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POSTED: April 12, 2007 5:14 a.m.
While I am appreciative of the emotional response that the anti-war protesters are expressing with their dissatisfaction of the Iraq war quagmire, I could not stand idly by while watching a news broadcast on Fox News on March 26, depicting Americans swathed in garments covering their faces — a cowardly act in an of itself — burn an American flag to express their hostility toward our commander-in-chief’s misguided efforts in Baghdad.   
The American flag stands for all Americans and veterans who served this beloved country and some who gave their lives to protect the freedoms, including the right to protest. While I formally surmise that by actually burning the American flag, I believe vigorously that these protesters  have indeed committed an act of treason.  
Treason is defined by Webster’s as “the offense of attempting by overt acts (desecration of our nation’s flag) to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes (by the blood, sweat and tears of all our uniformed men and women who have fought and died in mortal combat honorably to protect with undying loyalty of family members our precious freedoms and liberties of which the flag represents to all patriotic citizens) allegiance...
The desecration of the American flag in my most vocalized and resolutely determined opinion meets the criteria of a “treasonous” act. Therefore it must be clearly articulated in legislation to reflect the treacherous nature of such an offense punishable by imprisonment, incurring a maximum penalty of life without parole, no grandfather clauses, nor presidential pardon available to deter any citizen from engaging in the acts of treason against this nation.
Therefore in my most eloquent and succinct opinion, I would enlist and request the support of such legislation by our Congress and state legislature whether it be sponsored or co-sponsored by a patriotic delegate of our democracy, or if necessary an amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America to protect the integrity of our beloved nation’s flag and all American values that it represents.
 

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