‘TIME TO PROTECT OLD GLORY’
Veterans are stepping up to support Donald Trump’s recent proposal that there should be serious “consequences” for those who burn the American flag.
“Our brothers and sisters in arms have shed blood, even paid the ultimate sacrifice, in defense of our nation. The American flag represents their sacrifice and our nation’s way of freedom. No one should tolerate desecration of the American flag,” says Charles E. Schmidt, national commander of the 2.2 million-member American Legion. “It’s time to protect Old Glory. We are not against civil protest or demonstrations. However, these protesters are not burning a piece of cloth. They are desecrating the sacrifice and honor of all past, present and future service members and their family members, who have given so much to this great nation.” He also cites considerable support for a new law. “Every state has passed memorializing resolutions to ratify a constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration,” Mr. Schmidt notes. “The House of Representatives has passed an amendment six times by supermajorities, only to see it fall short in the Senate — by just one vote the last time it reached the floor.”