Freedom Before Fabric
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and promise to the freedom for which it stands, that I too, shall stand for nothing less.
America remains a beacon of hope in a struggling world. Our flag represents the many unique freedoms granted to our citizens as constitutionally guaranteed rights. Any infringement upon these rights would reduce our national symbol of freedom to meaningless threads of red, white, and blue.
Should the act of flag burning dissent become punishable by law, it will be incumbent upon every freedom loving American to resist, flags ablaze. We can never allow such a perversion of freedom to undermine the very symbol of the same. In America, we have made it a tradition to protect liberty above all, along with every risk, consequence, and discomfort that inherently comes with it.
Brave American men and women in uniform should not be scapegoated by those aiming to infringe upon the inalienable rights guaranteed to the American people. We must honor their defense of freedom around the world by doing our part to defend it here at home.
Our enemies can threaten our safety but only our government can threaten our freedom.
If you want to disrespect a serviceman who has put their life on the line for your freedom; let them return home to a land where the freedom they fought for has vanished. If you want to add insult to injury, tell them that you championed the denial of the first amendment right to free speech and dissent in America so as to honor their sacrifice. Only then might they realize that the real fight to protect our freedom was happening right here in America all along.
I have never burned an American flag; the notion is despicable; the image is uncomfortable, and the alternatives are countless. I can’t think of a single good reason to burn an American flag, aside from the denial of my right to do so.
My painful promise to Old Glory, is that I will light my match upon her glorious stars and stripes the very moment she is exploited to justify laws against the very freedom she represents.
The flag I love would demand her defenders burn her fabric before her freedoms.
The flag I love would offer herself in solidarity with the free people for whom she flies.
The flag I love would make the ultimate sacrifice, laying down her life in the name of freedom, as so many American heroes have done before.
So, when and if a law should come to pass - freedom lovers everywhere must stand together, flags aflame, so that the greatest symbol of freedom the world has ever seen may rise again from the ashes to fly above a truly and uniquely free America.
I have never set fire to the American flag, and I do not want to start now, but when and if that becomes the only option left to defend it, please pass the matches.