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Flag amendment introduced in House

Flag amendment introduced in House

An amendment giving Congress power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States., H.J. Res 47, was reintroduced in the House of Representatives this week by Reps. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., and Dan Lipinski, D-Ill. The resolutions reads simple, “The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.”

The American Legion supports such an amendment through Resolution  272, passed during the 2012 National Convention in Indianapolis. The resolution states, in part, that The American Legion continue to urge the Congress of the United States to propose and approve an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would allow the Congress to prohibit the physical desecration of the Flag of the United States.”

Legion family members are urged to contact their representatives and ask them to sign on as co-sponsors of H.J. Res. 47. If they already are co-sponsors, please thank them for their support of the amendment.

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R. G. Gulledge

June 11, 2015 - 10:12pm

Some may think and feel our nation’s flag is just a piece of cloth. But it is so much more, and is so in an infinite abundance. Just as our nation was born, based upon what most Americans consider 'their rights', written documents signed by our nations founding leaders, our 'Constitution', & 'Bill of Rights', were set in motion. Basic U.S. Citizen's 'Rights', such as, "All men are created equal", and "We the People", in appointing us the right as U.S. Citizens (not illegal occupant)in being able to cast our vote, and allowing us as citizens to have a say in the laws implemented with our country, state, county, and city. One other symbol that the U.S. Flag represents to me, that I feel must be mentioned is, "The Right to Bear Arms". So, as these visions were actually implemented for real, so was our flag birthed. Just like an infant, to toddler, to young child, to strong teenager, to a strong adult, our flag has grown and developed over time. The growth of our flag has not always been pretty, such as slavery, struggles of prohibition, the sacrifices of the wars and conflicts that we (our nation) has been involved in, struggle for Civil Rights, and more. However, all of these struggles are certainly represented with the survival of our nation’s flag. My very first and earliest memory I have of our nation’s flag, was at various sports events, which occurred before even starting grade school. My father never served in the military, however, I do remember he always took off his hat, and put his hand over his heart. In later years, he confirmed these actions were executed "out of respect for our country's flag, and for all it represents". As I grew up, attended [public] school, and recited the 'Pledge Of Allegiance' daily at the start of each elementary school day, doing so, reminded me that I am an American, and I grew to be proud that I was an American youth, and afforded opportunities that youth in many other parts of the world was not afforded. Later as a youth & teen athlete, all of the Coaches I ever had were all serious in ensuring that their players "show proper respect for our flag, and country", anytime our National Anthem was played prior to a sporting event. Then, upon entering the U.S. Army, I remember the pride I felt in being able to serve, to protect my loved ones, the interests of our country, and even those who have no clue that the rights & opportunities they are afforded, are due to all of the (past & present) U.S. Soldiers & U.S. Veterans who have been dedicated in representing the 'nations finest', and ultimately protecting our nations flag. Our country was built upon the premise and vision of allowing the common day man and woman to make our own choices and decision as to what is best for ourselves, our family and children. I hold an MBA, and a few other degrees, certificates, licenses, et cetera. I am humble enough to realize there are others out there that are 'smarter' than I. However, as one of our United States of America's everyday 'Common Folk', I feel our Flag, the very basic ideology in which it was birthed, has long went by the wayside, and certainly not due to the reasons that many of our politicians will bold face stand and try to 'sell' you on of "why it's in our best interest as a nation". In conclusion, unfortunately my perceptions is OUR Flag & our Nation is...well, ill. Nothing can survive long term if all we do is take, and take, and take. The last democrat whom I even half way respected is JFK. Even as a democrat, he was not a "taker". In fact, one of JFK's most famous statements, or requests to our average 'common folk' U.S. citizen, which was part of his part of J.F. Kennedy inaugural address, are his famous two sentences, "Ask not what your country can do for you! Ask What you can do for your country!" So, do you really think that "We the People" have even remotely been providing proper care for our Flag, and for our country that it represents? So at present, our nation’s flag, as much as I am filled with pride each time I see it, means that we as a nation are in serious turmoil right now. I am still hopeful, that we as fellow citizens will quickly remember that we are all in this together, and realize we must begin to consistently provide a healthier environment for our Flag.

Badger2z

May 31, 2013 - 12:17am

All should all remember we raised our hands and promised to defend the Constitution (the Supreme Law of the Land) not a simple symbol - as important as the national flag is. Increased legislation always leads to less freedom not more protection of freedom. The First Amendment is the first for a reason! The fact is, our country is built on toterance of all ideas and actions, and we volunteered to serve that basic idea. The strength of our Republic is in our philosophy under "We the People" and "All men are created equal. . . " not in colored pieces of cotton, polyester or silk. Why ask Congress to purposefully take more individual rights away from us? If you haven't noticed lately they are not acting universally in the peoples best interests. As Washington stated in his farewell address, factions (parties will be the destruction of America. Until Congress focuses on policy versus politics we should be more interested in restricting them.

Nukeman

May 26, 2013 - 5:01pm

I was seriously disappointed when I read my June Legion Magazine to see Lowrey Finley-Jackson disrespecting the flag by wearing it as a SCARF. She should realize that there is nothing patriotic about wearing a scarf (probably made in China) in the form of the flag that so many have died to protect. Please lose it, maam.

BOB RUCK

June 3, 2013 - 10:15pm

I WAS DISCHGERE IN 62. BEFORE I JOINED THE NAVY ,MY DAD TOLD ME THAT I WAS GOING TO PROTCET : MY MOM,SIS,MY SWEET HEATE,BRO'S;THE OLD MAN THAT I DID NO LIKE;THE LADY WHO CALLED THE COPS EVERY TIME I PLAYED THE DRUMS; THE FINK WHO USED THE FLAG FOR UNDER PANTS;THE PUNK USED HIS BURNING DRAFT CARD TO SET THE FLAG ON FIREAND ALL THE POPLE IN JAIL. I AGRED WITH HIM. I JONED TO DEFEND THIS CONTRY, WHICH OF THOSE AND EVEN YOU. I DO NOT THINK AFLAG IS NOT HAVEING YOU HURID. A HAEV THE POWER TO SPEEL.PRARV

GPHARDING

October 17, 2013 - 6:33pm

...WHAT ????

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