flag desecration falls by one vote
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Tuesday, June 27, 2006
WASHINGTON — A constitutional amendment to ban flag desecration fell one vote short of the 67-vote threshold needed for Senate passage and referral to the states.
The proposed amendment, sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, read: "The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the
The amendment did not seek to ban flag burning. It sought to give Congress the constitutional authority to define flag desecration and ban that behavior in the future. The careful language was an attempt to get around two Supreme Court rulings in 1989 and 1990 that called flag burning and other desecration protected free speech under the First Amendment.
The vote, one week before Independence Day, is the closest backers have ever come to passage. The previous Senate vote, on March 29, 2000, failed on a vote of 63-37. Last year, the House surpassed the two-thirds threshold to pass the amendment 286-130...
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Being a veteran this saddens me greatly, many people have died protecting this country and the Flag represent their sacrifice. To allow people to burn it, shit on it, piss on it and soil it is nothing but a slap in the face of all those that have come before and after me serving this country.
Here is how the Senate voted. Please note all the traitors to our servicemen and woman and make sure you write them to tell them to get their act together.
My senators happened to split on this vote, being that Senator Stabenow is up for reelection this election cycle she voted for it. Senator Levin is safe till 2008 so he is hoping we forget about this slap in our face by then. The reason I think this was the case is because the Democrats and Republicans both know that the average citizen wants this amendment. So those that are up for reelection will do whatever they have to do, in order to dupe those of us that do not pay attention much throughout the years till it is close to voting again. It is maddening and these people should not be rewarded with their jobs.
As always this is my opinion disagree if you must I look forward to hearing from you.