What's with all of these veterans here? I am too, Vietnam era US Army. I'm pro-American. Doesn't mean I'm Pro-Enron (OK, they are defunct now, deservedly) or pro-Bank-of-America, or pro-AIG, or pro-Blackwater. Non-sequiter. Doesn't mean I cant criticize US government cronyism, corruption, and clownism. Let's have a parade, I'll get out my old uniform. Maybe not, I would split it out at the seams.
I have no idea if occupy-whatever is useful or not or if I agree with it. I do think if the economy was working as it should, all of those people might be employed and occupying their jobs instead of some streets.
Hahahahahahahahaha! What an asshole you are, Sassan! I am also a veteran, someone who was willing to risk their lives and defend this great country, but the reference was to me! I'm the "anti-American" here, Park! I served for six years and was a paratrooper in the regular army. And have you served, Sassan? Would you like to take this opportunity to apologize to me, or thank me for my service?
It has more than one definition: : "to treat disrespectfully, irreverently, or outrageously"
And yes, to desecrate a flag is anti-American
@ Sassan K.
A flag is a piece of cloth, a symbol. There's nothing to desecrate. To value a piece of cloth over the health and well-being of people, both here and abroad, is appalling. It's a fanaticism that's as bad as the worst types of religious fanaticism.
Sassan has more respect and dignity for a piece of cloth than he does for what it stands for. One of the great things that America does for its people is to provide them with freedom, something I think you wouldn't deny. And one of those freedoms is freedom of expression. Just because you don't agree with the message, or think that the vehicle for that message is wrong, doesn't mean that you can accuse people of being anti-American, especially those people who have served while you have not. It is a low form of thinking which regards the symbols of what one stands for higher than the actual principles. And yes, that kind of simplistic thinking is characteristic of fascism.
Have I ever made the claim that flag burning should be made illegal? This is what makes America the most free country in the world: you are allowed to be an anti-American self-hating scumbag. It is my right to express that sentiment as is one's right to be a self-hating and unappreciative scum in that America symbolizes freedom and hope worldwide. It is as simple as that.
Now you are trying to limit my free speech and you are talking about what is and what is not a characteristic of fascism?? Unbelievable.