"Our country's unique because our dissidents have a voice," said Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, a World War II veteran who lost an arm in the war and was decorated with the Medal of Honor.I'm very thankful for people like Inouye who believe that pre-existing Constitutional amendments should trump new ones.
"While I take offense at disrespect to the flag," he said, "I nonetheless believe it is my continued duty as a veteran, as an American citizen, and as a United States senator to defend the constitutional right of protesters to use the flag in nonviolent speech."
28 June 2006
Congress's second recent attempt at a Constitutional amendment failed yesterday by one vote. The amendment, which the Associated Press reported on today, was an attempt to ban flag burning. I could talk all I wanted about this amendment, but a legislator has already said it better than I could: