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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    May 16, 2011 at 1:01 am
    Link: LSU Student Attempts To Burn American Flag - The crowd turns on him and police have to escort him away. He was within his rights but does that make it right I-A-B?
  2. Profile photo of Grendel
    Grendel Male 40-49
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    May 16, 2011 at 7:29 am
    You have a right to be offended. So effin what?

    You have a right to be offensive.

    Just because you have your rights does not mean that, if you choose to be offensive, that other people will stand idly by and cheer your stupidity. Sometimes your stupidity will be pointed out to you. Sometimes that lesson may be painful.
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    ChrisMunich Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 7:32 am
    Everyone chanting U-S-A made me laugh, I thought that only happened in cheesy films.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 7:37 am
    This was epic. Yes he has the right, but with that right comes consequences. The cops did him a favor.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 7:38 am
    They would have closed in on him and squashed him like a bug if he lit the flag.
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    Mickets Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 7:43 am
    - "USA! USA! USA! USA!"
    - "Deutschland!" (???) at 3:16
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    nny156 Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 7:46 am
    retards vs morons the youtube video

    "im gonna burn a flag to protest our legal system"
    why? its not going to change anyones mind and its only going to get you killed later when those cops arnt protecting you.
    "if you dont love america you can just get out"
    said the descendant of an illegal immigrant who helped steal land from and murder the native americans.
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    bankvole Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 7:54 am
    If only Americans cared about their own people as much as they cared about the flag. Which is just a bit of stained cloth after all
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    Brassbull Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 7:55 am
    f*** everyone in this video. that is all.
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    blckhawk1234 Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 7:56 am
    lol at the flag defenders capitalizing on the icon.
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    Toider Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 8:06 am
    That was an extremely poor choice of venue for a flag burning...
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    May 16, 2011 at 8:18 am

    You have the right to free speech unless we don`t like what you`re saying then we`ll shut you up.

    4:03 "If you`re not proud to be American the GET OUT!"
    means - My way or the Highway

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    NotTHATbored Female 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 8:19 am
    Give me a break! He`s within his rights to burn the flag, they do not however have the right to beat him up for being an idiot.
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    bacon_pie Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 8:29 am
    looked like that guy couldn`t fight his way out of a paper bag.
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    serosian Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 8:31 am
    ""im gonna burn a flag to protest our legal system"
    why? its not going to change anyones mind and its only going to get you killed later when those cops arnt protecting you."

    So why protest at all? Why protest when your opinions may be oppressed?

    Again, we do NOT have the right to oppress those who would exercise their rights. Whether it is right or not, we can`t do poo about it. Obviously, people don`t like to feel powerless, but they had better get used to it.
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    tvremote Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 8:42 am
    So everyone supports his right to protest, but no one supports the right for the obvious majority to counter protest?
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 8:43 am
    Wow so much FAIL everywhere
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    Garu Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 8:53 am
    Be proud of the symbolism, not the material it`s printed on. Soldiers are dying to protect that right more than anything.
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    Garu Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 8:57 am
    NOW, break out the SMORES!
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    SunnyNphilly Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 9:01 am
    All these people shouting USA, in every new clip we get, are drating brainwashed.
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    thubanstar Female 50-59
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    May 16, 2011 at 9:14 am
    serosian

    "So why protest at all? Why protest when your opinions may be oppressed?"

    Ick. Grow a spine. If we had it your way, we`d all be speaking German.
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    thubanstar Female 50-59
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    May 16, 2011 at 9:15 am
    I don`t agree with it, but I support the right to do it.
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    Boadicea Female 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 9:17 am
    Who cares? You should be able to burn any inanimate object you want if you paid for it.
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    simbha Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 9:20 am
    @thubanstar... I think serosian was making the same point. He just forgot to use the `rhetorical` font.
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    Tubby12370 Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 9:27 am
    I agree with Thubanstar`s
    " I don`t agree with it, but I support the right to do it. "
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    May 16, 2011 at 9:28 am

    serosian - "we do NOT have the right to oppress those who would exercise their rights"

    Well Said! What a great defense for Gay Marriage!
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    madduck Female 50-59
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    May 16, 2011 at 9:32 am
    Gerry - you should be free to marry anyone you wish- male, female, transgender. In a perfect world you could walk up the isle of a cathedral in a floor length white gown if you wanted and the only thing you should ever have is good wishes. If people got as upset about the fact that you can`t do that as they do about burning a glorified bedsheet I would understand.
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    thecupholder Female 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 9:34 am
    Try burning the soviet flag in Russia...=)

    Symbolism is a strong thing in any country. From bringing down statues of Sadaam, to spitting on the Hebrew star in Israel. People should respect symbolism and leave it be. You don`t attack something that represents someone`s belief or ideal.Talk to them directly, or else you get people throwing pig`s blood into crowds and burning Qurans in southern churches. Some people have to draw a line somewhere.
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    Klamz Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 9:35 am
    He`s said it`s funny because he thought only 64 people would be protesting. That`s probably the accurate number of how many people who were there actually cared. The rest are just there to have a good time, like going to a sporting event.

    That guy shouting my brothers died for you <- I love people like this, like lambs to the slaughter. Getting killed for someones political agenda and reelection campaign, the military is basically our own little natural selection to weed out those who would fall for it.
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    thecupholder Female 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 9:38 am
    Can I wave a confederate flag in Harlem now?
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    May 16, 2011 at 9:39 am
    That is one of the beautifully ironic things about this country. It stands for your right to burn it`s symbol. I would not have stopped him, but would have laughed at him, instead.
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    Grendel Male 40-49
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    May 16, 2011 at 9:44 am
    bankvole - "Which is just a bit of stained cloth after all"

    Just as a $100 bill is just a stained piece of lenin based paper. Not worth much at all.

    It`s what it represents that matters. The intrensic value of a $100 bill is ~13.5 cents. But the statement `This note is legal tender for all debts public and private` means it has the backing of our government to be worth more than its intrensic value.

    The United States Flag may be `stained cloth` to you. But to others it represents the sacrifices of many to maintain the Freedoms, Justice and History that we, as a nation, enjoy.

    You may think it`s a `stained cloth`. If you really beleive that, feel free to walk into any mosque and take that `stained paper` they call a `Qur`an` and set fire to it. Let us know how that works out for you. After all, you DO have that right.

    Feel free to burn the flag. I will be free to call you an idiot and call you not-so-nice names.
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    dub47 Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 9:46 am
    He`s well within his constitutional rights, there`s no question about that, and I believe that`s what makes this country great; you can get everyone`s side of the story. But dude. KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE. Why would you do such a demonstration in such a conservative place? You know you aren`t gonna get very far with that. And the kicker is, no one got to hear his message. He screwed himself on that one.
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    Mr_Eff Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 10:04 am
    He looks like another hipster trying to get attention.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    May 16, 2011 at 10:11 am

    madduck - "In a perfect world you could walk up the isle of a cathedral in a floor length white gown if you wanted "

    Oh, please! Me in white?
    Not even I could keep a straight face.

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    Cartunze Male 60-69
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    May 16, 2011 at 10:17 am
    It didn`t have to go that far. The cops could have arrested him for inciting a riot and sorted out the details later.
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    RoboPatton Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 10:37 am
    Well that is the proper way to destroy a defiled flag. And that man touched it. So it`s pretty much defiled.
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    Grendel Male 40-49
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    May 16, 2011 at 10:43 am
    Cartunze-"The cops could have arrested him for inciting a riot and sorted out the details later."

    Had he been attempting to burn a Koran, they would have done just that. And he would have been charged with a `hate crime` and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    But, in this case, they were just protecting him from hate-filled right wingers.

    See the difference? (if not, get a liberal to explain it..they seem to be the only ones who can.)
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 10:44 am
    You yanks need to get over yourselves. Your country isn`t all that.

    USAUSAUSAUSA what a load of crap.

    What happened to freedom of speech, America?

    I`m not saying for a second that I agree with what he was attempting to do, I have no idea what he was all about. But that is a disgraceful way for a mob to behave.
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    hatface Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 10:44 am
    What`s hilarious is that America burns more flags than any other country in the world. The boy scouts burn thousands of flags every year. When replacing a flag, the proper procedure is to burn the old flag.

    Fail.
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    madduck Female 50-59
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    May 16, 2011 at 10:45 am
    Gerry- neither could I - it would be lore fun than morning dress for heavens sake.
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 10:45 am
    Also, I think this quote sums up my thoughts:

    I do not agree with what you have to say, but I`ll defend to the death your right to say it.
    -Voltaire

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    madest Male 40-49
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    May 16, 2011 at 11:07 am
    Iranians don`t allow their citizenry to burn their flags either.
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    Grendel Male 40-49
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    May 16, 2011 at 11:20 am
    hatface-"When replacing a flag, the proper procedure is to burn the old flag.

    Fail."

    Not comparable. One is a solemn ceremony of respect for an honored and cherished item, the other is a sign of disrespect for that item and everything it stands for.

    That would be like comparing dumping a dead body in a ditch in the woods to a burial at Arlington Cemetary with full honors. After all, the government buries people, so throwing them in a ditch is okay, too.
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    ardystic Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 11:28 am
    `MERICA!
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    May 16, 2011 at 11:30 am
    What an ugly hippie! Arrest him for being fugly in public!
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    the_windy Female 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 11:35 am
    Wait, so what`s the story here? Why is he burning a flag? To protest the war? And burning the flag symbolizes peace how...?
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    bentley22 Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 11:37 am
    that guy looked like a muppet
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    ChrisMunich Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 11:55 am
    @madduck : how dare you underrate morning dress, it is the epitome of style and grace :P

    I suppose he`s allowed to burn the flag, but in my view freedom of expression and speech has never meant to be used for insult. I find those that use freedom of speech to mock, insult and inflame just as bad as those who would remove the right to free speech. In other words: that video is filled with idiots.
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    Vydai Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 11:57 am
    So wait, burning the Koran is okay but burning the flag isn`t? Talking about egocentrism.
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    N-Vet Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm
    He was going to burn a flag to protest the arrest of another LSU student who cut down a U.S. flag from an on campus War Memorial and burned it in protest of the death of Bin Laden. He got a permit to protest but not a burning permit, so he was going to read a statement. It always pays to check facts before commenting.... Is this so hard?
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    Fwoggie2 Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm
    What`s LSU?
  53. Profile photo of N-Vet
    N-Vet Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm
    Let me Google that for you....
  54. Profile photo of Grendel
    Grendel Male 40-49
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    May 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm
    Vydai-"So wait, burning the Koran is okay but burning the flag isn`t?"

    Please point out where anyone stated that.

    You have the same right to burn a Koran and to burn a Flag.

    Both are extremely stupid things to do and are usually promoted by small-minded imbiciles.

    Both will get you hurt in certain parts of the world.

    Only one will get you charged with a hate crime (this is known as Hypocrisy).

    That same one will also earn you a beheading by the `religion of peace`.
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    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 12:13 pm
    How bout just dont catch anything on fire.
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    MrPeabody Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm
    @Vydai
    "So wait, burning the Koran is okay but burning the flag isn`t? Talking about egocentrism."

    It is a protected form of speech in both cases, it does not mean that it is morally OK. The majority of people in the US did not condone the burning of the Koran. You might want to Google the "Dude you got no Koran" guy. The majority of the people at that protest did not agree with burning the flag or whatever he was planning, but he was still given protection under the law because he has freedom of speech.
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    Ska_Machine Male 13-17
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    May 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm
    Some proud, some don`t care about other`s freedom of speach, some ignorant blight Americans.
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    cityncolour Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm
    Apparently nowadays patriotism means don`t ask questions and blindly support the system. USA!!! HUUURRR DUUURRR!!!
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    MajicWalrus Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm
    Freedom of self oppression. When the majority is too dumb to be free.
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    Grendel Male 40-49
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    May 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm
    Ska_Machine-`some don`t care about other`s freedom of speach`

    He was exercising he freedom of speech. As were the counterprotesters. Are you saying that the counterprotesters freedom of speech is somehow negated?

    He was outshouted. `Freedom of speech` does not gurantee one a willing audience.

    Please read, and comprehend, the US Constitution before demonstrating your ignorance. "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech..." I didn`t see any member of Congress represented in this vido. The first amendment has NO control over individuals. You do not have a right to come into my house and spout anything you want. I DO, on the other hand, have every right to kick you out.

    In a Public Forum, if you want to exercise your First Amendment rights, you have to be able to out shout those others that are offering the opposite viewpoint. Just as this idiot had every right to show up there and demonstrate, so did everyone els
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    duckflash Female 13-17
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    May 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm
    Geez, it`s just a flag people.
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    Brassbull Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm
    Ska_Machine
    "speach"
    "ignorant"

    What exactly have you learned that sets you above them? They`re offended and angry. Some, like the soldier, are for reasons you`re too young and inexperienced to understand or appreciate.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm
    No violation of freedom of speech here the police did them a favor otherwise someone was about to get hurt. It`s like you have the right to go to a Hells Angels meeting and call Harley riders a bunch of twinkletoes is it smart no but you could do it and I hope for your sake police take you out of there too or you will get hurt.
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    that1joshguy Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm
    They`ve all got the right to defend that flag as much as he had to burn it....Not saying burning it was right or even smart but if you`re going to something like that expect opposition, I`ve got both my younger brothers over seas right now and I`d definitely be in the mob, not saying I`d hurl anything at the guy but I`d definitely do my part in drowning him out.
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    hatface Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm
    @MeGrendel

    Yeah, it was more just a slight at... I wasn`t disagree... ah, never mind.
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    Happy_Pandas Female 13-17
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    May 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm
    Texas v. Johnson, anyone?

    Besides, he didn`t have a burning permit, so what he did wasn`t right in that sense, but legally, not morally. If he did have a burning permit, he could`ve burned the flag if he wanted to. It`s definitely within your rights of free speech.
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    architrex Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm
    Shouldn`t they be in class?
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    EntrE Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm
    you americans with your stupid exaggerated nationalism...
    "my brothers died for you" - I really doubt that
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    May 16, 2011 at 3:03 pm
    I`m proud of the people that stood up to this moonbat and prevented him from the heinous act.

    USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!
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    jdee89 Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 3:18 pm
    it`s a flag...
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    funnehkitteh Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 3:27 pm
    this may be a strange thing but my instant reaction was.. i want to make a video of me burning every flag of every country and nation and post it as a anti-nationalist statement, but it may be percieved "wrongly" so.. erm.. i`ll just stick to peace signs and artsy music. dayumm i wish i could make a difference. also other countries including america are none of my business
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    IrishJesus Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm
    Anyone else notice the cops seemed to be pretty cool about everything? Like they weren`t being dicks to anyone? I usually hate cops, but these guys are decent people, by the looks of it.
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    Durrell Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm
    You have a `burn permit` in the states? wow, of all places i expected the US to have a zero tolerance of that one... In Canada Burning the Flag is Treason and punishable by life in prison.
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    ruthless1990 Female 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 3:58 pm
    i dont get it, whats the big deal about burning material with your flag print on it?
    Americans are very sentimental i guess...

    i also dont get why you would do it, seems like a massive waist of time. unless you were cold of course
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    Kleidermotte Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm
    Haha! One guy about 3:15 walked by with a "Deutschland" T-Shirt. :D It`s german for Germany, only in case anybody doesn`t know. That made me happy :)
    But nevertheless... Is it within US Rights to burn the US flag? Even in modern Germany today it is against the law to burn the german flag... Needless to say it is not right anyway and I would be pretty pissed if I saw someone doing it...
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    human_exile Male 13-17
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    May 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm
    it funny how no other country seems to like/respect the U.S.A.

    probably because most of it sucks. we need to completely shut everything down and start over. set priorities, importance levels, and just be more efficient as a whole
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm
    wow
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    joosen52 Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm
    I don`t intend to get into a flame war with anyone. I`m just going to say this and that`s it.

    I don`t agree with the flag-burning protestors, but I do believe they have the right to conduct this protest. As for the comment made by the serviceman stating, "my brothers died for you", I partially agree, rather that they died for the protestor`s rights including free speech, which he was conducting. As for the anti-protestors, I`m disgusted. If we as Americans want to be allowed to say what we want, then we must allow others who disagree with our beliefs to speak freely, with the same amount of respect as we would expect to receive. As for the law enforcement officers, I am very impressed with the amount of professionalism and impartiality they showed. Well done officers.
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    Brassbull Male 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 5:29 pm
    The hipster with the glasses is no better than the WBC. He`s trying to get attention by people offensive. The only difference is he`s doing it in a way that all his hipster friends will think is trendy. All those people attending should be ashamed for giving him any attention at all.
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    DrProfessor Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm
    A flag is a piece of cloth. Burn it, if you really want. The country will still be there afterward.
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    button_guy Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 5:48 pm
    Everyone has a right to say whatever they want. But people tend to listen to whoever is loudest! USA! USA!
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    brieslew Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm
    I`m not siding with either party. Sure I disagree with this guys message, but I also disagree with the way the students acted. He had an opinion and had the right to voice it. This country was built upon that. Think of how different America would be if that weren`t the case. We would probably still be discriminating against black people. I love America. But there`s a difference between loving your country, and being frenzied and fanatic about your country.
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    Grendel Male 40-49
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    May 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm
    joosen52-" If we as Americans want to be allowed to say what we want, then we must allow others who disagree with our beliefs to speak freely."

    And I`m sure you have the same opinion whenever rabid leftist shout down whenever any conservative speaker tries to speak on a college campus...right? No?

    Or are you saying that this guy should never face ANY opposing view? Kinda limited in your idea of free speech there.

    "with the same amount of respect as we would expect to receive."

    That`s just it, they were showing him the exact same amount of respect he was showing them. None.
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    mykunter Male 40-49
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    May 16, 2011 at 6:05 pm
    No American should be denied their right to burn the flag. I hope this makes sense...
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    Grendel Male 40-49
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    May 16, 2011 at 6:19 pm
    brieslew-"He had an opinion and had the right to voice it."

    The counter-protesters had an opinion and had a right to voice it. Does the right of one person somehow negate the rights of everyone else.

    If he cares that much to make a statement unopposed, he`s free to rent out a venue and sell tickets. THEN he could complain about being interrupted. In a public forum, their rights to voice their opinion is just as valid as his.
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    dognose82 Male 18-29
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    May 16, 2011 at 6:22 pm
    Apparently LSU students still know what patriotism is and this guy ended up making an ass of himself.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36208 posts
    May 16, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    The students didn`t really care about him buring a flag.

    They just wanted an excuse to get out of class.
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    handys003 Male 50-59
    2402 posts
    May 16, 2011 at 6:26 pm
    It`s called common sense. As a white man I would not walk down South Central Los Angelas. Especially with a white hood.

    As an American I would not walk down an Arab neighborhhod and burn the Koran. Dead Man Walking.

    He`s lucky he didn`t get strung up.
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    TypicalJerk Male 18-29
    533 posts
    May 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm
    geit aowt!
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    zombieland Male 18-29
    418 posts
    May 16, 2011 at 6:48 pm
    if u dun like America, then u can geeeeeeeeet out
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    RuralNinja Male 18-29
    519 posts
    May 16, 2011 at 6:57 pm
    @mykunter No American should be denied their right to voice their opinion, even when it disagrees with others. The flag burning hipster was within his rights, just as the crowd was within its rights.
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    teq78 Male 30-39
    216 posts
    May 16, 2011 at 7:32 pm
    pfft amateur not only i burn american flags regularly but i also use it as toilet paper and u cant do anything bout it cause i have the right to do so and guess what! im not going anywhere!!! so suck it!!!
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    rammo34 Male 18-29
    1083 posts
    May 16, 2011 at 8:04 pm
    I wouldn`t burn the flag, but I wouldn`t throw a fit if I saw someone burning it either.

    I don`t care.
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    Isafan Male 18-29
    243 posts
    May 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm
    Teg78, you`re using a website based out of the United States of America. If you don`t like us, get the drat out bud.
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    handys003 Male 50-59
    2402 posts
    May 16, 2011 at 8:20 pm
    @teq78
    "pfft amateur not only i burn american flags regularly but i also use it as toilet paper and u cant do anything bout it cause i have the right to do so and guess what! im not going anywhere!!! so suck it!!!"

    Bullsh*t
    You can`t afford an American flag let alone toilet paper. Did you make sure you washed your hands after wiping your ass with them before typing on the keyboard?
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    kinky_afr0 Male 18-29
    583 posts
    May 16, 2011 at 8:31 pm
    drat america
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    Dead-Kittens Male 30-39
    1038 posts
    May 16, 2011 at 8:59 pm
    75 pct of people join the military to further their own economic and social standing..so very few actually do it for the benefit of the nation. I agree that being free from the monarchy is true and that no one deserves a free ride...including those "appointed by god" HOWEVER..... the free capitalist society only makes it easier for the powers to be to `be` without their actions being public. When the monarchy gets out of hand we chop off their drating heads, when the rich business owners get out of hand, USA cuts em a tax break and finds themselves an enemy.. ANY enemy so long as it gives the people a sense of moral standing and righteousness. Where money is no longer neccessary then it is power that corrupts thus self perpetuates the cycle of corruption.

    just saying lol.
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    kittyloaf Male 18-29
    214 posts
    May 16, 2011 at 9:11 pm
    If buying small flags on a stick, wearing red clothing, being violent, and yelling loud things make you a patriot, then I guess the protesters win.
    Go back to class and learn to invent something so you can bring some money to the country if you want to be useful...
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    OutWest Male 50-59
    546 posts
    May 16, 2011 at 9:31 pm
    History repeats... 1976 Los Angeles, Ca.

    Rick Monday of the Chicago Cubs

    The motivation for burning the flag is to force by shock and insult those that might not listen.
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    BRKNVLTR Male 40-49
    377 posts
    May 16, 2011 at 9:58 pm
    If you don`t like this country, leave. He did it for his 15 minutes of shame. Shame on him and all of you that have disgust for our home. If you don`t like it, change it. If you can`t change it, get the f*ck out. We won`t hold it against you.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10443 posts
    May 16, 2011 at 11:11 pm
    Sigh. You depress me IAB. All these reminders of how america is overflowing with morons... you can do better, but you don`t care.

    Really now... compare this with the flag-burning muslims in the middle east. I see no significant difference in demeanor.

    but does that make it right I-A-B?
    What you`re really asking is, is if it`s `right` to burn a flag. Well... practically speaking it doesn`t matter at all. It`s a rectangular piece of cloth worth a couple of bucks. I guess if you burned one, you`d have to get another, assuming you needed one, which you don`t. So it doesn`t matter either way. It`s sort of a waste of resources... why put effort into manufacturing or buying something if it ends up being burned?

    Foolish people and their symbols... So much passion in defending your large plots of land delineated artificially.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10443 posts
    May 16, 2011 at 11:23 pm
    If you don`t like this country, leave.
    At first glance this might seem like a retarded, intolerant thing to say - which is what I thought when I was younger. But I came to realize that in today`s globalized world it applies for practical benefit. If the place where you live is not suitable for you or just plain sucks, *cough* then pack your bags and move somewhere else. It`s much easier to do this now than it was a generation or two ago. So in reality I support that statement :-D

    Of course some people might still see it as intolerant, but then that suggests that both sides are patriots. I guess some people might hate a country and yet be permanently bound to live in it, but such a state of being is, IMO avoidable, if you`re in the developed world that is...
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    lacishay Female 18-29
    120 posts
    May 16, 2011 at 11:27 pm
    @Lazyme I like the way you think.
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    jessyfish Female 18-29
    90 posts
    May 17, 2011 at 12:02 am
    I don`t get it... What`s this dirty hippie b@#$%hing about?
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    teq78 Male 30-39
    216 posts
    May 17, 2011 at 1:33 am
    id use the american flag to wipe my ass AND THEN burn it, also i would never ever leave, i dont care what u think or want
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    Lardcarcass Male 40-49
    254 posts
    May 17, 2011 at 2:39 am
    @teq78

    Practice trolling on some other site.
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    Asakura Female 18-29
    236 posts
    May 17, 2011 at 4:23 am
    He was trying to have a peaceful protest in defense of the government.
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    handys003 Male 50-59
    2402 posts
    May 17, 2011 at 4:33 am
    @teq78
    Like I said you couldn`t afford an American flag puto.
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    trippyhippy9 Male 18-29
    559 posts
    May 17, 2011 at 4:39 am
    They gave him exactly what he wanted. A reaction.

    People put too much stock in symbolism. The only thing he accomplished by burning that flag was raising the GDP of China, where the flag was made.
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    alpensepp Male 70 & Over
    1364 posts
    May 17, 2011 at 5:20 am
    lol americans are funny
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    SwayzeCrazy4 Male 13-17
    234 posts
    May 17, 2011 at 6:22 am
    "We`re moving you out for your safety.... One sec, I have to drag you through all the people that hate you. I`m sure nothing will happen."
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    PierreJeanFR Male 40-49
    1360 posts
    May 17, 2011 at 6:52 am
    At 3:15 a student with Deutschland appeared...
    United Subnormals of America
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    MCMXCIII Male 18-29
    356 posts
    May 17, 2011 at 7:29 am
    So much for tolerance and freedom.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36208 posts
    May 17, 2011 at 7:33 am

    dirty commie! Why don`t you go to Canada or something!
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    boNeymiZz Male 18-29
    237 posts
    May 17, 2011 at 8:23 am
    @Gerry1of1
    had to check, but I was expecting to see 13-17
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    KPres Male 30-39
    309 posts
    May 17, 2011 at 8:27 am
    Anybody who lives in the developed Western world, and hates their country so much they`d go to all the effort of putting on a big show and burning their flag in front of everbody is a world-class delusional dumbdrat.
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    KPres Male 30-39
    309 posts
    May 17, 2011 at 8:32 am
    "The motivation for burning the flag is to force by shock and insult those that might not listen."

    Actual result: Normal, sane people think you and your cause are stupid and weird.
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    waglfg Male 50-59
    25 posts
    May 17, 2011 at 10:05 am
    Gee, that didnt work out so well. He`ll have to try to get attention in some other way. Free speech works both ways.
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    Oscola Male 18-29
    349 posts
    May 17, 2011 at 10:35 am
    The U.S. acts as a cult for so many Americans, who then turn on anyone open minded enough to look at things from a different perspective. I`m not saying all Americans are brainwashed, but the people who shout "USA! USA!" need to open their eyes, it`s like blindly following a religion or football team and becoming a fanatic even if that organisation ends up representing nothing of what it used to and has no relevance to you as an individual.
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    handys003 Male 50-59
    2402 posts
    May 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm
    @Oscola
    Really now and your not brainwashed in your patriotism toward your country?
    Fact is you have no comprehension of the different regional cultural dynamics of the USA. Your only talking out of generalization from a limited overseas perspective. Even if you visited the USA for a brief time does not qualify you to make such an absurd assertion.
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    imnakdjumpme Male 18-29
    598 posts
    May 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm
    let him burn the flag in protest of whatever. he is more patriotic than the guy that will beat him up for his distasteful expression. lets combat an immature decision with an immature reaction!
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    ashyboomstik Male 30-39
    133 posts
    May 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm
    Flag burning is always a touchy subject. It`s not against the law by any means and is protected by the First amendment. The thing is, a person`s spirit shouldn`t be encompassed on one fixed object, such as a flag. it should be inside us all. I say let him burn the the piece of cloth; as the American Spirit should be alive within every single American. Is it wrong to burn the flag? morally yes, but not judiciously. I say he`s crazy for attempting it, but has all rights to do so, but other people have a right to assemble and speak against it, as long as there is not violence, both sides are right in their actions.
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    2L82Pray Female 30-39
    70 posts
    May 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm
    As a Soldier, I have, and will again, fight on foreign soil to protect my country. I find it disturbing to see this video.

    Many of those hypocrites would have been shouting "Down With Bush" and burning the flag themselves a few years ago. Now they ride patriotism like they never cheated on it, screaming promises of fidelity. B/c I and my fellow soldiers fight, And Die, for this man`s RIGHT to believe and say whatever he chooses, as long as it doesn`t harm others. Burning the flag is his Right as an American. The fact that these people tried to stop him tells me that they have no concept of what we fight, bleed and die for. If we stop people from showing what they believe, if we become intolerant to others RIGHTS, we become no better than the enemy we fight who beheads anyone who doesn`t agree with them.

    I fight for this man, and do so gladly. And if I saw him shouting, waving placards, burning flags...I`d hand him the match. Because we are Americans, and I
  124. Profile photo of 2L82Pray
    2L82Pray Female 30-39
    70 posts
    May 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm
    I fight for this man, and do so gladly. And if I saw him shouting, waving placards, burning flags...I`d hand him the match. Because we are both Americans, and Soldier fight, and Die, for his Right to Believe whatever he chooses without fear of persecution
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    SilverThread Male 30-39
    3435 posts
    May 17, 2011 at 9:26 pm
    The guy wearing BDU`s is waaaaaaay out of line.

    They dude trying to burn the flag is a tool box desperate for attention.

    The crowd is no different than any other mob of primates.

    I pretty much loathe everyone in the video except the Police, they`re the unwilling, lead by the unqualified, doing the unnecessary for the ungrateful.

    Honestly though, if it were my world. I`d let the crowd tear him apart just because he looks funny.
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    SmokeErrday Male 18-29
    11 posts
    May 17, 2011 at 9:42 pm
    I can honestly say I hate the USA. It`s nothing but fighting and anger anymore. People can`t say what they want anymore without others screaming and yelling and saying it`s wrong. Does respect not exist anymore? It`s pathetic..and sad. America, what happened? ):
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    CoyoteKing Male 18-29
    2988 posts
    May 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm
    the actions of this crowd make me sick. a lot more so than the flag burning guy, and the guy in BDU`s is indeed WAY out of line.

    in any case i have to refer to a quote usually attributed to Voltaire "I may not agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it"
  128. Profile photo of Joeraccoon
    Joeraccoon Male 18-29
    191 posts
    May 18, 2011 at 6:50 pm
    @smokerrday- are you sure its ignorance and anger you see every day? In memphis, we have the highest murder rate per capita in the u.s., and what i believe i see every day, more than anything else, is fear. poo yourself fear. Everyone is of the notion that in america, everyone is out to get them. So you dont ask anyone what theyre doing, youre afraid to get involved. All that is required for evil to win is for good men to do nothing-unknown(to me-read it in "kingdom of fear," thompsons post-9/11 book) good people, today, are people that do not make any noise. Good people cannot win, because they cannot band together. The criminals are bound tight, thick as thieves has an origin, you know. But the good people will side with evil when a good man stands up to fight. The good men will send you to prison for killing an intruder in your home. The good men will tell you to "let it go" and "dont get involved" i say join with the good troublemakers you know, and ma

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