As galling as it is to see, hear or read about Americans burning the flag, the U.S. Senate — by one vote — was correct in defeating an amendment that would have made the act of desecrating the flag a federal crime.
The problem is, you cannot force those people who engage in such despicable acts to stop just because a law exists; itâ€™s too late for that. What is needed is for our children to once again start being taught civics, specifically, what it means to be good citizens. That entails learning about our institutions and respecting those institutions. It also means learning the lessons of history. Let us teach children about the battle at Ft. McHenry and â€œThe Star Spangled Banner;â€ about soldiers who laid down their lives when they carried the flag into battle during the Civil War; about the men from the Greatest Generation, who hoisted the flag atop Iwo Jima in WW II under a hail of enemy bullets and mortars.
We need teach our children, parents and professional educators alike, both inside and outside the classroom, because itâ€™s education and understanding they (and we) need in order to foster respect and proper behavior for and toward the flag of the United States of America.
by Steve Steiner