I Can Fix The Flag Burning
I hear that Hillary Clinton cosponsored anti-flag burning legislation today. I think that the consensus about flag burning is that, all though it’s abhorrent, it is a protected form of speech. You can’t circumvent the constitution just because you don’t like the act.
Now saying this, I do have a way to make it all but impossible to burn a flag without there being repercussions. Listen carefully, make owning a flag illegal. That’s right, with my plan, all flags will be owned by the government handed out after filling out the appropriate forms and paying the application fee (fee amount depends on cost of flag). The government will then allow an individual to hold on to the flag but never relinquish ownership to that individual. On the flag will be a small tag stating “U. S. Government property, defacing or destroying is a punishable offense.”
More bureaucracy you say? Not really, flag companies now just have to make you fill out a form letting you know that ownership of the flag is given to the individual and that the money they are paying is to process the application to be a “flag bearer”, for lack of a better description. What abut the people who currently own flags? Well they can keep them until it’s time to dispose of them properly or, for the weenies that like to burn flags, they will probably burn theirs quickly enough, then have to go fill out the application to be a “flag bearer” subject to the laws regarding Federal Property. How can we keep people from making their own flags then burning them? Easy enough; the same way we made making counterfeit money illegal.
I really think I’m onto something here. If there is any lawyer that happens to come across this let me know of the legality of this. I don’t think it would be unconstitutional for the government to pass legislation banning the ownership of flags.