There has been a lot of talk about an amendment to the Constitution to ban flag-burning. Surely a treasure, the American flag is a symbol to its people (and to many abroad) of freedom, self-determination and rights beyond imagination for some.
However, it is still a symbol, and only a symbol. It is made of fabric that takes on no other physical characteristics when woven into the pattern of our flag. On the other hand, our freedom of speech is not a symbol; it is a building block of what others envy in America.
Will the shining city on the hill shine any less brightly if a thousand of its flags are burned? No. But will it be dulled if its rights and freedoms, even if done ever-so-slightly, are skimmed away? Absolutely. Considering the organism that is America, the flag is a business card while freedom of speech is part of America’s DNA. Without freedom of speech, especially the kind no one agrees with, America ceases to be America.