June 23, 2005

My Letter To Senator Dave

In case you don't know, Senator David Vitter is one of the two who represent Louisiana in congress. This link is how he is contacted via website.

This was the form letter they send out to all of the opposition to the Flag Desecration Constitutional Amendment.... now tell me if his rhetoric isn't 100% grade "A" bona fide republican bullshit:

>Dear Mr. Badeaux,

Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition for a constitutional amendment to ban desecration of the U.S. flag. I appreciate hearing your views on this important issue.

In 1968, Congress passed the Flag Protection Act, which prohibited flag desecration to prevent those protesting the conflict in Vietnam from burning the American flag for which our soldiers were fighting and dying. This Act was upheld by federal and state courts for twenty years. However, in 1989 and 1990 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in two separate cases that burning the American flag during a political protest is constitutionally protected free speech ( Texas v. Johnson and United States v. Eichman ).

Since the Supreme Court's rulings in 1989 and 1990, each Congress has considered a constitutional amendment to empower Congress to protect the physical integrity of the American flag. Under the First Amendment to the Constitution, every American has a right to free speech. However, I do not believe that this freedom can be extended to the act of burning the American flag. The American flag is a symbol of hard-won freedoms, including the freedom of speech. The act of burning the flag shows a lack of respect for the men and women who have died to make the United States of America what it is today. Unfortunately, I must respectfully disagree with you on this issue.

Thank you again for contacting me, and please feel free to contact me in the future about issues important to you.

Sincerely,
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Senator David Vitter
United States Senator

This is my letter back:

Dear Senator Vitter,

Your explaination and reasoning make no logical sense. Basically, you claim that by taking away our right to free speech via burning a flag, whose meaning and integrity is completely relative to the individual, that it will somehow help preserve our other freedoms? That's just plain ridiculous. What the flag means to you doesn't reflect what the flag means to others. It's physically just a pattern of stars, stripes, and color usually on fabric... nothing more. Since when did disrespect become a crime anyway? I also completely disagree with your view on soldiers and disrespect. I believe that the proud men and women of the United States military fought and died for the same rights that you wish to tear from our Constitution. You will probably fail to see the error of your logic. I can understand that no politician would want the mudslingers to twist your support of the First Amendment with the falsehood that you supported flag burning during a re-election campaign. Doing what's right and just should take substantial priority over covering your political arse any day. I suppose that the ideal world in which I dream of living in could never possibly exist as long as personal agendas are instilled in every corner of our government.

I wish you a shortened political career. It's not one issue that makes a senator wrong for society, but the way he apparently thinks.

Respectfully,
Corey Badeaux

On a side note: Representative Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, whose district includes the site of the former World Trade Center, said "If the flag needs protection at all, it needs protection from members of Congress who value the symbol more than the freedoms that the flag represents." - Well Said! Posted by Reese at June 23, 2005 5:09 PM