Once again, the US House has passed a Constitutional Amendment to ban flag burning -- and other forms of desecration. It's the sixth time they've done it since 1995 -- all the other attempts died in the Senate.
It's a simple enough Amendment, just one sentence:
Article -- `The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.'
It's sponsored by Rep Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA), a fellow who needs a bit of good press -- the kind that comes with wrapping yourself in the flag. Rep Cunningham recently sold his house to a defense contractor -- at about $700,000 dollars more than the house was worth. Right after that, the contractor got some defense contracts -- with Rep Cunningham's fingerprints all over them -- worth millions to the contractor.
Once again I have to argue this plan does not go far enough. I can't support any Amendment that fails to specifically state that a politician wrapping himself in the flag is the worst form of desecration. (LAT)