Free Speech, Except ..

Republicans and Democrats have trouble with freedom. A little freedom is fine, they say, as long as there are exceptions.

On June 28, 1995, the U.S. House approved a proposed constitutional amendment to ban flag-burning. The measure passed 312-120, well over the two-thirds majority required.

The Senate would have had to approve the measure by a two-thirds majority for it to be sent to the state legislatures, and hree-fourths of them would have had to approve it for the amendment to become part of the Constitution. It died in the Senate.

The amendment would allow Congress and state legislatures to "prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States."

Libertarians believe in freedom, period, no and's, if's or but's. There's no such thing as half-way freedom. Either you make your decisions, or someone else makes your decisions. Congress and state legislatures have no moral authority to tell individuals what they can do with their own property, including flags.

Source: June 28, 1995, Associated Press story.