I didn’t even have a chance to blog about this (and probably blow a gasket in the process), but it seems the flag-burning amendment didn’t get the requisite 67 votes in the Senate. It got 66.
A constitutional amendment to ban flag desecration died in a cliffhanger vote in the U.S. Senate Tuesday, one week before Independence Day, one vote short of the support needed to send it to the states for ratification.
The 66-34 vote in favor of the amendment was a single vote short of the two-thirds required. The House surpassed that threshold last year, 286-130.
The proposed amendment, sponsored by Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, read: “The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.”
It represented Congress’ response to U.S. Supreme Court rulings in 1989 and 1990 that burning and other desecrations of the flag are protected as free speech by the First Amendment to the Constitution.
I love this logic: Our idiotic, pandering law is unconstitutional, so we’d better change the Constitution!
Oh God, pry me away from the keyboard before I bleed from the sputtering rage that wells up every time I think of the fact that 66 United States Senators are so utterly corrupt that they thought it would be a good idea to take away real, actual freedom to protect an abstract symbol of freedom.
The flag is imaginary. Our freedom is (supposed to be) real!
Don’t worry. If you don’t understand, Bill Frist will help you figure it out:
“Countless men and women have died defending that flag,” said Repulican Majority Leader Bill Frist, closing two days of debate. “It is but a small humble act for us to defend it.”
NO, YOU FUCKING IDIOT!!! They didn’t die to protect the flag, they died to protect freedom itself! Who gives a shit about the flag; it’s a piece of cloth, an abstract symbol of our liberty. But fascist fools like Frist would love to steal that freedom away by routing it somewhere else. In this case, they are trying to give a piece of colored cloth more rights than they would give to a human being.
IT’S AN INANIMATE OBJECT! Our constitutionally-protected freedoms are what’s important. The flag is not. We could burn a million flags and not lose one ounce of real freedom. But Frist would rather that we lose our First Amendment free speech rights in a futile attempt to protect a piece of cloth from supposed harm. Fuckwit.
But I don’t for a second think that these politicians are that stupid. They know exactly what they’re doing. I throw the word “fascist” around a lot on this blog. But this is one of those times when you can see that I’m not exaggerrating at all.
I tried not to get upset about this, but when I see such blatant, hideous, satanic idol-worship, I just get so fucking pissed off I could rip Frist’s jugular clean out and use it to wax my boat (if I had a boat).
Our nation is in deep shit. 66 senators just cast a vote for fascism. It passed the House like butter.
We are in deep shit.
God, please save our stupid nation. We are a nation of fascists and idiots, but there are some of us worth saving….Right?