- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)5
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Woman accused of pushing Wal-Mart employee after theft (9/27/16)
Protection for Old Glory
Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1989 that desecrating the U.S. flag is protected by the Constitution, there have been attempts in Congress to adopt a constitutional amendment that would permit the passage of a law to prohibit using the flag in unseemly ways. For the fifth time in eight years, the U.S. House last week approved such an amendment. The Senate is unlikely to take up the amendment this year.
From 1968 to 1989, a federal law protecting the flag allowed for the prosecution of those who chose to desecrate Old Glory. Polls continue to show that most Americans favor such a law. But until the Constitution is changed, the Supreme Court's ruling prevents the adoption of any laws prohibiting flag desecration or the prosecution of those who do so.
In a nation of laws, there are arguments that can be made about how a our codified limits on what we can and cannot do are wrong. But Americans have always recognized that reasonable limits for the common good are not only useful, but required.
A constitutional amendment to protect the flag is considered reasonable, useful and needed by most Americans.