Senator Bill Frist (R-TN) isn't having a very good time of late. First, his proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage failed to garner enough votes to prevent a filibuster.
Now, the proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw flag burning has been defeated by a single vote.
Before the vote, Frist described the lesiglation:
"It's a simple amendment but it speaks to the fact that the flag is the single symbol that protects our liberty and freedom."
The flag protects our liberty and freedom? Why don't we just drop flags on the Iraqi insurgents, and let our symbol go to work defending our American way of life?
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said, "Is this the most important thing the Senate can be doing now? I can tell you it is.''
FYI: over the lifetime of this country, the average number of reports of flag burning per annum is about 1.
Hatch went on to say that "[w]e had five unelected justices change the Constitution, and usurping [sic] the power of the Congress.'' Those damn activist justices. When you look closely at the Constitution, you can see erasure marks and some writing in Bic pen.
After the vote, Hatch said, "For protecting the Stars and Stripes, I will not give up and I will not surrender."
Wait a minute...where have I heard this? Oh, yes:
"Never give up!" "Never surrender!"