Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016
Back in 1989, in the case of Texas vs. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989), Antonin Scalia sided with the liberal members of the United States Supreme Court to rule that flag burning was a constitutionally protected form of speech.
It seems Donald Trump disagrees with Antonin Scalia and thinks someone should have their citizenship revoked for burning the flag.
This will, no doubt, give the left major incentive to go out and burn flags either purchased or stolen. Trump can play to his base, the left can be easily manipulated into acting out to confirm Trump’s base’s opinion of the left, and Trump can keep everyone as divided for his purposes as Obama kept people divided for his.
We are entering a brave new world of American politics where the incoming President says inflammatory things on Twitter trying to force people to pick a side. You are either with him or against him, you either agree with him or you do not, and the regular agreement or disagreement thereof will establish you as someone his supporters either listen to or reject. There will be little middle ground left.
Here, at this site, I hope to be in that middle ground of willing to commend him when I think he gets it right, but also pointing out when he gets it very wrong. And in this case, though I find flag burning abhorrent, it is constitutionally protected free speech and I’ll gladly defend someone’s right to be an ass and do it, though I might secretly wish they get singed in the process.