This certainly cuts to the chase and is appropriately rude as well:
The flag amendment which just passed the House by a huge margin, and which may pass in the Senate this time around and even become a part of the Constitution, was predictable. After all, the last refuge of a scoundrel is patriotism, and the scoundrels infesting the capital, who put this country into an unwinnable and pointless war based upon lies, along with the gutless sycophants in Congress who backed them, are now being increasingly called to account by an American public finally grown weary of the war and the lies.
What to do? Dredge up that moldering corpse—the flag protection amendment.
The joke is that the flag is desecrated daily for commercial purposes, waving proudly in front of the corporate headquarters of war profiteers like Haliburton, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Bechtel, GE, Westinghouse and Exxon Mobil, and the homes of tax cheats like disgraced Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski. It decorates all manner of commercial products from the backsides of women’s shorts to a line of patriotic condoms.
None of this abuse of the national symbol bothers the right-wing charlatans in Washington. Only burning the thing....
What a pathetic joke it will be for future schoolchildren, reading the high-minded...words of the Constitution...when they come to this cheap amendment telling them that the beautiful First Amendment guaranteeing free speech which they read earlier is not really true: If they want to protest government actions by burning a piece of red, white and blue cloth, they can be locked up.
And all to cover up the mendacity and cowardice of a gang of war criminals in 2005.
And that's America in the year 2005. And if you point it out, well, then you're a rude jerk. Long live rude jerks!
UPDATE: Michael Froomkin (Law, Miami) (who is not a war criminal) defends the flag!