HOT BLAST: Don't burn that U.S. flag
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U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus
U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus
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With the Fourth of July holiday arriving next week, this is an appropriate time to begin thinking of all things patriotic. U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Vestavia Hills, has done one better.

Last month, Bachus joined with U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would give Congress the power to ban the burning of the American flag. The amendment wouldn't ban flag desecration -- that would be left up to Congress.

All sorts of points come into play: patriotism, military service, individual rights, etc. Even if most Americans find the image of a burning U.S. flag as offensive, it's not a simple topic.

Nevertheless, it's interesting that GovTrack.us, which monitors bills working their way through Congress, gives the Bachus proposal zero chance at passage. One of the obvious points is that the Constitution has been amended only 27 times. The last amendment passed in 1992. The previous amendment passed in 1971. Unlike the Alabama Constitution, amendments to the U.S. Constitution are extremely rare.

-- Phillip Tutor
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