Trump’s recent comments about criminalizing the burning of the American flag have anyone who’s read the constitution and appreciates the latitudes protected by first amendment agitated.
Several years ago, Piers Morgan interviewed Justice Scalia who explained why we are able to burn the flag.
“If I were king, I wouldn’t go about letting people burn the American flag,” Scalia told Piers Morgan in the above interview. “However, we have a First Amendment which says that the right of free speech shall not be abridged, and it is addressed, in particular to speech critical of the government. I mean, that was the main kind of speech that tyrants would seek to suppress.”
“Burning the flag is a form of expression,” Scalia continued. He later added that burning a flag is an action that “expresses an idea.”
Scalia made similar comments over the years, referring to people who burn flags as “weirdos.”
“If it were up to me, I would put in jail every sandal-wearing, scruffy-bearded weirdo who burns the American flag. But I am not king,” Scalia said at Princeton University in 2015.
God bless this man. May he rest in peace.
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