[MOL] To Those Who Want To Burn The Flag... [00170] Medicine On Line

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[MOL] To Those Who Want To Burn The Flag...

> Just ask permission....
> Does the first Amendment gives us the right to desecrate the American
> flag?
> Or is the flag a sacred symbol of our nation, deserving protection by law?
> Tough call?
> "The Solution"
> For those who want to light Old Glory on fire, stomp all
> over it, or spit on it to make some sort of "statement," 
> I say let them do it. 
> But under one condition: they MUST get permission from three sponsors.
> First, you need permission of a war veteran. Perhaps a Marine who
> fought at Iwo Jima?
> The American flag was raised over Mount Surabachi upon the
> bodies of thousands of dead buddies. 
> Each night spent on Iwo meant half of everyone you knew would be 
> dead tomorrow, a coin flip away from a bloody end upon a patch 
> of sand your mother couldn't find on a map.
> Or maybe ask a Vietnam vet who spent years tortured in a
> small, filthy cell unfit for a dog. Or a Korean War soldier who helped
> rescue half a nation from Communism, or a Desert Storm warrior who
> repulsed a bloody dictator from raping and pillaging an innocent country.
> That flag represented your mother and father, your sister
> and brother, your friends, neighbors, and everyone at home.
> I wonder what they would say if someone asked them
> permission to burn the American flag?
> Next, you need a signature from an immigrant. Their brothers
> and sisters may still languish in their native land, often under
> tyranny, poverty and misery.
> Or maybe they died on the way here, never to touch our shores. 
> Some have seen friends and family get tortured and murdered by their own 
> government for daring to do things we take for granted every day.
> For those who risked everything simply for the chance to become an
> American ... what kind of feelings do they have for the flag when they
> Pledge Allegiance the first time?
> Go to a naturalization ceremony and see for yourself, the tears of
> pride, the thanks, the love and respect of this nation, as
> they finally embrace the American flag as their own.
> Ask one of them if it would be OK to tear up the flag.
> Last, you should get the signature of a mother. Not just any mother.
> You need a mother of someone who gave their life for America. 
> It doesn't even have to be from a war. 
> It could be a cop. Or a fireman.
> Maybe a Secret Service or NSA agent. Then again, it could be a
> common foot soldier as well.
> When that son or daughter is laid to rest, their family is
> given one gift by the American people; an American flag.
> Go on. I dare you. Ask that mother to spit on her flag.
> I wonder what the founding fathers thought of the American
> flag as they drafted the Declaration of Independence? They knew this act
> would drag young America into war with England, the greatest power on
> earth. They also knew failure meant more than just a disappointment. 
> It meant a noose snugly stretched around their necks. 
> But they needed a symbol, something to inspire the new nation. 
> Something to represent the seriousness, the purpose and conviction 
> that we held our new idea of individual freedom.
> Something worth living for. Something worth dying for.
> I wonder how they'd feel if someone asked them permission to
> toss their flag in a mud puddle?
> Away from family, away from the precious shores of home, in
> the face of overwhelming odds and often in the face of death, the
> American flag inspires those who believe in the American dream, the
> American promise, the American vision...
> Americans who don't appreciate the flag don't appreciate this nation.
> And those who appreciate this nation appreciate the American flag.
> Those who fought, fought for that flag.
> Those who died, died for that flag.
> And those who love America love that flag. And defend it.
> So if you want to desecrate the American flag, before you
> spit on it or before you burn it ... 
> I have a simple request. Just ask permission. Not
> from the Constitution. Not from some obscure law. Not from
> the politicians or the pundits.
> Instead, ask those who defended our nation so that we may be free today.
> Ask those who struggled to reach our shores so that they may join us in
> the American dream. And ask those who clutch a flag in place
> of their sacrificed sons and daughters, given to this nation so that
> others may be free.
> For we cannot ask permission from those who died wishing they could,
> just once ... or once again ... see, touch or kiss the flag that stands
> for our nation, the United States of America ... 
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