joke is that the flag is desecrated daily for commercial purposes, waving proudly in front of the corporate headquarters of war profiteers like Haliburton, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Bechtel, GE, Westinghouse and Exxon Mobil ... It decorates all manner of commercial products from the backsides of women’s shorts to a line of patriotic condoms.
... What a pathetic joke it will be for future schoolchildren, reading the high-minded...words of the Constitution...when they come to this cheap amendment telling them that the beautiful First Amendment guaranteeing free speech which they read earlier is not really true: If they want to protest government actions by burning a piece of red, white and blue cloth, they can be locked up.
And all to cover up the mendacity and cowardice of a gang of war criminals in 2005.
I suspect that the early 2000s in general will be seen by future generations as something of a sad joke.