Over the weekend President Trump tweeted that he wanted congress to amend the constitution in order to ban burning the American flag.
All in for Senator Steve Daines as he proposes an Amendment for a strong BAN on burning our American Flag. A no brainer!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2019
I voted for Trump in 2016, and I’m going to vote for him again in 2020. With that said, this is just stupid. I would never burn the American flag because I’m not an asshole. But burning the American flag is free speech. It’s offensive to many, but this blog exists to fight for the right of people to say things that might offend other people.
Meanwhile, we’re out here fighting a way to get tech companies to stop censoring people like Turtleboy who think independently and use “offensive” language to call people out for their shitty behavior. Trump has our back in that fight, and then he goes and tweets this which completely undermines everything we’ve been fighting for. You can’t pretend you care about free speech if the only speech you’re interested in protecting is speech that doesn’t offend you. The only type of speech that should be banned is speech that directly calls for other people to murder or physically harm another human being. You can burn a flag, you just can’t burn someone else’s flag, or burn a flag and use it to burn someone else’s house down.
I really hate flag Nazis, and talked about it on the Live show last night. It’s faux patriotism to worship the American flag. I love this country because I’ve studied its history. It’s the greatest country that has ever existed. It formed around the idea of individual rights, not blind worship to central government. It was the guiding force in ridding the world of Nazism and Communism. It’s responsible for technological and medical advances that have made our lives more prosperous, convenient, and longer. I worship those values, not a flag.
The people who freak out about the flag the most don’t know shit about our country’s rich history. They just get off on being what they believe is patriotic by going around and looking for people who don’t worship the flag in the same way they do.
That’s why I really didn’t give a shit about NFL players kneeling a couple years back. I wanted them to stand because I disagreed with the reason they were protesting and wanted them to lose. They were misguided and stupid, and they couldn’t understand the concept that while you’re at work you don’t get to do everything you want to do, especially if it costs the company money.
But I just couldn’t be bothered to give a shit. During Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals while the National Anthem was being sung I looked around the bar and noticed not a single person was standing or paying any amount of reverence to the song. Why not? I thought it was this sacred thing we all had to worship? Does it only have meaning if you’re actually in the building where it’s being sung? See how stupid that sounds?
Luckily most conservatives I’m seeing on Twitter get this, which gives me hope that the right truly believes in free speech. Unfortunately not all are on board…..
If I were President, the punishment for burning the U.S flag would be the renunciation of citizenship.
No jail time, no fine— simply one year to liquidate your assets and get the hell out of our country.
In exchange, we’d extend citizenship to a hardworking LEGAL immigrant.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) June 16, 2019
Liquidating your assets and getting kicked out of the country because you burned a piece of cloth. Seems totally reasonable and not authoritarian at all. Candace Owens is really good sometimes, but she’s also like 29, has no worldly experience, and always blindly says that whatever Trump is doing is great. This is why it’s hard to take her that seriously. Don’t get me wrong, she’s entertaining and roasts a lot of people I hate. But at this point she’s basically the black Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She’s also completely ignorant of history:
1A has limitations. You can’t yell fire in a movie theatre without consequence. You cannot yell racial epithets at someone without consequence. And if I were President, you sure as hell wouldn’t burn a flag without consequence.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) June 16, 2019
People who routinely bring up “You can’t yell fire in a movie theater” as a reason to limit speech should be laughed at and mocked relentlessly. I see this all the time, and it’s just a huge lie. You can yell fire in a movie theater. I know this because the SCOTUS decision she’s referencing is Schenk vs. United States, and the guy she’s quoting is Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. Some radical was handing out anti-war pamphlets during World War 1 and Congress passed a law saying he couldn’t do that. He challenged it to the Supreme Court and lost. However, in 1969 Brandenburg vs. Ohio overruled this decision and made it clear that even douchebags like the KKK could say the most offensive things possible. So people who still quote Holmes have no clue what they’re talking about, don’t really have any principals, and shouldn’t be looked to as leaders of any movements.
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