Banning Flag Desecration

Ever wish you could whisper in the president's ear? Give him advice on issues plaguing the nation? Well, here's your chance to tell the world what you would do if you were president of the United States. Twice weekly, we'll ask our readers a question about an issue facing the nation and post your responses here.

Today's topic:

A constitutional amendment to ban flag desecration is headed toward its best chance of passage in 15 years with a cliffhanger vote later this week in the Senate.

As debate opened Monday, supporters and opponents alike said the amendment is within two votes of being sent to the states for ratification. Read more.

If YOU were president, would you speak out in favor or in opposition to a constitutional amendment to ban flag desecration?

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Check out what FOX Fans are saying:

"An American who burns or desecrates the American flag in order to make a statement is, at best, ignorant. But for America's elected leaders to play politics with the U.S. Constitution is sad indeed. It would be even worse if the Constitution were to be defaced with such a ridiculous amendment. This flag burning amendment should be defeated because it is degrading to the Constitution and to the brave Americans who have sacrificed so much for our freedom." — Raymund (Kabul, Afghanistan)

"How is burning the flag an act of free 'speech'? What’s next, desecration of the Lincoln, Washington or Jefferson Memorials?" — Anonymous FOX Fan

"This is a free country. Many people have died to protect that right for all of us. We must cherish our flag and our country, but we must also allow those of our society who disagree with us to protest and burn that symbol." — Doug (Florida)

"I am definitely against someone’s supposed 'right' to burn the American flag. When we say our pledge of allegiance to this country, it is to our flag. The flag means more than just stars and stripes. Each color in the flag has a meaning: red stands for the courage and strength of the men who have fought and died for America, white stands for purity, and blue stands for truth." — Sharon (Dothan, AL)

"I don't believe that flag burning is a freedom of speech issue. If you don't want to fly it, that's your business. But don't try burning our flag in my presence." — Jim (Louisiana)

"I don’t like to see it, but it is a form of protest that I can accept in that men gave their lives to guarantee the freedom of speech for ALL. I love the flag and am proud that we can use it in protest. What other country can say or do that?" — Mike

"There should definitely be a constitutional amendment banning the desecration of our flag. Our men and women have died for our flag." — Sharon

"No one has died for the flag. Soldiers have died for the country. The flag is a symbol, and if people are disrespectful and choose to burn it, it won't affect our security." — Beth (Melville, NY)

"We must tolerate it or we are less of a democracy. This surge of nationalism is disturbing. We tolerated it in the '60s and survived. What’s the urgency now?" — Stan (Philadelphia, PA)

"I guarantee everyone that if this bill passes, burning and desecration will go up, not down." — Anonymous FOX Fan

"I would speak in favor of the ban. A lot of people say that burning the flag is an expression of free speech, protected in the First Amendment, but it's not. The words were meant to be taken in a literal sense, so actions are not speech. If you use the logic that your actions are covered under free speech, then murder, rape, larceny, etc. would be legal because you're just expressing yourself." — Mike

"Freedom of speech is one thing; total lack of respect for country and flag is another. You cannot kill eagles and you should not be able to burn flags. Our flag stands for more than just our country. Anyone who burns a flag doesn’t deserve our respect." — Juli

"If I were president, I would definitely ban desecration of the flag. I truly believe that our founding fathers did not intend this to be part of free speech." — Pam (Cincinnati, OH)

"If I were president, I would oppose the flag amendment. As president, you take an oath to uphold the Constitution. The purpose of the Constitution is to limit the power of government and protect freedom. Any amendment that restricts freedom is technically unconstitutional." — Joe (Olathe, KS)

"Passage of the amendment is a cowardly act that will not accomplish its purpose. It is nothing but political pandering and it shows a lack of faith in Americans to act responsibly. As to it being objectionable to veterans and others, so what? Lots of free speech is objectionable, but it is more objectionable to prohibit it. Wouldn't everyone rather live in a country where we have the freedom to protest, and where so few feel the need to do so? Or, would you rather live in a country where the political leaders can arbitrarily restrict your speech just because they don't like it?" — Jerry (Chicago, IL)

"Old glory is the United States. Saying that the flag is just a symbol is just a way of saying we do not have the courage to defend it." — Sam (Memphis, TN)

"If I were president, I would reject the flag amendment as fundamentally un-American. By criminalizing the desecration of the physical flag, you undermine the very liberty the American flag stands for. If this amendment is passed, then the flag itself loses meaning, which would be a disservice to those who sacrificed their lives protecting it." — Stephen (Knoxville, TN)

"Anyone setting the flag on fire in a public place should be arrested for violating the fire laws. This constitution change to make it a federal crime has all the markings of Nazi Germany." — Bill

"I am in favor of a constitutional restriction on desecrating the American flag. In response to those who say this is a waste of congressional time, I say that Congress hasn't done much of anything useful with its time in recent months, so this might be the one positive thing it will do this session." — Joyce (Phoenix, AZ)