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Our right to protest can be conducted in many methods By speech by petition by billboards by sending letters by holding up signs and walking around in circles by televising concerns by going on talk shows radio shows and even by burning the American Flag Flag burning is only one of the many methods of negative expression Today we debate over the American Flag what does it stand for and what is its value First of all what is a flag A flag is a fabric used for symbolic purposes The American Flag may mean a whole lot for some people but to others the American Flag is only a symbol identification fabric Under the Constitution the right exists for the owner of a symbol to destroy it using any method desired whether the gesture be for political reasons or to meet religious or humorous objectives or to cast a fiery dagger into someones heartfelt beliefs Any and all flags are just symbols Nothing more A flag can mean a lot to one person and at the same time can be despised by another It can be legally hated or dearly loved It can be converted into a pride- shirt skirt or bikini it can be used on a fender of a car or spit upon all without violating the Constitution Why Because flags themselves are nothing more than personally owned things - symbolic things In a free country things can be legally destroyed at the will of the owner Dissenters who burn flags and rant and rave anti-American slogans on street corners are still Americans They are Americans possessing and practicing their freedom to express themselves even though their methods of protest may be far different from those of others their ideas may be serious Nevertheless outlawing flag burning with only increase its symbolic value as a result there will be more flag burning If you people think that flag burning degrades our government
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