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Trump's / Takei’s Flag Burning Tweets Are Polarizing.

What will we see next?  Women's right to vote being disputed? If we can limit the freedom of speech, why can't we limit the right to vote?

It's not like he has enough to do already, Mr. Trump has decided to stir the "what rights can I f*ck up now" pot so fast he's decided to attack freedom of speech.

Tweeting out this morning we find he's quite patriotic, but dismissive of Supreme Court decisions of the past.

Donald Trump took to Twitter this morning to fire off a deeply disturbing and entirely unprompted attack on the First Amendment rights of Americans to protest as they see fit, casually threatening to strip protesters of their citizenship or send them to jail for flag-burning.

Of course, flag-burning is a protected constitutional right that has been upheld by the Supreme Court not once but twice with broad bipartisan support. “I mean that was the main kind of speech that tyrants would seek to suppress. Burning the flag is a form of expression — speech doesn’t just mean written words or oral words — burning a flag is a symbol that expresses an idea. ‘I hate the government, the government is unjust,’ or whatever.” Those words are not from the American Civil Liberties Union or a liberal pundit – they were said by the now-deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the most conservative men to ever sit the bench. - occupydemocrats.com

 

Is CNN unpatriotic?  After watching the video below, some may think so.  Are it's anchors so anti-Trump that they would support flag burning?  Sorry, my eyes were rolling so please forgive some typos. 

 

 

I don't think flag burning is right, but it is a right.  What about boxer shorts made out of flag print, are they in the wrong, too?  Is it because the fabric is made into a flag that makes the object different than if it were fabric made to cover your ass? Apparently so.  Which is worse, farting on the flag or burning it?  If you are desiring to protect the American Flag and its honor, how far should we go?  Let's ban clothes made from the flag, too?  That most likely not occur.  Sorry for my tangent. 

 

Legendary actor and LGBT activist George Takei had a fiery response for our potential president-elect.

Takei and his parents were interned at the Rohwer Relocation Center in Arkansas during the Second World War simply because they were of Japanese descent. He knows firsthand what it feels like to have your rights stripped away from you, to be loaded onto a train car by armed men, to be forced to pledge allegiance to a flag that waves behind a wall of barbed wire. Our rights and our freedoms are one of the fundamental pieces of our identity as Americans, a source of our national pride and the defining image that we present to the world. It is horrifying to see this minuscule-mitted tyrant threaten the values our nation was founded on with a thoughtless hundred and forty characters.

We have fought to protect it, we've had our rights taken away in its name, and we have battled to be protected underneath it.  It is a symbol of our nation, but it is symbolic for many reasons. 

Did Trump reawaken a debate that needs to be reconsidered?