First Amendment rights questioned in flag abuse incident

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  • Ralph West Jordan Taylorsville, UT
    July 9, 2011 9:50 a.m.

    Justin Jerez has it right when he described his group of protestors and "Children" "We took our flag and walked down the street talking amongst ourselves" "So people would see us". Narsacisstic kiddies having a tantrum. Me thinks its time for the "childred" to put in their big boy panties and grow up.

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    July 9, 2011 5:58 a.m.

    Apparently the people of Utah don't know anything about the symbol of their own country. This was not a desecration, it was a demonstration of the danger the USA is in.

    Putting the flag upside down does have some real meaning and purpose, it is a an old signal that americans are in trouble. The message was the warning so all could understand. As far as I can see in the country today, every flag should be flying upside down.

    Mexico has invaded us and dictating our laws and stealing our money, a president who hates America, and legislators who put greed and money above their duties to the country, and soldiers who fight political wars where the enemy can only be defined as someone who shoots at them. This country has sent all its power (industry and jobs) to foreign nations and the only thing we have left to call an industry is the will to work but no place to work.

    Yes if ever there was a cause to fly the flag upside down on the White House, these are the days and the time to do it.

  • Brer Rabbit Spanish Fork, UT
    July 8, 2011 10:32 p.m.

    "Jerez said the demonstration in Hyrum was meant as a criticism of the government." The flag doesn't represent the government, it represents the people of the United States of America. In my opinion they were trying to insult the American People, and their traditions.

  • gizmo33 St. George, Utah
    July 8, 2011 3:39 p.m.

    another victory for the First Amendment they have the guarenteed constitutional protection to free speech !

  • Vanka Provo, UT
    July 8, 2011 3:30 p.m.

    Although there is nothing illegal about what they did, Jerez and pals are either misinformed or naive.

    This generation is not the first, nor will it be the last, that has been "children of debt; inheritors of war."

    There is nothing unique about this generation when it comes to inheriting debt and war.

    From 1930 to 1940, the national debt (as a percent of GDP) ranged from 20% to just above 50%.

    World War II and the decades following, saw the national debt jump to over 120% of GDP before being whittled away and returning to around 50% by the mid-1960s under Kennedy and LBJ.

    From 1970 through the early 1980's, Nixon, Ford, and Carter all reduced the national debt to under 40% of GDP.

    Then the Bush/Reagan "voodoo economics" jacked the national debt up to about 70% GDP before Clinton reduced it to 60%. Bush Jr. then went berserk and launched the national debt up above 90% of GDP, which is what Obama inherited.

    The Reagans and Bushes are directly responsible for over 3/4 of the current national debt ($9.2 trillion out of over $12 Trillion).

    So who, really, are the "fiscal conservatives"?

  • March Hare Clearfield, UT
    July 8, 2011 2:47 p.m.

    It is not important as to if I agree or disagree with these people expressing their feelings.
    I have to ask what other country would allow such free and open acts with causing civil unrest.
    In one respect I do agree with the protestors, MY country has its faults and problems, but until someone can show me a better place to live. I will stay and stand beside those who defend her

  • George Bronx, NY
    July 8, 2011 2:33 p.m.

    What a nice campaign year gift for Hatch - now he can start his anti-flag burning amendment speeches again.....

    The First Amendment Freedom of Speech guarantee is first and foremost meant to protect political speech. These protestors were well within their rights.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    July 8, 2011 2:33 p.m.

    "Children of Debt, Inheritors of War"

    Sounds like a pretty accurate description of Generation Y to me.