Liberal Bryton, Age 22 thought it would be funny to burn the U.S. Flag so he decided to post a picture of himself online doing just that. Bryton now finds himself in jail, but not for burning the flag. He is jail for starting a fire.
For many the U.S. flag does not have meaning. We have a generation that doesn’t have respect for our country or for the men and women who sacrificed their lives so we may live in freedom. Instead we have a generation that holds out their hand to get ‘their free stuff.”
And we have a generation just like Bryton who say, “I am not proud to be an American. In this moment, being proud of my country is to ignore the atrocities committed against people of color, people living in poverty, people who identify as women, and against my own queer community on a daily basis.
I would like to one day feel a sense of pride toward my nationality again. But too little progress has been made. Too many people still suffer at the hands of politicians influenced by special interests. Too many people are still being killed and brutalized by a police force plagued with authority complexes and racism.
Too many people are allowed to be slaughtered for the sake of gun manufacturer profits. Too many Americans hold hate in their hearts in the name of their religion, and for fear of others. And that’s only to speak of domestic issues.”
UNFORTURNATELY BURNING THE US FLAG IS NOT ILLEGAL
Currently, flag burning is not illegal in the United States. The Supreme Court of the United States in its decision from 1969 has ruled that the burning of the flag is protected by the First Amendment. However, the person who burnt the flag can be found guilty of a misdemeanor for starting a fire without a permit.