So the anti-American flag burning amendment went down in flames, as they say. Which means freedom is safe for another two years until this non-issue gets dragged up again in a reprehensible attempt to gain votes. And our president is saved from going to jail. (On this, at least. For now.)
But it was horrifyingly close. Only one vote kept this silly thing from passing. Both my own senators, the dumb as a stump but what nice hair he’s got oh it’s a rug well he still hates veterans the coward George Allen and the way too smart to do something this stupid John Warner.
The former’s to be expected. The latter’s a disappointment.
But not the biggest disappointment. That would be Bob Menendez from New Jersey. A democrat in a red state could perhaps be forgiven for being an idiot and a coward and acquiescing to what his constituents perhaps want—probably not, given that polls showed the American public was against changing the Bill of Rights in this way by 55 percent to 45 percent—although it’d be even better if he voted his conscience. So Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia showed again that he’s got the backbone of a slug. No surprise but still disappointing. But a guy from the great state of New Jersey? You gotta be kidding.
Which makes Senator Robert Byrd’s actions all the more notable. Facing his first serious reelection challenge in almost seven hundred years (or so it seems), Byrd cast the decisive vote, a vote which may actually cost him the election. That’s pretty studly. Especially for a guy who’s, you know, older than Methuselah.
Explaining why he refused to sell his soul just to keep his seat, Byrd said, "Old Glory lives because the Constitution lives. We love that flag, but we love the guarantees of the Constitution more."
We love the Bill of Rights and actually believe it means something. Wacky, I know, but that’s how folks who truly love the United States of America feel.
I'm getting all choked up here.
So there you go. The good guys won this time and major props to all my Left of the Dial peeps who called their senators and urged them not to wazzle all over the First Amendment. (Yeah, that’s right, I’m lookin’ right at you, Bridgie: thanks for calling your girl Hillary and your boy Chuck.) Y’all done did good.
See you in two years.