Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Flag Burning Ban Wins Approval From Senate Judiciary

A proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw the burning of the American flag won the approval Tuesday of a Senate Judiciary Committee split largely along party lines.
Raised by some Republicans as a mark of patriotism this election year, the measure passed on a 11-7 vote and was sent to the full Senate for final congressional approval. While the Senate has repeatedly rejected such measures in the past, both sides predict a razor-close vote this time.
The Judiciary Committee's vote came a week after a divided Senate blocked a White House-backed bid to amend the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage, another issue Democrats have accused Republicans of pushing merely to rally their conservative base for the November elections.

In other words: "Damn, the gay marriage thing didn't divide the nation enough! It even kind of embarassed our control of the Senate. Quick! To the Flagmobile!"

1 comment:

Sporkey said...

You don't understand. They will drag out the flag burning thing again and again until they get it. Fifty years from now, they'll STILL drag it out. (That is, assuming that Bush isn't elected and we go through a totalitarian state.) Same thing with the marriage amendment. Not now. They'll trot it out again and again and again. It's so annoying.