Outside the Beltway

Thursday, August 03, 2006

So, it has been a while since my last/first post. I don't mean to continue the discussion about the flag or flags; however, I heard something on the radio while driving to work to which I was curious how everyone would respond.
The NCAA has just recently announced that they will not allow any of their tournament events, i.e. March Madness, College World Series, etc, to be played in the state of South Carolina until the state removes the Confederate flag from all state buildings. Wouldn't this be a violation of freedom of speech? Regardless of how immoral it is, are not people free to be racists or bigots? It could be that for the people of the south, the Confederate flag is a symbol of independence, keeping government small and not allowing it to interfere in personal lives, etc. At the same time, for other people the Confederate flag is a symbol of slavery and tyranny. My question for everyone is two-fold, 1) Should the NCAA be using sports to try and bring about social and political change? 2) Does the state of South Carolina, Southerners, or anybody else have the right to fly the Confederate flag?

Friday, July 21, 2006


Thursday, July 20, 2006

Old Glory

Welcome everyone to the inaugural posting of Outside the Beltway. The purpose of this blog is for me as a conservative to be able to express my views and hopefully insights in regards to politics, history, and current events. I do not profess to have my finger on the pulse of conservativism or to completely understand the events and history of the world, but merely want to express the ideals and opinions of those of us who reside outside the D.C. beltway. If you agree with my comments I would love to hear about it. If you disagree with my comments I would love to hear about it as well.

A few weeks back Senator Orrin Hatch (R. Utah) proposed an amendment to the Constitution which would add a federal protection to our nation's flag. The amendment would have protected the flag from desecration and burning. Unfortunately, this proposed amendment failed by one vote. The Supreme Court has continued to uphold flag burning stating that it is protected under the first amendment and freedom of speech. I feel that this is an absurd notion. Old Glory is a symbol of this proud and noble nation. It represents the valor, courage, and blood of those who have fought and continue to fight for our liberties. It is a symbol to millions of democracy, liberty, and the ability to create and live your dreams. It is a symbol of this nation just as much, if not more than the bald eagle or the White House. What would be the penalities to any citizen who shot and killed a bald eagle or who defaced and vandalized the White House? Why aren't those actions protected under the banner of freedom of speech? The answer is that those actions are also absurd, deemed disgraceful, and those symbols are protected by federal law. Flag burning or any sort of desecration of the flag should not be allowed and should not be protected by the first amendment. In my opinion, those who burn or desecrate the flag are spitting upon the graves of those who have fallen and made the ultimate sacrifice to protect and preserve our freedoms. Flag burning does not show your disapproval with the government or the current administration, but actually shows your disdain for the nation and the ideals and values which it upholds. The flag of the United States of America is the most powerful symbol of our nation and needs to be and should be protected by federal law.