here is the difference: the burnt flag is left to be a relic of memory and ash its remants left as a doormat for history.
the flown flag remains a vision to renewed interpratations...or.... i will let you have one of two wheels...one is square, the other round.
another view after thinking bout it for a minute its all just ink and cloth... what about burning a t-shirt with the flag on it. maybe we will have to adopt an ammendment for that too. Maybe we can let everyone in the U.S. have thier own flag that they can burn at their own discretion. i can see it now Tommy Hilifiger will get the contract to make a flag that is fashionable for every season. then we can all get along.
Why are we so sensitive about these things. The populators of this country are such an eclectic group -- a heated debate about keeping a few of the types in check (unless they're hurting others, like you said) seems a petty one.
I'm thinking of creating an American flag shirt with the colors all askew. That'd be just as disrespectful, it seems. (Green and pink stripes, magenta stars ...) Maybe I'll get sued. Then I'll be famous! And rich too, when I sue them back for hurting my feelings and rights to self-expression! Hooray for the American system.
Technically, wearing any American flag on a shirt is bad flag etiquette, unless it's part of a uniform. Yet I often see people wear what look like US flags cut up and sewn into clothing. Such displays are supposed to show patriotism, but to me they look like an appropriation and commodification of patriotism -- putting the US Navy on the level of Old Navy.
I don't burn flags, but I want the right to.
My government book has a comic strip in it. It says, "XXVIIIth Amendment: No BURNING of the U.S. FLAG. XXVIVth Amendment: No BURNING of the U.S. MAP. XXVVth Amendment: No BURNING of ANYTHING with the initials 'U.S.' XXVIst Amendment: No BURNING of ANYTHING with the word 'U.S.' PRINTED on it."