Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Flag Burning

Well, it's back yet again, because it's what the people who died on September 11 would've wanted. Or something. Some days I wish they'd just pass the damn thing.

But, serious question for the constitutional lawyer types - anyone ever give any thought to how a flag burning amendment might impact 1st amendment issues more broadly? It seems to be that a direct abridgement of 1st amendment rights by amending the consitution, no matter how narrow the language of the amendment, would still open the door to further reinterpreatation of this stuff. Once the legality of outlawing a certain kind of, uh, political undermining is enshrined in the constitution it could presumably result in further limitations on political