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Old 06-29-2015, 11:04 AM   #5361
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Your you're right. Ha Ha. Speech it is.

But, I have free speech, so I can spell anyway any way I want, right?
Of course. The great thing is people also have to live with the consequences of their free speech.
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Flag burning is an act of drama, not speaking. Speaking would be, "I think this country's leadership is corrupt."
Are you familiar with the old adage that "Actions speak louder than words?"

On July 8, 1776, a group of Pennsylvania militiamen stormed into the state supreme court chamber of the Pennsylvania State House, which we today know as Independence Hall, said building having also housed the Second Continental Congress and served as the birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.

Said militiamen tore down a large wooden carving of the Coat of Arms of King George III, which until that point had hung prominently at the center of the forward wall of the room, directly above the bench. They dragged the carving out into the street where it was beaten to splinters and then set ablaze.


Would you argue that this act, while violent and dramatic, was not a form of political speech? Did it not symbolize the desire of these men to throw off the shackles of the British monarch and revolt in order to gain their independence?
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Are you familiar with the old adage that "Actions speak louder than words?"

On July 8, 1776, a group of Pennsylvania militiamen stormed into the state supreme court chamber of the Pennsylvania State House, which we today know as Independence Hall, said building having also housed the Second Continental Congress and served as the birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.

Said militiamen tore down a large wooden carving of the Coat of Arms of King George III, which until that point had hung prominently at the center of the forward wall of the room, directly above the bench. They dragged the carving out into the street where it was beaten to splinters and then set ablaze.


Would you argue that this act, while violent and dramatic, was not a form of political speech? Did it not symbolize the desire of these men to throw off the shackles of the British monarch and revolt in order to gain their independence?
Joe, I walk cautiously debating with you, as your breadth of knowledge and your intellect; I am no match for; not to mention your prowess with prose.

However, we can all speak in the public square.

It was indeed an act of drama, and it was conveying a strong message. It was, nontheless, more than speech, it was also an act of vandalism that I do not believe should be protected under the 1st amendment.
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It was indeed an act of drama, and it was conveying a strong message. It was, nontheless, more than speech, it was also an act of vandalism that I do not believe should be protected under the 1st amendment.
In this case, I'd certainly agree that it was an act of vandalism, as it involved the destruction of property not owned by the individuals in question. And, of course, under British colonial rule there existed no first amendment.

The key idea, however, was to ascertain whether, in addition to constituting vandalism, said act also constituted symbolic political speech, in the same way that burning an effigy which depicts a political leader might as well.



If so, then it is also possible for the burning of a flag to similarly constitute political speech, and if the flag in question is the personal property of the individual destroying it, then no related property-crime exists.
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Old 06-29-2015, 04:26 PM   #5366
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I can grant you that it would be symbolic free speech. Should symbolic speech be protected, or just real speech? Also, it is not just political speech that is protected.

Additionally, would laws regarding prescribed care of the flag be violations of the First Amendment? There are laws that say I cannot make sexual inuendos to a co-worker that has informed me that such are offensive.
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Yes symbolic speech should be protected. I get the distinction you're trying to make, but it's ultimately a futile one.

Then again, it also depends on what dictionary you want to use:

the faculty or power of speaking; oral communication; ability to express one's thoughts and emotions by speech sounds and gesture
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I can grant you that it would be symbolic free speech. Should symbolic speech be protected, or just real speech?
The first amendment protection of free speech has, in general, tended to be interpreted as providing for freedom of expression, no matter what form that expression takes. This encompasses creative expression (works of art and music, playwriting, etc) in addition to oratory or printed expression.

In Smith v. Goguen (1974), the court stated:
Although neither written nor spoken, an act may be sufficiently communicative to invoke the protection of the First Amendment, and may not be forbidden by law except when incidental to preventing unprotected conduct or unless the communication is itself among those that fall outside the protection of the First Amendment.

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Also, it is not just political speech that is protected.
True. The distinction is merely that political speech has historically enjoyed an even greater level of constitutional protection than non-political speech (eg: criticism of political officers and candidates for political office are afforded less protection from libel than private citizens), and the issue at hand in matters concerning desecration of the flag tend to involve political speech, and more specifically, the separately protected petitioning of the government for a redress of grievances.



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Additionally, would laws regarding prescribed care of the flag be violations of the First Amendment?
Also in Smith v. Goguen, the court stated that "Neither the United States nor any State may require any individual to salute or express favorable attitudes toward the flag."




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There are laws that say I cannot make sexual inuendos to a co-worker that has informed me that such are offensive.
Said laws treat such behavior as a form of assault, and are therefore in the same class as laws which prohibit me from murdering people who are a different color from me as a way of freely expressing my views on ethnic separatism. Or, put another way, my rights (to free expression) end where yours (to life and liberty) begin.
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I know the SCoUS has ruled that it is OK to desecrate the flag, but I personally do not agree with their decision.

I had not realized that they had prohibited states from passing laws honoring it, but that is not the same as preventing desecration, so I would agree with that.

As Z31 said, my quest is likely futile, given that 1974 was a long time ago.
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take your flag and shove it.


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take your flag and shove it.


I identify with the form of expression shown by the non-grungy guy. I'd like to think he's a veteran who has some deeds that back up his ensemble performance.
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Killing the U.S. now:
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Killing the U.S. soon:
Ann Coulter - July 1, 2015 - MEDIA HIDE FACTS, CALL EVERYONE ELSE A LIAR

Look up the 10 most wanted list in your nearest big city. Is that list representative of the makeup of the country, or it's neighbors?
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Killing the U.S. soon:
Ann Coulter - July 1, 2015 - MEDIA HIDE FACTS, CALL EVERYONE ELSE A LIAR

Look up the 10 most wanted list in your nearest big city. Is that list representative of the makeup of the country, or it's neighbors?

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After getting escorted out of the store by security, the protesters reconvened outside the entrance, shouting “Shame on you!” to those who walked out holding a copy of Coulter’s book. At one point, the group ripped up a copy of the book, littering the space outside the store with paper.

“Don’t have kids! Don’t have kids!” one of the protesters screamed at an older couple exiting the store.

“You have to understand,” Coulter told Breitbart News, “screaming and defacing things is how Latin Americans express disagreement. At least as long as they were destroying books and screaming in a book store, they weren’t molesting any 4-year-olds.”

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“Immigration is a government policy like any other and it ought to be used to benefit the people already living here. That includes recent immigrants,” Coulter said. “There should not be any criminals coming in.”
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While I understand that they have neither the desire nor the experience in matters of foreign policy and diplomacy to lead a nation, I think I'd still vote for Penn & Teller in 2016.


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While I understand that they have neither the desire nor the experience in matters of foreign policy and diplomacy to lead a nation, I think I'd still vote for Penn & Teller in 2016.


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this is exactly why a jurt trial should scare you:

Juror discusses trespassing trial | News - Home

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VIDEO: One of the jurors who returned a guilty verdict against Michale Hoffman who was arrested for trespassing at the airport, spoke to News4Jax following the one year probation sentencing.
This juror is a complete moron, he couldn't even support why he gave a guilty verdict to someone "trespassing" on public property. This is also why if I was ever on trial, I'd make sure to that stating the law was part of the jury instructions.
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This is also why if I was ever on trial, I'd make sure to that stating the law was part of the jury instructions.
Have you ever attended a criminal trial, either as a juror or an observer?

In every state that I'm aware of, stating the law is always part of the judge's instructions to the jury prior to releasing them to deliberation. If the judge fails to instruct the jury on the relevant points of law, then this may be used as grounds for the defense to motion for a mistrial, or to be used at appeal. In fact, faulty jury instructions are one of the more commonly cited issues in the overturning of criminal convictions.



Further reading:

http://law-journals-books.vlex.com/v...nsion-53091759

http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/c...ext=fss_papers

https://www.floridabar.org/DIVCOM/JN...256f820075d2bc
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