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UNITED STATES: The Supreme Court...Democracy Progess?

Referring to the balloons at the Republican Convention, John Wonder has some comments with which I strongly agree:

"The balloons bring up something about the Supreme Court and the ACLU That has been bothering me for some time. Why is it that actions, such as burning the flag, are characterized as "free speech"?. Burning a flag is not speech; it is an action. This transferance of some concrete thing into some kind of symbolic equivalent bothers me ever so much. Such a metaphysical transferance can lead to all kinds of mischief, as it already has.Why can't the Supreme Court see that it is painting itself into some kind of theoretical corner? As a result, any thinking person will lose all respect for it."

Ronald Hilton - 7/31/00