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A flashback to when baseball and patriotism were still synonymous:

Ed at Hot Air writes:

I've written about this before at Captain's Quarters, but the context bears repeating. In 1976, a sense of ennui had gripped the nation. In a year-long bicentennial celebration, many wondered if the economic stagnation that had lasted all decade meant that America's best years were in the rear-view mirror. The commercialized bicentennial festivities felt forced and false. It seemed that pride in our country had dissipated into cynicism and retreat.

The unprompted, extemporaneous response to Monday's heroics is the often untold story of that day. Over 40,000 baseball fans saw Monday risk his career by grabbing what could easily have been a fireball to rescue the American flag from a couple of asshats, and suddenly it recalled the real patriotism and passion for America that had been missing in 1976. At first in isolated pockets but soon sweeping around the stands like The Wave would later do, Americans stood up and sang "God Bless America" -- not prompted by the stadium organist but fueled by love of country.

If you saw two men attempting to burn an American flag, would you stop them? Or would you continue on your way? I hope that most of us would intervene, but I fear that we've fallen into the same funk that Ed describes above -- thanks primarily to liberals who hate our country and try their hardest to make patriotic Americans ashamed for their love of country.

This video should serve as a reminder of how precious a symbol our flag is.

Hat Tip: Hot Air


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Comments (18)

If you saw two men... (Below threshold)
Anon Y. Mous:
If you saw two men attempting to burn an American flag, would you stop them?

Depends on the circumstances. If you're talking about something like the situation with the 2 guys trespassing on a baseball field, then sure, a someone who does have a right to be there, like a baseball player, is justified in getting them out of there.

However, the Supreme Court has ruled that in general, flag burning is free speech, akin to carrying a sign. So, I would no more try to illegally interfere with someone legally burning a flag then I would try to tear up a sign that I disagreed with.

If burning a flag is free s... (Below threshold)

If burning a flag is free speech, how about burning a cross?

I think they're both forms of hate speech. Burning is a violence, symbolic or real, that we should not tolerate.

[of course, burning a flag ... (Below threshold)

[of course, burning a flag properly as a form of disposing of it with respect is another thing entirely]

Flag burning is in no way a... (Below threshold)

Flag burning is in no way an expression of free speech. It is wilful and malicious DESECRATION of our national symbol, and by extension, a denial of this country and the ideals it was founded on.

Anon Y Mous,Well, ... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Anon Y Mous,

Well, if burning a flag is free speech than the rescue of a flag about to be burned in a political display is also free speech.

Or can you explain how it's not? On second thought, don't even bother trying to explain otherwise....... asshat!

First off, I would never bu... (Below threshold)
Anon Y. Mous:

First off, I would never burn a flag. I love my country and what it stands for. One of the many things about it I love is our constitution, including the Bill of Rights. If I did want to go out and use my money to purchase a U.S. flag, and then set it on fire as some kind of protest, then I have the right to do so. It's called freedom of speech, and I am very grateful that I live in one of the few countries in the world where that right is protected so vigorously. As the Supreme Court said in Texas v. Johnson:

Recognizing that the right to differ is the centerpiece of our First Amendment freedoms, a government cannot mandate by fiat a feeling of unity in its citizens. Therefore that very same government cannot carve out a symbol of unity and prescribe a set of approved messages to be associated with that symbol . . .

The following year, in United States v. Eichman, they said:

Punishing desecration of the flag dilutes the very freedom that makes this emblem so revered, and worth revering.

I couldn't agree more.

People have their free spee... (Below threshold)

People have their free speech rights. They also should have the exceptions that proactive and incendiary speech and gestures may provoke people to respond. I always find it funny the folks who like to push people buttons are surprised when someone pushes back.

If burning a flag is protec... (Below threshold)

If burning a flag is protected free speech, then I contend that preventing someone from burning the flag is also protected free speech.

If in the process, some flag-burners get socked in the mouth for attempting to interfere with *my* freedom of expression, then I suppose that would be an interesting test case.

Brett, sounds like you have... (Below threshold)
Anon Y. Mous:

Brett, sounds like you have much in common with this guy.

Anon Y MousNice tr... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Anon Y Mous

Nice try at evasion, "I would never burn a flag. I love my country and what it stands for". Bit of a strawman there, isn't that? Did anyone ask you?

No, Brett's offer to flatten someone's face isn't free speech, but at the same time no one is under obligation to subordinate their own free speech to anyone else's. The expression of free speech is equal to all, not just the simple-minded and tasteless.

The concept (not th... (Below threshold)

The concept (not the legal right) of free speech allows folks like the author of this post say these kinds of things:

"....thanks primarily to liberals who hate our country and try their hardest to make patriotic Americans ashamed for their love of country."

We'll see if that notion is followed on this blog as I say that the author is pretty stupid for making such an inane, moronic, factually incorrect, knee-jerk, simplistic, thoughtless, foolish, spittle filled comment.

Oh, and what have you done lately for our country you flag waver you.?

Well JFO, I teach at a coll... (Below threshold)

Well JFO, I teach at a college, I am the advisor to a group that raises money to send care packages to deployed troops. We took cookies and magazines (including puzzle books)down to wounded troops down at Walter Reed. We also write letters to soldiers over seas. I gave a two hour civic presentation about the geology and history of a nearby town (no renumeration). On earth day I picked up trash along the roads. This is all just this year.

What have you done lately?

DavidI'm just one ... (Below threshold)


I'm just one of those "liberals" who "hate our country" by volunteering to serve in the Army for 6 years - no great heroic feats, just someone serving as best I could at the time.

At my school one of my stud... (Below threshold)

At my school one of my students just got out of the army and one of our progressives asked what has he done lately after he mentioned his service.

American Legion scholarship... (Below threshold)

American Legion scholarship committee, volunteer at local hospice, meals on wheels, english tutor at local church. Enough for you now?

But then my question wasn't directed at you was it? It was directed at the right wing asshat, to use her own descriptive term, who thinks patriotism is defined mostly by blindly and unquestionably following the lead of a failed president, by waving an american flag around and calling people who disagree with her America haters. The real America haters are the asshats like her who don't tolerate any deviation from the views of the failed extreme right wing of the conservative movement in this country and who define patriotism by their own views with no tolerance for dissent.

The real asshat and the real America hater is the author of the post.

notiz=civility: civilized conduct; courtesy, politeness

JFO, if you're attempting t... (Below threshold)

JFO, if you're attempting to insult me, you're failing miserably. Please, put a little effort into it next time!

As expected, the ability to... (Below threshold)

As expected, the ability to state a dissenting point is forbidden on this blog. Remind anyone of the 30s and Europe?

notiz=Remember Shawshank? You are obtuse.

JFO...were you biting a pil... (Below threshold)

JFO...were you biting a pillow during those last few posts?






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