We need a Spring Offensive!

As the month of May approaches, patriots should start preparing for a ‘Spring Offensive’.

There are several national events scheduled for May, which we should take part in, and vigorously promote:

(1) Police Officers Memorial Week.

Police Officers Memorial Week starts May 14 and ends May 20.
[NATIONAL POLICE WEEK 2024 - National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund ]
“Please take a moment to think of those who have given their lives to protect ours.”
Although this seems to be an event celebrated mainly in Washington, DC, there is no reason it should not be celebrated locally as well. Contact your local police department and see if they are going to celebrate it – and if they’re not, and if you are part of a local patriotic organization, perhaps your group could organize an event in co operation with the police.

(2) Armed Forces Day.

Armed Forces Day is the 3rd Saturday in May (May 18th, this year).
[ President Donald J. Trump Proclaims the Third Saturday of Each May as Armed Forces Day. - Worldnews.com ]
Local veterans groups (the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, and others) will probably be celebrating this. We should take part – not just showing up at events, but helping to build them. Local schools should be invited, for example.

(3) Memorial Day

This is the last Monday in May (this year, the 27th) and is a Federal Holiday – people will visit cemeteries, place flags on graves, etc.
[ Memorial Day - Wikipedia ]
Again, local patriotic organizations should be prominent in supporting any organized events around Memorial Day.

We should be involved in these events because they are intrinsically good things, reinforcing patriotism. But it’s also a way to build your group and extend its influence.

Note that Democratic Party politicians will face a dillema if invited to take part in these events, which they definitely should be. If they refuse, they risk alienating a large number of their patriotic supporters. If they do take part, they will alienate their more extreme hate-Amerikkka Leftist supporters. Tough!

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An sad day for America and those that fought for our flag .

On June 21, 1989, a deeply divided United States Supreme Court upheld the rights of protesters to burn the American flag in a landmark First Amendment decision.

In the controversial Texas v. Johnson case, the Court voted 5-4 in favor of Gregory Lee Johnson, the protester who had burned the flag. Johnson’s actions, the majority argued, were symbolic speech, political in nature, and could be expressed even at the expense of our national symbol and to the affront of those who disagreed with him.

Justice William Brennan wrote the majority decision, with Justices Anthony Kennedy, Thurgood Marshall, Harry Blackmun and Antonin Scalia joining the majority. “Johnson was convicted for engaging in expressive conduct. The State’s interest in preventing breaches of the peace does not support his conviction because Johnson’s conduct did not threaten to disturb the peace,” said Brennan. “Nor does the State’s interest in preserving the flag as a symbol of nationhood and national unity justify his criminal conviction for engaging in political expression.”

Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing a concurrence, spelled out his reasoning succinctly.

“The hard fact is that sometimes we must make decisions we do not like. We make them because they are right, right in the sense that the law and the Constitution, as we see them, compel the result,” Kennedy said. “And so great is our commitment to the process that, except in the rare case, we do not pause to express distaste for the result, perhaps for fear of undermining a valued principle that dictates the decision. This is one of those rare cases.

Chief Justice William Rehnquist dissented, along with John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Byron White. In his dissent, Rehnquist said that, “the flag is not simply another ‘idea’ or ‘point of view’ competing for recognition in the marketplace of ideas.”

“I cannot agree that the First Amendment invalidates the Act of Congress, and the laws of 48 of the 50 States, which make criminal the public burning of the flag,” he said.

The battle in the courts about American flag desecration goes back to 1907 when the Court in Halter v. Nebraska upheld a state law that prohibited two businessmen from selling beer that had flag labels on the bottles. In 1968, Congress approved the Federal Flag Desecration Law after a Vietnam War protest. The law made it illegal to “knowingly” cast “contempt” upon “any flag of the United States by publicly mutilating, defacing, defiling, burning or trampling upon it.”

The Court moved closer to the Johnson decision in 1974, when it held in Spence v. Washington that a person couldn’t be convicted for using tape to put a peace sign on an American flag. The decision made it clear that a majority of the Court saw the act as protected expression under the First Amendment.

In 1984, Gregory Lee Johnson burned a flag at the Republican National Convention in Dallas. Officials in Texas arrested Johnson and convicted him of breaking a Texas law that prohibited desecration of the flag; he was sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine. The Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas at Dallas affirmed Johnson’s conviction, but the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals reversed, and the Supreme Court affirmed.

In reaction to the Johnson decision, which only applied to the Texas flag-desecration law, Congress passed a national anti-flag burning law called the Flag Protection Act of 1989. But in 1990, in United States v. Eichman, the Court struck down that law as unconstitutional as well, in another 5-4 decision.

“If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the Government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable,” wrote Justice William Brennan, citing the Johnson case.

The case remains controversial to the present day, and Congress has, as recently as 2006, attempted to amend the Constitution to prohibit flag desecration, with the effort failing by one vote in the Senate.

In one of his last public events, Justice Scalia explained why he cast the deciding vote in the Johnson case, on the principal of a textual reading of the First Amendment. “If it were up to me, I would put in jail every sandal-wearing, scruffy-bearded weirdo who burns the American flag,” Scalia said at a November 2015 event in Philadelphia. “But I am not king.”

Iowa man sentenced to about 15 years in prison after burning an LGBTQ flag hanging from a church .

“If you burn the Bible, it’s permitted. But if you burn a trans Pride flag, it’s a hate crime. Make it make sense” (here). Another example on Facebook adds that burning the Bible and the U.S. flag is “permitted” strong text

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Can you provide a link for that? The contrasting treatment should be widely publicized.

Iowa man sentenced to about 15 years after burning an LGBTQ flag hanging from a church | CNN

Thanks for the link. Having looked at it, I don’t think it’s as powerful a contrast as I thought it would be. We need a case which is perfectly parallel to leftwing flag-burning: someone – without prior convictions – turns up with his own LBGTQetc flag, burns it, and gets arrested. I’m sure this will happen, if it hasn’t already.

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3 youths charged in burning of Pride flag at N.S. high school | CBC News

Three youths are facing criminal charges after they allegedly burned a Pride flag at Bay View High School in Upper Tantallon, N.S.

The incident occurred last month, when one student, assisted by two others, took down a Pride flag that was located inside the school, took it outside and burned it. One of the students captured a video of the burning flag.

RCMP say their investigation led officers to believe that the act was motivated by hate based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

“It’s certainly difficult for investigators and also those involved at the school to see these events take place and it can be very disturbing as well,” said RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Guillaume Tremblay.

The youths were arrested on May 2, 3 and 4. Two are facing a charge of mischief, and the third has been charged with mischief and abetting.

Tremblay said if the three are convicted, the element of hate would be considered at sentencing.

“What’s important to remember in these incidents of hate-motivated crime is that we have to take into account the motivation for the crime itself,” Tremblay said.

“So, in the Criminal Code, it comes down to the sentencing. The sentencing will have a greater impact once it’s documented that it’s hate-motivated.”

Okay, this is the kind of incident we need. This one is in Canada, so it won’t have the sort of impact with most Americans that it would have had it happened in America.

What we really need is an incident in the US, where it’s Constitutionally-protected to burn the American flag, but apparently opens you to legal action if you burn a flag the Left likes. (Someone should try burning a hammer-and-sickle flag.)

Whatever isn’t part of the evil dummycrats agenda they can label a " HATE CRIME " and ban it , where is their opposition ?

And Black lives matter flags remain , tranny flags remain . Blacks have been painting BLM our streets in every City and they refused to remove it.

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